In 1940 Poland, Vienna and Paris belonged to Hitler. Eva celebrated by wearing Parisian lingerie and Viennese swimsuits. Eva began to refer her lover not as “Mr. Hitler” but as “The Fuhrer.”
She must have noted that events were going wrong. Her sister had been fired by the doctor she worked for. That was incredibly perceptive, because around that time, people were only begining to understand the difference between Jews and Aryans. Hitler began establishing concentration camps.
It seems very unlikely that Hitler would not have told Eva that he hated Jews, and that she did not know what was going on. Her sister Isle, continued to criticize Hitler adamantly; Eva once said, “If the Fuhrer puts you in a concentration camp, I will not help you.”
When the convent she went to as a teenager was turned into a Nazi training camp and the nuns begged for help, she responded, “Let your hair grow.” Because nuns have short hair.
Lady, it may not have been “the life for you” but it was the life of some people. I understand that Eva might have wished to remain as apolitical as possible, but it shocks me – shocks me! – that she didn’t want to use her influence to help those who were close to her. She was literally in bed with Hitler.
There was only one time Eva stood up to Hitler. In shifting over to a wartime economy Hitler was trying to stop cosmetics and hair products from being produced in Germany. Eva told him that German women would not stand for this lack. Hitler arranged for their production to be decreased, rather than actually banned.
So she had influence. Influence which she applied terribly.