1st Edition

Hitler's Women

By Guido Knopp Copyright 2003
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    Of course I love my husband, but my love for Hitler is stronger, wrote Magda Goebbels, the socialite wife of Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and super-mom of the Third Reich. An unprecedented look at the women of Hitler's inner circle, Hitler's Women presents six chilling portraits of the leading women in Hitler's life and the role they played in the Nazi regime. Here are the lives of Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress, whose lifelong dream of marrying the Fuehrer was fulfilled shortly before they committed suicide; Magda Goebbels, who married her husband to be close to Hitler; Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law Winifred, who refused two proposals of marriage from Hitler; Leni Refenstahl, the brilliant filmmaker who became the Nazis' propagandist; diva Zarah Leander, who denied ever being a Nazi but made a fortune in films for the fatherland; and screen goddess Marlene Dietrich, who left Germany and fought Hitler with all means at her disposal. The lives of these women illuminate how the Nazis envisaged German womanhood--loyal, stylish, talented and maternal--and show that it is often a short step from collaboration to dissent, from conformity to resistance. Award-winning German journalist Guido Knopp mines diaries, letters, unpublished photographs and interviews with friends to create an absorbing, intimate look into a dark part of history.

    1. The Mistress-Eva Braun 2. The Devotee-Magda Gooebbels 3. The Film Director-Leni Riefenstahl 4. The Muse-Winifred Wagner 5. The Songstress-Zarah Leander 6. The Adversary-Marlene Dietrich


    Guido Knopp was editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a leading German newspaper, and the Chief Foreign Editor of the news show Welt am Sonntag. Since 1984 he has been Head of History and Current Affairs for ZDF, the German national TV station. He has written numerous TV documentaries and best-selling books including Hitler's Hitmen and Hitler's Holocaust.