A rare and fascinating insight into Hitler's inner circle - Roger Moorhouse, author of Killing HitlerThe last unpublished work by a Nazi of any significance - The Sunday Telegraph As secretary to the Fuhrer throughout the time of the Third Reich, Christa Schroeder was perfectly placed to observe the actions and behavior of Hitler, along with the most important figures surrounding him. Schroeder's memoir does not fail to deliver fascinating insights: she notes his bourgeois manners, his vehement abstemiousness and his mood swings. Indeed, she was ostracized by Hitler for a number of months after she made the mistake of publicly contradicting him once too often. In addition to her portrayal of Hitler, there are illuminating anecdotes about Hitler's closest colleagues. She recalls, for instance, that the relationship between Martin Bormann and his brother Albert (who was on Hitler's personal staff) was so bad that the two would only communicate with one another via their respective adjutants - even if they were in the same room. There is also light shed on the peculiar personal life and insanity of Reichsminister Walther Darre'. Schroeder says she knew nothing of the alleged horrors of the National Socialist government. There is nothing of the sense of perspective or the mea culpa that one finds in the memoirs of Hitler's other secretary, Traudl Junge - who concluded 'we should have known'. Rather the tone that pervades Schroeder's memoir is one of bitterness. This is, without any doubt, one of the most important primary sources from the pre-war and wartime period. Christa Schroeder was Hitler's personal secretary for twelve years in total. She worked as his secretary until his suicide in April 1945, living at the Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg. Her memoir Er War Mein Chef was first published in 1985, a year after her death in Munich, aged 76. REVIEWS "It is utterly compelling... She makes you understand, better than anyone else I have read, exactly what it was like to be around the table in Hitler's dining room... As with so many memoirs by servants, the view from below proves far more revealing than the view from above or beyond."Mail on Sunday (Craig Brown) - May 2009"These are the memoirs of one of Hitler's secretaries and no one could be closer to the man than her. She describes all the great events of the Second World War from the perspective of his headquarters, including the invasions of Poland, France and Russia. Intriguing eye-witness material makes the book a fascinating insight into the dictator and his regime."Military Illustrated - May 2009"An alternately adoring, clinical, fascinating and creepy take on one of history's most evil men."The New York Post - May 2009"A rare and fascinating insight into Hitler's inner circle."Roger Moorhouse author of Killing Hitler"Christa Schroeder's memoir of the 12 years she spent working for the Fuhrer gives a unique insight into his intelligence, temper and his personal quirks."The Week Magazine - May 2009"Christa Schroeder provides a rare, fascinating insight into Hitler and his household."The Sunday Telegraph"Intriguing, eye witness material...a fascinating insight into the dictator and his regime."Military Illustrated, 06/2009"compelling memoir... does not fail to deliver fascinating insights into the course of military and political events, the workings of Hitler's inner circle, and crucially into Hitler's personality and of those closest to him. Without any doubt, one of the most important primary sources from the pre-war and wartime period." Sirreadalot.org, 11/2009
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Christa Schroeder was one of Hitler's four personal secretaries and was loyal to him until the very end. She gives the reader many and varied insights to Hitler's thinking, work habits, personality traits and kindnesses to his personal staff of secretaries, valets, drivers and the like. For anyone who wishes to know more about Germany during the thirties and through WW 11 and who has a open mind to viewing Adolf Hitler as much more than simply as a raving monster, then this is the book for you. The reader will learn much from Christa Schroeder's insights as one of his personal secretaries, including how things went for much of his staff at the conclusion and destruction of the war. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in this historical time period. --By Allan D. Hulme
I thought that this book was excellent in that it presented a female perspective and a very intuitive one too on the phenomenon of Hitler's personal attraction and what life was like living near him 24/7 before and during the war years. The late author appears a proud individual, writes well (or has a very good ghost which I doubt), and does not go in for apologies for her part in supporting Hitler`s inner circle. She comes across as someone who would not suffer fools gladly, so in some respects she comes across as slightly ruthless and cutting inher observations of others. A good book and well worth reading. --By Freeforall "tee" (Scotland UK)
The National Socialist years continue to fascinate. This book, written from the records of one of Hitler's secretaries, gives a rare insight into the 'inner world' of the Third Reich. It concentrates upon the day to day routines of Hitler and his closest circle of aides and advisors, and reminds us that notorious tyrants such as Hitler are also very human. As a boss, he was courteous, kind, and approachable - he even received criticism with good grace. For those who wish to understand the dynamics of National Socialism - from the early 1930s to the last days of the Fuerher bunker - this is a must read. --By M. Morton "A Reader" (UK)
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