Former Secretary of Nazi Propaganda Chief Dies at 106
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 31, 2017,
Jan 31, 2017, 0:49
Brunhilde Pomsel, former secretary to Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister during World War II, died in Munich at 106.
Adolf Hitler's totalitarian state was like being "trapped in a vast concentration camp". She was 101 years old when we started filming. "But she was still very interested in worldwide politics". She joined the Nazi party in 1933 to take a job at the German government broadcasting corporation. Well-groomed hands, he probably had a manicure done every day.
"Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis - I believe they are honest in meaning that, but believe me, majority wouldn't have".
"What she recounted in the film is a warning to the current and future generations", he said.
In a 2011 interview with Der Bild, Pomsel recalled Goebbels as a largely unapproachable figure. "But no matter how elegant and well-fitting his suits were, he limped".
She said that Goebbels was often distant in personal interactions but raving in public appearances - including his speech at the Berlin Sportpalast in February 1943, shortly after the German defeat at Stalingrad, seeking to reinvigorate German morale and calling for "total war".
In the documentary, Pomsel shared her recollection of Goebbels as "a big pig" and a "ranting dwarf".
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On the whole, Pomsel said, she enjoyed her work at the ministry.
Ms Pomsel was captured by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two - and spent five years in detention camps, before rejoining German broadcasting in 1950, where she worked for the next 20 years.
On May 1 1945, shortly after "The Boss" - Hitler - committed suicide, the Russians came into the bunker and "dragged" Pomsel out.
"I will never forgive Goebbels for what he did to the world or for the fact that he murdered his innocent children", Pomsel recently told a German newspaper, according to the London Independent. She is not thought to have married or had children. She also described the Nazi propaganda minister as a "narcissist", "aloof", and "cold" but still an inveterate womanizer and not without charm.
"I was grown up enough to recognize how the guilty criminals lied". Unless you end up blaming the entire German population for ultimately enabling that government to take control.
She added: "There are ever fewer eyewitnesses left".