Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

Hitler hid his women

Adolf Hitler is known as a brutal dictator whose insane ambitions and beliefs brought the world to the brink of extinction and caused the deaths of millions of innocent children and adults. But not in public, in the company of women, the Fuhrer behaved less despotically.

On April 30, 1945, one of the most brutal executioners in human history shot himself in his bunker in Berlin. His then-wife Eva Braun also committed suicide. Interestingly, this was not the first Hitler's wife to commit suicide. OBOZ.UA has collected information about those who adored the Fuhrer and were ready to do anything for him out of blind love.

The Fuhrer's popularity among the female audience

It's hard to believe, but ladies adored Hitler. Young Adolf exuded sexual magnetism, and although he sought to be independent of female attention, this only further fueled the interest of his admirers. They gathered in their thousands to see the opinion leader and hear him speak. In the eyes of the dazzled fans, the Nazi meant no harm to people.

Without the support of women, their help and guidance, Hitler might not have come to power. They taught the Fuhrer to behave with dignity and confidence, to make a good impression, and to communicate politely with his interlocutors. The tyrant's admirers financed the Nazi party and helped build the ideology for his movement. It was women who gave Adolf the time and opportunity to climb the slippery political ladder to the top.

But in addition to his national following, Hitler had at least three women with whom he had relationships. All of these affairs had equally tragic consequences.

Geli Raubal

Adolf Hitler's first serious relationship was with his niece, the daughter of his half-sister, Geli Raubal. A cheerful and flirtatious 17-year-old girl came to Munich from Vienna in 1925, ostensibly to study. She soon became close to her uncle, who was almost 20 years older than her.

Geli appeared alongside him in cafes, restaurants, and the opera. In 1929, she moved into the apartment where Adolf lived. There, the future dictator's favorite had her own room, but rumors circulated in party circles about the intimate nature of their relationship.

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

It is not known whether Hitler and Raubal ever had a sexual relationship, but the nature of their relationship certainly went beyond the niece and uncle model. It also became clear that the Führer was extremely possessive of women. He regularly forbade his niece from wearing certain clothes or socializing with other people without his permission, and even prevented Raubal from marrying a man her parents had already approved.

On September 18, 1931, 23-year-old Geli was found dead in her room with a gunshot wound near her heart. A little earlier, she and Hitler had been overheard having a loud argument. Some reports say that Geli was angry about Hitler's increasing attention to another girl, Eva Braun. Other versions claimed that Raubal simply wanted to escape his control and leave Munich.

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

Contrary to popular belief about the tyrant's indifference, Geli's death greatly affected him. Upon returning to Munich, the Führer gathered his niece's clothes and other belongings in one room, declaring that this place would become a shrine to her memory.

However, neither the dubious nature of Hitler's relationship with Geli nor her death dampened the enthusiasm of women for the tyrant. The mystery that shrouded his romantic life only increased his appeal to women-not just German women, but foreign women as well.

Unity Mitford

An English socialite, the daughter-in-law of the most prominent British fascist politician, saw Adolf Hitler for the first time at one of his rallies and instantly fell under his spell.

Inspired by the desire to build a relationship with the ambitious figure, she moved to Munich and began frequenting his favorite restaurant, Osteria Bavaria. For several months in a row, Mitford dined at the table across from him until she was finally invited to share a meal. Her trump card was her middle name, Valkyrie, which referred to Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner.

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

The girl quickly established herself as a confidant among Hitler's inner circle. She not only appeared at various celebrations but also accompanied him to diplomatic events, including the 1936 Summer Olympics. Over time, Unity began to openly express her anti-Semitism. She wrote articles for a Nazi newspaper, warned of the "Jewish danger" in England, and proudly called herself a "Jew-hater."

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

Hitler's relationship with Unity came to an abrupt end when World War II broke out. Several high-ranking Nazis urged Hitler not to discuss military matters in the presence of a foreigner. Mitford, for her part, begged Hitler not to go to war with her home country, and when he did, she attempted suicide using a pistol she had received from Hitler after promising to use it only for self-defense.

However, unlike Geli, Unity survived the suicide attempt and was hospitalized in time. Upset, Adolf immediately went to see the girl and promised to pay all medical expenses. When he learned that the gunshot wound had permanently damaged her brain, he arranged to have her smuggled back to England, where she spent the rest of her days in the care of her family. Unity died of meningitis, which occurred as a result of her suicide attempt. Mitford survived Hitler by 3 years.

Eva Braun

The dictator met 17-year-old Braun, as we have already mentioned, during his relationship with Geli Raubal. She was an assistant to Heinrich Hoffmann, the official photographer of the Nazi party. For more than 13 years, the girl was considered the secret mistress of the Nazi leader.

Although Braun has always been characterized as the Fuhrer's naive, apolitical companion, over the years of their relationship she evolved from a middle-class woman to an uncompromising partner of the killer, remaining faithful to Hitler until his death.

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

Since Adolf kept their relationship a secret so as not to dispel the hopes of other female fans, Eva Braun stayed away from the public. She spent most of her time in Munich or at Hitler's Berghof residence in the Alps as his private secretary.

Eva Braun never came to the headquarters, nor was she called to official receptions. However, at private meetings, she appeared in the status of Hitler's wife. He greeted her by kissing her hand and called her Eugen, a diminutive of Eva.

Love is blind. What Hitler's women were like and why they all committed suicide

As the years passed, Eva Braun emerged more and more from the shadows, reinforcing Hitler's belief that he must never give up, no matter what the cost.

On April 30, 1945, the day after Hitler finally married her, Braun voluntarily died with her new husband in his bunker in Berlin, proud that they would be together in death.

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