Hitler and Geli Hardcover – 19 Feb 1998
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Few people knew about the affair Adolf Hitler had with his niece, Geli Raubal, when he was 38 and she was only 17. Geli came to live with Hitler in his house in Berchtesgaden with her mother, Angelika Raubal - his widowed half-sister and the only one of his relatives he was on good terms with. The couple shared a strangely intense passionate relationship in the early years they spent together, but it was always dogged by Hitler's hopeless intolerance, chauvinistic attitude to womanhood and his perpetual possessive jealousy. Later, the significant weakening of the bond between Hitler and Geli coincided with the phenomenal rise in the popularity of the Nazis. On 14 September 1930, nearly six-and-a-half million people voted for the party that was, by then, virtually Hitler's personal possession. He had achieved unchallenged supremacy as leader, and this idolization by his public lessened his need to idolize Geli. His tenderness became twisted and his behaviour even more oppressive. In 1931, aged 21, Geli Raubal was found dead in the Munich flat she shared with Hitler; his revolver on the floor and an unfinished letter on the table.Hitler was absolutely shattered by his niece's death, and for the rest of his life was unable to speak of her without tears coming to his eyes. However, despite the obvious depth of Hitler's feelings for Geli and the enormous importance of their relationship in his life, there is scarcely mention of their strange uncle-niece bond. This volume examines the degeneracy in the family Hitler and Geli both came from, the emotional and sexual problems Hitler suffered, and gives the reader a chance to look at Hitler the man. It charts Hitler's movements away from normality and the consequent deterioration of his behaviour.
About the Author
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...