Eva Anna Paula Hitler (née Braun; 6 February 1912 – 30 April 1945) was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich when she was a 17-year-old assistant and model for his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann. She began seeing Hitler often about two years later. She attempted suicide twice during their early relationship. By 1936, she was a part of his household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden and lived a sheltered life throughout World War II. Braun was a photographer, and she took many of the surviving colour photographs and films of Hitler. She was a key figure within Hitler's inner social circle, but did not attend public events with him until mid-1944, when her sister Gretl married Hermann Fegelein, the SS liaison officer on his staff.As Nazi Germany was collapsing towards the end of the war, Braun swore loyalty to Hitler and went to Berlin to be by his side in the heavily reinforced Führerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery garden. As Red Army troops fought their way into the centre government district, on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony; she was 33 and he was 56. Less than 40 hours later, they committed suicide together in a sitting room of the bunker, she by biting into a capsule of cyanide, and he by a gunshot to the head. The German public was unaware of Braun's relationship with Hitler until after their deaths.
Eva Braun was born in Munich and was the second daughter of school teacher Friedrich "Fritz" Braun (1879–1964) and Franziska "Fanny" Kronberger (1885–1976); her mother had worked as a seamstress before her marriage. She had an elder sister, Ilse (1909–1979), and a younger sister, Margarete (Gretl) (1915–1987).Braun's parents were divorced in April 1921, but remarried in November 1922, probably for financial reasons (hyperinflation was plaguing the German economy at the time). Braun was educated at a Catholic lyceum in Munich, and then for one year at a business school in the Convent of the English Sisters in Simbach am Inn, where she had average grades and a talent for athletics.At age 17, she took a job working for Heinrich Hoffmann, the official photographer for the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Initially employed as a shop assistant and sales clerk, she soon learned how to use a camera and develop photographs. She met Hitler, 23 years her senior, at Hoffmann's studio in Munich in October 1929. He had been introduced to her as "Herr Wolff". Eva's sister, Gretl, also worked for Hoffman from 1932 onward, and the women rented an apartment together for a time. Gretl accompanied her sister on her later trips with Hitler to the Obersalzberg.
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The Meaning of Hitler
Insights into the resurgence of white supremacy, antisemitism, and the weaponization of history are provided by this provocative consideration of the lasting influence and draw of Hitler.
Le Mystère de la mort d'Hitler
The Fuhrerbunker was taken over by the Soviets on May 2, 1945. On May 5th, they found the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun in the garden. The investigation of Hitler's death was kept a secret.
Mussolini-Hitler: The Killer's Opera
Both Hitler and Mussolini were able to help each other achieve their designs. The realities of war soon tore the mask off of their united front. Two nations with completely different cultures swore th...
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Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler
The stupidity of the Germans made Hitler rise to power. The population voted for him because they were afraid of communism and chaos. The system of government was defended by no one. The leader was pr...
Eva Braun, dans l'intimité d'Hitler
Eva Braun was the mistress of Hitler until their suicide in Berlin in 1945. The Nazis' center of decision was where she shot amateur films from 1937 to 1944, at Hitler's Berghof. Color images allow fo...
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Death in the Bunker: The True Story of Hitler's Downfall
Adolf Hitler spent the last ten days of his life in a bunker underneath the Chancellery of the Reich. Unwilling to face the consequences of defeat, the dictator ended his own life on April 30, 1945 in...
The Hidden Führer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler's Sexuality
In 2001, respected German historian Lothar Machtan dropped a bombshell on the world of Hitler studies. His book "The Hidden Hitler" caused a storm of controversy. The Fhrer's private life is explored ...
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
The filmmakers turned their camera on 81-year-old Traudl Junge, who served as Adolf Hitler's secretary from 1942 to 1945, and allowed her to speak about her experiences. Junge sheds light on life in t...
Adolf & Eva
Home footage and reenactments of the life and times of Hitler with his mistress, Eva Braun. Their early days of happiness were followed by long separations due to the war. As the war drew to a close, ...
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Human Remains shows the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of the 20th century's most reviled dictators. The personal lives of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Franco are revealed in...
The Third Reich In Color
This remarkable trove of color footage, assembled from far-flung private and state collections, presents Hitler's Europe as never before. Soldiers, tourists, Hitler's own pilot, even Hitler's mistress...
The Home Movies of Eva Braun
A different view on the Nazi and the Third Reich camp. Eva Braun was the companion and later wife to Adolf Hitler. She was a photographer and amateur filmmaker. Her collection of home videos was recor...
Eva Braun: Her Life with Adolf Hitler
Documents the tale of a dim, middle-class teenager who comes to love the greatest mass murderer of all time. Includes movies Eva shot with a 16mm camera and narrated with excerpts from her diary.
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Adolf Hitler - Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer: Dokumente der Zeitgeschichte
The film starts with the First World War and ends in 1945. The recordings came from weekly news reports from different countries. The private lives of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were previously unseen...
Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
One man who will change the history of the world forever is Adolf Hitler. It begins with the death of his mother and ends with his entry into politics. His service in the army, awards, writing, politi...