Throughout all of this drama, the German people remained unaware of Hitler’s romantic relationship with Eva. The only time the link was ever mentioned was when Eva sat near Hitler during the Winter 1936 Olympics. That was in spite of the fact that, by then, Eva was spending much of her time at Hitler’s estate, the Berghof.
She played lady of the house, drinking wine while Hitler drank tea and entertaining anyone who came to visit. She was in charge of the twelve servants, and she began taking pictures of the Nazi party members who visited, selling somevof the photographs to her old boss. She took up mountain climbing and sunbathing, and watching illicit American films.
She called the estate The Grand Hotel, because she was a fan of the Greta Garbo movie. She also learned how to bowl, and installed an alley in the cellar. Hitler left her with a huge allowance, which meant she could have her hair styled daily, and buy as many clothes and jewels as she liked.
The unfortunate aspect here is that this all sounds kind of nice and domestic. Except that sex with Hitler sounds terrible.
Hitler took primitive love potions. By the same token, if Eva was having her period when Hitler came to visit, she was told to remedy it. I have no idea how one even begins doing that, other than some bizarre bargaining with God.
“He just needs me for certain purposes,” Eva lamented in her diary in 1935.