Shelved Dolls: Eva Braun – Satan’s Bride

I don’t think she could have started out that way. Eva was born in 1912. She was the daughter of a school teacher and a seamstress. Her parents briefly divorced, but later remarried, and were known to spoil their daughters, perhaps because they felt guilty about that whole “divorce” time. As far as I can tell, they were not mass murderers who sewed a gypsy inside a horse (I’m looking at you, Elizabeth Bathory) so I’m disinclined to believe that Eva’s attraction to Hitler could have been a result of childhood teachings.

She had two sisters, Isle and Margarete, all of whom attended Catholic school. She wasn’t a very good student. However, she was known to have a cheerful disposition and she was good at athletics. She liked nice clothes and make-up. She coaxed friends into doing schoolwork for her. I see her not as a cheerleader, but one of those semi-popular, universally liked girls who are blonde and on the lacrosse team. You know, like this:

serena van der woodsen eva braun

Read into this what you will about the final season of  Gossip Girl. In reality, I think she was into gymnastics, but that’s a less commonly acknowledged high school stereotype. You can see a picture of her balancing on the beam, her arms held victoriously high here:

She was also known to be an excellent dancer. When she was 16, her parents became worried that she was too boy crazy.

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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.