London, Monday, February 4, 2002
added by this website; the picture of
Traudl Junge is from her
interview in The Fatal
typist tells of Hitler, the friendly boss
By Toby Helm
former secretary has given an intimate
account of her "easy going" and "friendly"
Traudl Junge, 81, who typed
Hitler's last will and testament in
his Berlin bunker tells of the
fascination she felt for the Nazi leader
she loved working for in a book entitled
To the Last Hour.
It is one of the most vivid -- and
probably the last -- first-hand accounts
of his final hours from a member of his
"I have to say I was fascinated by
Adolf Hitler and he was a pleasant boss
and a fatherly friend," she writes. "I
deliberately ignored the warning voices
existing inside me and enjoyed the time
with him almost to the bitter end."
It was only after the war that her
feelings changed. "Following the
revelations about his crimes, I will have
to live with a feeling of guilt until my
last hour." She describes the events of
April 28, 1945.
bombs and shells were pounding the centre
of Berlin; Hitler had decided that defeat
was inevitable and that suicide was the
only way out.
He asked Ms Junge: "How are you my
child? Have you had some rest? I want to
-- dictate something." It was his final
will and testament.
He told her to "make three copies and
then come in". She recalls: "I wrote as
fast as I could. My fingers worked
mechanically and I was surprised that I
hardly made any typing mistakes."
Later Hitler married Eva Braun
in the room where the will was typed. The
couple committed suicide two days
Relevant items on this website:
Sereny: "Traudl Junge, Hitler's
secretary from 1943, says the
Führer she knew was kind, paternal
and fond of gossip"
Irving: Hitler's War (based on
Traudl Junge's then unpublished
original and unexpurgated memoirs and
on Mr Irving's 1960s interviews with
her). Free download of new Milllennium
Illustration from David
Irving: Hitler's War.
this picture as a 2' x 3' Focal Point