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Hedwig Potthast, who had also once been a secretary for Heinrich Himmler, and who had had two children by him, Helge and Nanette-Dorothee, lived next to the house where Peiper's family then lived. She worked in the same firm as Sigurd Peiper and had helped her find employment there. Peiper's son, Hinrich, was in the same class as Helge in the college preparatory high school at Baden-Baden, while Nanette-Dorothee was in the same grade school class as the youngest Peiper daughter, Silke. Hedwig Potthast had become a friend of Frau Peiper's and also wrote to Jochen Peiper, whom she also knew well. It had been agreed that Peiper whould tell her children who their father was."
I don't doubt the Mother tried to protect them and also for hereself it probably wasn't advisable
to have it common knowledge about Himmler.
Attractive daughter of a Cologne businessman, she became secretary to Himmler and later his mistress when he lost all affection for Marga, his wife. In 1942, Hedwig gave birth to her first child, her second was born in 1944, another daughter. Himmler, not wishing the scandal of a divorce, borrowed 80,000 marks from the Party Chancellery and built a house for Hedwig at Schonau, near Berchtesgaden. They called it 'Haus Schneewinkellehen'. There she became friends with Bormann's wife Greda, who lived nearby.
How about this?
Annelie: Since she was his mistress and not his wife she probably did not have
photos taken. Unless someone whom lived local took a photo of her
and her children.
Here we have only shown a photograph of Hedwig Potthast that many publications and television channels (History Channel) was not his.
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