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The perfect woman for Hitler,
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This review is from: Magda Goebbels (Hardcover)
After having read the biography of Eva Braun and comparing it to the one on Magda Goebbels, it is clear to see that Magda Goebbels was the true definition of the Nazi wife. Keeping her intentions to stay true to the Third Reich's ideaology to the bitter end, she was prepared to use her six children as sacrificial lambs to the slaughter instead of letting them be taken away to safety as the Reich crumbled all around them.
It is very interesting to see the changes wrought in Magda's life as she had a relationship with the complete antithesis to Josef Goebbels; Chaim Arlosoroff. She certainly was a women who liked extremes!
Klabunde writes intelligently and highlights Magda's life as a child during the Great War and then through her relationship with Arlosoroff to her marriage to Gunther Quandt. To women of the post-war era, it is hard to see just what exactly drew her to the unattractive Goebbels as Gunther Quandt was perfectly capable of keeping her in luxury just as Goebbels himself did. But the days of the Third Reich were no ordinary times and we have only what the author herself has to say on the subject.
Magda came across to me as someone I would not have liked in the end, cold, completely without heart. No parent has the right to sacrifice their children's lives and perhaps it is just as well she too committed suicide so as not to hear history pass judgement on her. She claimed her children were "too good for this world". Hitler's relatives changed their names to escape the stigma, the Goebbels children should have had the opportunity to do the same.
An interesting book nonetheless.