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.