He Was My Chief

He Was My Chief

The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary

Book - 2009
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Schroeder recalls Hitler as a man, and provides an intimate view of the workings of his household. She reveals Hitler's likes and dislikes, his daily routine and habits, his relationship with his family, the games he used to play-- even his sense of humour.
Publisher: London : Frontline, ©2009.
ISBN: 9781848325364
Characteristics: xxxii, 208 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Aug 13, 2012

Almost every day, Hitler, his office staff and guests would take meals together and socialize over tea. As in other memoirs from his personal staff, Hitler here seems generally pleasant, witty, considerate, sensitive, even self-effacing, remarking on his own weaknesses or joking at his own expense. He had universal interests and sharp opinions on everything. He had read widely, and could recall endless facts in detail. He put great emphasis on art, considering Himmler too unmusical to succeed him. He was especially concerned with diet, and harm from tobacco. He talked of banning smoking throughout Germany; to prepare the public, he would first require a death's head on every cigarette pack. He objected to killing animals, and thought plant food much healthier. The authoress notes the mutual influence of Hitler and Eva Braun in social settings. Hitler wrote and revised his own speeches. He was scrupulous in private transactions. None of this had any effect on Hitler's war decisions. He did not discuss the war at meals or tea; they were an escape from work. Later Christa Schroeder was prosecuted as a major war criminal for typing Hitler's speeches and personal letters; she had never typed military orders.

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