Lets Talk About Eva
At the end of class on Tuesday we briefly discussed Hitler, how he never had any children, and for the most part seemed to have no personal relationships. However, he did have one important relationship, not often highlighted in history books we have read.
To have a better understanding of Hitler’s personal life, it’s important to meet Eva Braun, located in the photo here. She was seventeen years old when they met, while she was an employee at the shop of Heinrich Hoffmann. Eva was perfect, being “of purely Aryan descent (Hitler had her family investigated for Jewish taint)” (1).
Hitler’s and Eva relationship was never official, till the very end. Therefore, not following the typical Nazi ideal, of women getting married and having children. Why did Hitler never get married to Eva or discuss this relationship publicly? She was crazy about him. She tried to commit suicide in 1932 to get his attention and “again three years later when she feared that Hitler’s interest was flagging” (1). As a result, she did get more attention from Hitler, as he then supplied her an apartment near him in Munich.
Hitler was married to his work and focused on the success of the nation; he did not have time for marriage. As Spielvogel says “Men were meant to be warriors and political leaders,” which was a main part of Hitler’s image (2). Hitler did not highlight his personal relationships, maybe due to the fact that they would have humanized him, when the Nazi ideology often focused on men suppressing their emotions for the sake of the nation.
Despite Eva wanting the attention of Hitler, and probably marriage, he was focused on his work. He needed to keep up a devoted image to the public, to show them that he was completely devoted to Germany. As Hitler said “I am married to the German people and their fate!” (1). Therefore, Eva’s story was never highlighted and their relationship never made public, allowing Hitler to keep up this image of a man devoted only to his nation.
- “Adolf and Eva,” Dorothy Gallagher, accessed October 20, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/books/review/eva-braun-life-with-hitler-by-heike-b-gortemakertranslated-by-damion-searls-book-review.html?_r=0, page 1
- Jackson J. Spielvogel and David Redles, Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History Seventh Edition (New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2014), 169