Shelved Dolls: Eva Braun – Satan’s Bride

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. 

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    • Renee

      I don’t think you really need to defend her. She made her choices, and regardless of what was going on in her head, she clearly knew that things were not kosher (zing!). I’m not sure that being dumb and in love is really enough of an excuse to say that she wasn’t a bad person. Her one influence on the war was about cosmetics…

      She strikes me as Kim Kardashian type. Not really willing to kill to get the lifestyle she wants, but willing to skirt the line of morality, and perfectly willing to have others do the dirty work, provided she doesn’t have to deal with it, but still gets to live the high life.

      • BeccaTheCyborg

        Pretty much this.

        Also, Hitler dated Diana Mitford for a while to make her jealous.

      • Jennifer Wright

        YOU AND YOUR MITFORD SISTERS.

      • BeccaTheCyborg

        I have other obsessions.

        Armpit hair. The general weirdness of pumpkin-flavoured beverages. My belief Anna Wintour is actually some kind of undead queen.

    • Danielle

      Another fascinating read.

    • Anjie

      I look forward to this series every week. Fantastic – as always!

      Also, I love this:
      Be good to your female friends. Listen to your parents, too. Our judgement is weak and flawed, because we are people, and people have soft, stupid hearts. But if you can surround yourself with people who love you and have your best interest at heart, there will be someone to drag you up from your emotional bunkers.

    • Kim

      Eva had to have recognized Hitler when introduced. She was playing coy to get his attention.

      • Sabrina

        This was my thought too. It makes sense that she was just playing coy. And obviously Hitler liked it.

    • Emma

      Great article, but King was quoting Dante…

    • P

      Off topic, but just wondering if the pop-up book made you more or less afraid of sexual organs as you got older? Would you thank your mother today for demystifying the stuff that many people wouldn’t talk about with their kids?

    • Renee

      Frida Kahlo next?

    • len132

      Eleanor of Aquitaine? Pleeeeaaaaaase?!?! I’m making puppy dog eyes at you. You don’t know me, but my puppy dog eyes are very good.

    • footnotegirl

      Empress Theadora!

    • Ellen W.

      So, 3 women shot themselves avobe the neck for Hitler? That’s so crazy. I mean, I know powerful men can attract some very unstable women, but did Lenin have this kind of awful track record with girlfriends?

    • Alyssa

      She was a bad person. She had to know what Hitler was doing and the fact that she was apathetic to the thought of her sister in a concentration camp or the death of her brother in law support that. Her biggest concern about the war was lack of cosmetics and she wore fancy underwear and swimsuits at a time where people were dying because of the man she loved. Please don’t defend her. Don’t even consider the possibility that she was a “good person”. She was obviously amoral and she knew what she was doing. Don’t blame it on her lack of female friends or that women in love do crazy things. I usually love the shelved doll articles, and I learn a lot from them. However, it seems to me like you were just trying to make excuses for her and that’s all this article was really about and I honestly find that appalling.

    • Cat

      Great article!

    • MR

      As always you did another nice job on this one. I have no sympathy for her. Maybe she’s a reflection of how the German people bought into Nazi fanaticism. It’s of course very disturbing. Under their system, any citizen could be labled an enemy of the State. You were gulity to proven innocent. On a side note, the Russians (the Soviets at the time) historically have never been our natural enemy – ie. when we had a conflict over whaling rights off of Alaska, we convinced them to sell the whole thing to us. During Hitler’s war, we ran a weapons supply line across what is today Iran (Persia) to them. If the Germans had won the Battle of Stalingrad, they would have closed it and captured their oil supply. It truly was the turning point: Enemy at the Gates.

    • lovecomesfromlife

      The circle of hell meant for betrayers (of all types) is cold. Like the betrayer’s hearts.