A book bringing together the personal accounts of servants and maids who worked for the dictator reveals Hitler was so broken by the death of the young woman he insisted her bedroom at his home remained untouched.
Living With Hitler includes the words of Herbert Dohring, the Nazi leader’s housekeeper; Karl Wilhelm Krause, his valet and Anna Plaim, his chambermaid.
Herbert was given a job at Hitler’s remote Berghof retreat in the mountains of Bavaria in 1935 where his wife already worked as a cook.
His wife had told him Hitler’s niece Geli Raubal had been given her own room at Berghof.
MONSTER: Adolf Hitler as a young boy
“He told my wife he wanted to shoot himself”
Herbert Dohring, Hitler’s housekeeper
“It was a simply furnished bedsit on the top floor,” he said.
“Inside were an old wooden bed, a chair and a wooden cupboard with a mirrored door — that was it.”
In 1931, just months before Geli committed suicide at the age of 23, Anna noticed the pair were spending more and more time together, taking walkings in the mountains.
Herbert said: “One day, she entered the living room and found them locked in an embrace on the sofa.
A knobbly-kneed Adolf Hitler
“Anna just quietly closed the door.”
Geli shot herself the following September in Hitler’s Munich apartment.
The pair had rowed earlier that day after Hitler banned her from leaving for Vienna.
He did not go to Geli’s funeral but was driven up secretly to her grave in Vienna.
Hitler on his release from Landsberg Prison, 20 December 1924
“After that, he just locked himself in her room at the Berghof for an entire week,” Herbert said.
“He told my wife he wanted to shoot himself.”
He refused to eat, and turned Geli’s room at Berghof into a shrine to the young woman.
At first it was used to store presents sent to Hitler from obsessed supporters.
But when Berghof was later renovated, Hitler ordered the room to be left as it was when Geli lived there.
Herbert claimed even years after his niece’s death, Hitler still had affection for Geli.
In 1940 his wife showed a picture she’d found of Geli to Hitler, who asked: “Anna, would you kindly let me have this photo? When the war is over, I’ll give it back to you.”
Hitler’s girlfriend Eva Braun was just a few rooms away at the time, said Herbert.
“It was clear to me Hitler had loved his niece, and loved her still”, Herbert added.
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