|“||I am so infinitely happy that he loves me so much, and I pray that it will always be like this. It won't be my fault if he ever stops loving me.||„|
|~ Eva Braun about Hitler|
Although she lacked her husband's illogical hatred and total disregard for humanity, she stood by him and supported his every decision.
She committed suicide with her husband in his Führerbunker on April 30th, 1945 by taking a cyanide pill.
Eva Braun was born on February 6th, 1912 in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (both now in modern Bavaria and Germany respectively). She was the daughter of Franziska and Friedrich "Fritz" Braun, and had an older sister, Ilse (b. 1908) and a younger sister, Gretl (b. 1915), and the latter married Hermann Fegelein. During her early years, Eva worked as a shop assistant and would also do photo development. She met Hitler when she was 17 years old.
In 1930 she was employed as a saleswoman in the shop of Heinrich Hoffman, Hitler’s photographer, and in this way met Hitler. She became his mistress and lived in a house that he provided in Munich; in 1936 she went to live at his chalet Berghof in Berchtesgaden.
There is no evidence that the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun was other than a normal one, except that the pleasures that she provided him were those of domesticity and relaxation rather than eroticism. She was an accomplished swimmer and skier. Hitler never allowed her to be seen in public with him or to accompany him to Berlin, and she had no influence on his political life.
In April 1945 she joined Hitler in Berlin, against his orders, determined to stay with him until the end. In recognition of her loyalty he decided to marry her, and the civil ceremony was carried out in the Chancellery bunker on April 29. The next day Eva Hitler ended her life by taking poison; her husband either poisoned or shot himself at her side. Their bodies were burned.
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Braun with Hitler.
- She was hated by Martin Bormann whom she called an "over-sexed toad" and also hated Hitler's dog Blondi.
- Following her death, Bormann was the one of carried her body. Erich Kempka was forced to take Braun's body away from Bormann and insisted on carrying it up himself, remarking that Bormann was carrying Braun "like a sack of potatoes".
- Ironically, Erna Flegel stated in an interview that the members of the Führerbunker were more heartbroken over Blondi's death than over Eva Braun's death.
- There are some conflicting reports over Eva's reaction to the execution of Hermann Fegelein, according to Otto Günsche (Hitler's adjutant) said she refused to speak on his behalf but Traudl Junge (Hitler's secretary) stated that Eva was pleading to Hitler for Hermann's life.