• Tue, Oct 2 2012

Shelved Dolls: Eva Braun – Satan’s Bride

By the time Hitler became Chancellor, atrocities were already beginning to take place. However, Eva seemed oblivious. She was doing yoga.

eva braun yoga

Seriously.

And she was riding around in Hitler’s car, and going on vacations, and buying dresses and saying she only wanted “a merry life.” On May 28th, 1935, Eva wrote in her diary, “His head was full of political problems all the time. But isn’t there a relaxation now?”

However, soon after, Hitler left Eva again. Political problems. Months went by with no letters from him. Eva fell, once again, into deep despair. She wrote in her diary, “Oh, God, I’m afraid there won’t be a reply today. If only someone would help me. Everything is horribly bleak. Maybe I shouldn’t have written him. This uncertainty is more hard to bear than a sudden end. I must speak to him today. Tomorrow will be too late. This time, I have decided on 35 tablets. If only he would get someone to telephone me.”

Eva keeps striking me as a Jackie Susann character, but surely, everyone, at some time, has felt that terrible anxiety over a lover who seems to be ignoring you. The anxiety is almost unbearable. It’s only shocking in this case because her anxiety was caused by Hitler.

After her second suicide attempt (after ingesting 35 tablets, she was discovered by her sister once again, and revived) Hitler began to take her around with him, introducing her to party members as his private secretary. The position meant that she could enter the Chancellery by way of the side staircase somewhat unnoticed.

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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.