Living With Hitler, accounts of Hitler’s Household Staff

An ‘upstairs and downstairs’ account of life with Hitler at the Berghof. This is a collection of accounts from three people who served Hitler as his domestic staff, providing original views of living with Hitler. – Highly Recommended


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NAME: Living With Hitler, accounts of Hitler's Household Staff
FILE: R2720
AUTHOR: Herbert Dohring, Karl Wilhelm Krause, Anna Plaim
PUBLISHER: Greenhill Books
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 230
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Pre-war Nazi period,WWII, World War Two, Second World War, WW2, World War Two, Hitler's domestic staff, life with the senior Nazis, personal staff, Berghof

ISBN: 1-78438-297-3

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DESCRIPTION:  An 'upstairs and downstairs' account of life with Hitler at the Berghof. This is a collection of accounts from three people who served Hitler as his domestic staff, providing original views of living with Hitler.  – Highly Recommended.

Hitler has, and always will, fascinate generations. It may be an horrified fascination but never the less an interest that few individuals in history have generated. The holocaust and the carnage of WWII has seen Hitler cast as total evil, the devil incarnate. The reality of the person may be somewhat different. What makes him so difficult to explain or categorize is that his private life was so very ordinary and bourgeois. He had a taste for watching films, particularly about the British Empire but his enjoyment and rejection of films was very ordinary. He was inclined to laziness and set his henchmen against each other, leaving them with vague instructions to fight it out amongst themselves. It was a chaotic method of government and contrasted with an relatively ordered personal life.

The contributors have provided personal views of Hitler and their life serving him. They have been at pains to present what they believe is a true account without seeking to praise or denigrate him.

Hitler's household staff were in a curious position. They lived and worked in close proximity to him but a world away from Hitler the warlord and director of genocide. They have provided a commentary that is remarkably similar to some offered by Britons in service 'below stairs' in the world of British country houses. They were largely invisible to their masters but heard and saw everything. They may have believed that they were recognized and appreciated, some may have been, but in the main they were treated as part of the fabric of the house and the machinery that served the master.

The accounts are fascinating and provide material comparative to the accounts already published by other servants, military and SS personnel. In much of the material, there seems to be no real feeling of a terrible war going on around them in any personal sense.