Shelved Dolls: Eva Braun – Satan’s Bride

Hitler returned to the shop and began inviting her out to dinner. Eva’s father disapproved and said that Hitler was an imbecile. Meanwhile, Eva’s sister, Isle, worked for a Jewish doctor and, understandably, kind of thought Hitler sucked. Her other sister, however, liked him. Margarete and Eva soon began sharing an apartment. Sometimes, Hitler would take them both out (but I think in a friendly, third wheel kind of way, not a menage-a-trois way.) Hitler was 23 years older than Eva, another reason her family disapproved of him.

However, Hitler soon came to power in the Weimar Republic. He would become Germany’s Chancellor by 1933.  I don’t know if Eva’s relatives decided they liked him better as his power increased, but I bet they started keeping quiet about their feelings.

Recounting this, I can’t help but think of that other Eva – Eva Peron, who I am kind of in love with. She seemed to have begun her relationship in a similar way – entranced with a political figure much older than she was, agreeing with him on everything, really idolizing him – but then she began to learn about politics, and, by his side, became an influential political figure herself.

Nothing of that kind would transpire with Eva Braun.

But then, Juan Peron, whether he was just being indulgent or not, taught Eva Peron all about politics. He let her sit in on all his meetings. Meanwhile, Hitler told Eva that he loved her because she was a “nice girl of no importance.” He once said:

“Imagine if on top of everything else I had a woman who interfered with my work! In my leisure time I want to have peace . . . I could never marry. Think of the problems if I had children! In the end they would try to make my son my successor.”

And Eva Braun was seemingly besotted with Hitler. Just as Eva Peron might have pursued politics because it made her indispensable to Peron, Eva Braun might have avoided learning about politics because that seemed to be what her lover wanted.

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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.