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Hitler and Geli Hardcover – 19 Feb 1998
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Ronald Hayman is a celebrated playwright, and biographer of Nietzsche, Brecht, Sylvia Plath and Thomas Mann.
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Those who were around Hitler in his years before he was elected all knew Geli. Hitler took her to many public functions and she lived at his mountain retreat with her mother - his half sister, or with him at his apartment in Munich. The book doesn't eve give the floor plan to show how large his 6 room apartment was and is. An apartment building floor is more correct, and they didn't live there alone as some suggest. Hitler loved her, why? It is not explored. She was best described as a 'wannabe' flapper, a product of the Roaring Twenties. Hitler, some twenty years older was brought up in more restrained, Victorian times with more defined ideas of morals and decency. She lost her father at an eary age and when she came to Munich with her mother and sister she was already a bit wild. Her uncle attempted to fill the role of father as well as uncle. This really isn't explored. Geli has a sister who came with her from Austria to Munich, though almost nothing is said about her. This book provides no answers, no new insight and fails on many levels. It is poorly researched and is better borrowed than purchased.
Well written book but no, it brings us no closer to answers, but is some interesting speculation, much of based on Geli's comments to friends before her death...
Geli was Hitler's niece, the child of his half-sister Angela. Enchanted by her youth and vivacious personality, Hitler fell in love with the girl when he hired her mother Angela to be his housekeeper. Because she came from a poor background, Geli was won over by "Uncle Alf's" gifts and luxurious lifestyle he could provide for her and her family. But there was a huge sacrifice: her life in exchange for luxury. As Hitler rose to power, she became a virtual prisoner in his apartment. When she wasn't with him, he had her locked up and guarded by his henchmen. When Geli had affairs with a couple of men, including Hitler's driver, Hitler sabotaged the relationships. Although there was no eyewitnesses, there's strong evidence that she became Hitler's mistress, forced to do disgusting things to sexually arouse her uncle. The gilded cage had become a perverted prison for this young girl, who, like most people her age, just wanted to have fun and experience life. To add to her misery, Hitler flouted his relationship with Eva Braun as a way to invoke jealousy and keep Geli in line.
If Geli did kill herself, she would have good reason. However, she was planning on going to Vienna to be with a boyfriend, but Hitler put a stop to all that by putting a gun to her head.
I highly recommend this book. It is well-written and carefully researched on a subject that not too many people knew about.
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