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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping historical memoir, 24 April 2008
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This review is from: Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary (Paperback)
Hitler comes across as the true wolf in sheeps clothing in this gripping memoir by his young secretary Traudl.

The book is very well written by Traudl, it doesn't bore at all and keeps up an interesting pace throughout. Like the other readers we all wonder about Traudl's real knowledge of events at the time. She comes over as more than a little selfish, preferring the comforts and glamour of the life surrounding Hitler to the harsh world outside. Pretending not to have any understanding of what was going on, even when the innocent daughter of a friend put her foot in it talking about the 'poor jews' on the train in Holland, asking Hitler if he knew about it, thereby causing a very icy atmosphere in the chalet, Truadl soon forgets.

I did wonder too if she could have done something to have saved the 6 little children who were killed by Goebbles wife in the bunker. Traudl seemed to know it was going to happen but did nothing to help them. No wonder she had mental problems afterwards!

Everything else that needs to be said has already been explained by other readers so it is just for me to say I highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in 2nd World War or indeed how a psycopath can manipulate so many people with charm and persuasion.

The photos are great and offer another insight into the strange world of Adolph Hitler.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2008 20:40:06 BDT
Sally -

what do you think would have happened to the Goebbels chidren if she had been able to save them?

Thomas Dunskus

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2008 01:40:05 BDT
Sally Wilton says:
Do you ask that because you think their life would have been tragic or not worth living? Children deserve a chance I think, they were completely innocent. Would probably be about the age of my parents if they had survived. Thanks for reading my review.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2008 11:48:11 BDT
Sally -

I raised that point because I believe the Goebbels parents were very well informed about the habits of the Bolsheviks and did not want to expose their offspring to that kind of treatment.

Thomas

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2008 21:46:06 BDT
Sally Wilton says:
Thats a good point. Having recently read about Stalin, he makes Hitler seem quite amiable. Right and wrong is very blurred in war.
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