A English girl guide recalled the astonishing moment she met Adolf Hitler, describing him as a smiley “little chap, rather like Charlie Chaplin”.
Georgina Giles was just a child when she travelled to Bavaria and Austria in 1936 and met the Nazi leader, finding him utterly charming.
It is thought her guide pack visited the dictator’s home while staying with the Hitler Youth, with pictures from the time showing Swastikas and Nazis.
The journal also contains a section when the girls saw the Fuhrer at his house in the Bavarian Alps, unaware of the devastation that was soon to come in World War 2.
She described his “fascinating” smile and how he was good with children.
The diary is typed and provides a intriguing snap shot of the times, packed with postcards Georgina brought back many featuring images of Hitler.
It has been unearthed by Rhiannon Shutler, 39, who wants to share it as a warning from history.
She also wants to tell the story to remind today’s society just how manipulative evil people can be.
In her dairy Georgina wrote of Hitler: “He’s a little chap, rather like Charlie Chaplin, with his toothbrush moustache, with a very fascinating smile.
“With children he is wonderful. He talks to them, accepts their posies and lets them stand by him while the people pass by saluting.
“He only had four Stormtroopers guarding him and it all seemed very informal. When we passed he smiled sweetly and saluted several times.”
Rhiannon, from Piddlehinton, Dorset, is now hoping to trace any of the people featured in the journal and get it into a museum.
She said: “I think the Girl Guides were staying at the same hostel as the Hitler Youth.
“The boys were hiking to Hitler’s house the next day and asked if the girls wants to come with them. It was purely by chance.
“The author, she seems quite gregarious. She’s clearly interested in talking to people.
“She recorded everything. I wonder if she was doing the diary for a badge.
“Some of the photos of Hitler were handouts that were already printed off. It was basically just propaganda.”
Rhiannon says the journal was bought by her father at auction in Bridport, in 2016.
She said: “My father, Edward, he bought it. He thought mistakes were made and shouldn’t be repeated.
“He really wanted people to remember and for it to not happen again. It delivers an important message.
“Imagine how the girl felt afterwards! Hitler turned out to be a monster. I’d love to know what her reaction was.
“I think it’s an important reminder of how, in hindsight, things in society can go incredibly wrong.
“They were completely unaware of how things were going to pan out. It talks very positively about Hitler.
“To me, it’s also a very good example of how he used his power as an adult to manipulate children. He realised you could control them.”
Learning assistant Rhiannon would now like to find any of people mentioned in the memoir who are still living to get more information before handing it to a museum.
She added: “We’d love to know more about the girl who wrote the diary. We’ve had some interest from a museum.
“I’d imagine the Girl Guides would have a record of the trip somewhere.”
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