Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary

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Arcade Publishing, 2004 - 261 páginas
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In 1942 Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina like her sister, when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hilter, and she served him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. Her memoir, which she wrote not long after the war when the memories were still fresh, offers a unique and chilling glimpse of the human face of this man known to posterity as a monster.
As part of the secretarial pool, Junge observed the intimate workings of Hitler's administration. She traveled back and forth with him between the Wolf's Lair in eastern Prussia and Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, and finally to the bunker in Berlin. She typed correspondence and speeches, including Hitler's public and private last will and testament. She and the other secretaries ate their meals and spent evenings with him, as well as with Eva Braun and high-ranking Nazi officials. She was close enough to hear the bomb that was intended to assassinate Hitler in the Wolf's Lair. She heard the shot with which Hitler ended his life, and smelled the bitter almond odor of Eva Braun's cyanide pill.
But while Junge was witness to crucial events in Hitler's last years, it is her precise, detailed observations of the outwardly normal, almost mundane quality of day-to-day life with Hitler that prove most disturbing in her memoir. In this she confirms once again - as did Victor Klemperer in his diary I Will Bear Witness - what Hannah Arendt has called the banality of evil.
 

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Junge was Hitler's personal secretary from 1942 to the end in the bunker in Berlin in 1945. Never interested in politics, she never realized what the Nazi's were really doing until after the war. She ... Leer comentario completo

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This was written by a woman who, at the age of 22, became one of Hitler's secretaries. She is naive and unaware of what is actually going on in the prison camps. She paints a picture of 2 Hitlers--the ... Leer comentario completo

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Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, United Kingdom on May 10, 1936. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She worked as a translator, primarily from German and French. Her translations included works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people. The first book she ever translated was Otfried Preussler's children's book The Little Water-Sprite. She also translated works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff, Christian Morgenstern, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, Cornelia Funke, and E. T. A. Hoffman. She received numerous translation prizes and awards including the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute, the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life, the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. She also received Germany's Verdienstkreuz in 2015 and was appointed OBE in 2010. She died on October 18, 2018 at the age of 82.

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