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on 14 July 2013
If you want to know what it was like in the bunker on the last days of the war as the Allies advanced from the west and the Red Army came in from the east this is the book you want. The film Downfall is based on it and you can also see Traudl Junge in the World at War. Chilling
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VINE VOICEon 24 April 2008
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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on 7 May 2016
A well written account of life in Hitler's inner circle, a subject which has a fascination despite being one of the most brutal and murderous regimes ever, a fact that Traudl Junge seems to have either failed to notice or conveniently ignored. Either way it is a useful historical account with her own human side adding to the experience. I watched the film Downfall before reading this and that is a very well made film and well worth watching if you have an interest in this subject.
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on 11 December 2012
The author provides a detailed description as her time as a secretary to Hitler. It is a difficult book to absorb because of her complex relation to Hitler. On the one hand she shows him as being quite human in private but she acknowledges that he was also a moral monster in terms of his impact on the world. To some extent her portrayal helps one understand the way these contradictions are played out - especially in her description of the last days.
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on 22 September 2013
This is a very readable book, far more so than Christa Schroeder's, although it's less hard-hitting. Frau Junge was present during Hitler's final years and was one of the last to leave the bunker, and her story is very personal. She insists that she didn't know much about what was going on - the Fuhrer was very close-lipped about his activities where women were concerned - and was horrified when she found out, which may or may not be the case.
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on 19 February 2014
Anyone trying to get an insight into Hitler will find this an interesting read. I have also read Inside the third Reich by Albert Speer where he describes his relationship with Hitler . So Until the final hour gives you another view of someone who closely worked with him to better build up a mental picture of the most evil man of our times.
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on 24 June 2013
The real life of the final hours gives a day to day of what happened in the wolfs lair and at the berghof plus the final hours in Berlin. The story after is a little boring but it gives you the story of this secretary's life how she got away from the east and into the west but still worth reading.
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on 11 October 2015
If you're interested in the final days of the Third Reich, this is the book. From my own point of view there is too much info, such as who was at the dining table and what they ate etc., but apart from that, it's completely absorbing, giving a real feel for what it was like in the last days.
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on 3 June 2015
An interesting look at the war from a different perspective and from someone who was right in the center of all the madness. Stayed until the bitter end, managed to survive and escape unmarked from Russian held Berlin. A interesting story and an interesting lady.
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on 22 February 2014
Disappointing; nothing new and mostly about the author rather than the downfall.
Interesting insight into the death of a man who had promised to fight to the end as he had ordered
fellow Germans to do. Story about no one being responsible but
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