I just finished reading a book about Martin Bormann's letters to his wife during WWII. He apparently loved her very much as did she him by their letters
according to Walter Darré, Reichsleiter of the Peasantry and sometime witness to the lord and master's bad behaviour,
chez bormann, pitied her. According to him, she was constantly "tormented by this extremely brutul mann...who
took delight in humilitating his wife....in front of strangers.
they were not allowed to talk to strangers or play with children they did not know because he was afraid they would say too much and get him in trouble. Given to sudden rages and always arbitrary, he would beat them over trifles-with a dog whip, according to one eyewitness and with a riding whip, according to another.
He beat two of his children while they were on an outing because they were scared of a large German shephard. When one of his sons stumbled in a puddle, he punished him with kicks. Yet he was concerned about the children during his absences, and he used to write Gerda telling her what she was to teach them: never play with matches, never accept candy from a stranger, never get into a stranger's car. He was very proud of them when he was asked to bring them to the Berghof to call on Hitler, who always patted their heads and seemed diverted by their ingenuous talk.
The letters do seem to indicate a couple who were "on the same page" ideologically, and von Lang also confirms this more than once in his book.
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