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The Last Days of Hitler: Twilight of the Gods
by Kim Seabrook in History, November 20, 2010
From Epics of History: More Prisoners of Eternity.
Just past midnight on 29 April, 1945, in the map room of the Fü
hrerbunker, Adolf Hitler married his long-term mistress, Eva Braun. In the past he had always refused to contemplate marriage on the grounds that it would diminish his near God-like status as Fü
hrer (he may also have relished being Germany’s most eligible bachelor). The 33 year old Eva Braun, a simple girl who loved to party and enjoyed the outdoors, was as nervous as a kitten. She had been besotted with the Fü
hrer for many years and had twice attempted suicide due to his neglect. For the most part she had been an irritant to Hitler. With very little to say and a penchant for nude bathing and wearing heavy makeup, both things that appalled him, she cloyed to him like a limpet. Marrying her was a reward for her loyalty and a nod towards bourgeois respectability. It would also go some way to quashing rumours of his homosexuality. It seems strange that with the war coming to its bloody conclusion and suicide already on his mind such things should really matter. Whatever the reason for his marriage it had very little to do with love. A minor official from a Volkss
turm (Home Guard) Regiment, whose name appropriately was Wagner, was found who was licensed to perform weddings. Josef Goebbels and Martin Bormann attended as witnesses. After both declaring themselves to be of pure Aryan descent they signed the marriage certificate, Eva nervously scribbling her own name before realising she was now Hitler and crossing out the B. The song played at the end of the wedding ceremony was Blood Red Roses,
and Eva joyously sang along to the words, ” Blood Red Roses speak happily too You.” Afterwards Hitler invited Goebbels, Bormann and his two secretaries Frau Christian and Frau Junge to a champagne breakfast, even though he himself did not drink. At 4.00 am he left the party for his private chambers to dictate his last will and political testament. Adolf and Eva would be married for less than 40 hours. But it was a rare moment of normalcy in the madness of the Fü
Hitler had moved into the Fü
hrerbunker on 16 January, 1945, after he had been forced to abandon his East Prussian Headquarters the Wolfss
chanze (Wolf’s Lair) in the face of the advance of Russian forces. In the early days he would often be seen walking and throwing a ball for his dog Blondi in the garden of the Reich Chancellery, but by mid-March this had ceased as the Russian’s closed in on Berlin and the bombardment of the city centre became almost incessant.
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