Women played a very important role in Nazi Germany. The National Socialist regime gave them a role behind the men. They were to be fertile mothers who would provide the German Reich with new soldiers with which to conquer the world. Although women in Nazi Germany did not hold relevant public positions, that does not mean that they did not have power and influence. and the most coveted female position was that of wife of Adolf Hitler and first lady of the Third Reich.
The romantic relationships of the young Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler grew up in the Austrian city of Linz. Hitler was the son of an elderly Austro-Hungarian customs officer who had remarried his cousin. According to those who knew him in his teens, Hitler never had a girlfriend at that time. He was shy and withdrawn and had a hard time being in the presence of women.
Hitler's first love was the daughter of a high-ranking government official named Stephanie Isak, whom he did not dare to approach. It was a platonic relationship, in which Hitler wrote him poems and love letters. Stephanie was the prototype of a woman who would be repeated in Hitler's love affairs later:tall, blonde and unattainable. Her last contact was an anonymous letter that Hitler sent to Stephanie saying that he was going to Vienna to enter the school of Fine Arts and that when he returned to Linz he would marry her. Hitler never came back.
In 1914 war broke out and Hitler, 25 years old at the time, enlisted in the German imperial army. He fought in France for four years, where another sentimental relationship is known, in this case with a French woman. In 1916 his regiment was posted to the small town of Fournes-en-Weppes, north of Arras, near the southern border of Belgium.
Decades after the end of the war, a woman named Charlotte Lobjoie claimed that she had met Hitler at that time. There is even a supposed portrait of her dressed as a peasant and that Hitler himself would have painted. Although it is possible that Hitler made the portrait of her, since in the signature you can read Adolf Hitler 1916 its authenticity is not confirmed.
The most controversial issue in the alleged relationship between Hitler and Charlotte Lobjoie is the possibility that his son Jean-Marie Loret was the blood son of Hitler himself. Charlotte became pregnant in June 1917. She was then living in the town of Montigny. According to Hitler's regimental diary, he was in that area at the time. Jean-Marie was born on March 25, 1918. He claimed that his mother had confessed to him just before she died that his father was Adolf Hitler himself. Despite having collected evidence in this regard, it was not conclusive. Jean-Marie died in 1985 without being able to prove that his father was the Führer of Nazi Germany.
The relations of political Hitler
After the defeat of Germany in the First World War and especially after the application of the Treaty of Versailles, which left Germany sunk and humiliated, Adolf Hitler promised himself to restore German pride through politics. For this he entered in 1919 in the newly born German Workers' Party, which would be re-founded the following year as the National Socialist German Workers' Party. From that moment until 1945 his main concern was politics.
Despite his focus on making Germany great again, Hitler continued his dalliances. During the 1920s Hitler spent the summer in the small alpine town of Berchtesgaden. In that bourgeois and high society environment he met his next love, a woman named Maria Reiter, who was affectionately called Mitzi . Hitler met her on a walk in the Alps in September 1926 and fell in love with her when Maria was only 16 years old.
Although Hitler fell in love with her, Maria had no interest in Hitler. As she told her mother, she couldn't stand "that man with that stupid fly under his nose," referring to her mustache. She also believed that he was too old for her.
However, the appreciation of Mitzi her about Hitler changed when he invited her to see him in action during the Nazi party congress. After seeing Hitler as a leader in a room full of excited supporters, Maria was impressed. When Hitler saw Maria in the room, he cut her speech short, took her to a table, and then returned to the fray to continue his speech. Maria was 16 years old at the time. Surely her being recognized in public at such a tender age was what changed her opinion about Hitler, who was shown to be the leader of all those people.
Although they maintained the relationship for a time, the relationship was broken by the intervention of Maria's family. Mitzi had wanted to have children since she was little, but she confessed to her mother that she had been sterilized by order of Hitler, that she did not want to have children. The family sent an anonymous letter to the Nazi party threatening to report Hitler to the police for establishing a relationship with a minor. Hitler decided to separate himself from the girl in order not to cause a scandal that would end his political career.
The relationship ended with a suicide attempt by Maria, who could not bear spending so many months without being able to see Hitler. As proof of the relationship, there are the testimonies of the time and the love letters that were exchanged during the short period that the romance lasted.
Although Hitler had publicly stated on several occasions that he did not wish to marry, he did propose to a woman on two successive occasions. Winifred Wagner was an English aristocrat who was the wife of composer Richard Wagner's son, Sigfrid. When she was widowed Winifred, Hitler proposed to her in 1930 first and in 1933 after her, being rejected both times.
Hitler's obsession with Wagner dated back to his student days in Vienna. There he frequented the opera in the Austrian capital, where he went whenever there was a Wagner performance. Hitler really admired Wagner, but he also knew that he was a surname closely related to German nationalism and the Bavarian gentry.
When Hitler proposed to her, she said yes, but only if Hitler held a high public office. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he no longer needed Winifred's prestige, so the relationship broke down. The union of the names Hitler and Wagner could have given a boost to the Nazi movement, but the marriage never took place.
Hitler's next love affair was with his own niece. Geli was the daughter of Hitler's stepsister, Angela. Geli was sent to Munich with her uncle Adolf so that he could be her tutor so she could study and interact with the Munich upper class. Geli was very young and impressionable when she moved to Munich, she was only 19 years old. She had lost her father when she was a child, so she took Hitler as a father figure to her.
Geli soon began to appear at Hitler's meetings with other party members. People who knew her describe her as a very sweet and attentive person, who soon became the center of her attention. Geli wasn't particularly attractive, but she had charisma, just like her uncle. Although Hitler secretly loved her, she Geli did not feel that way about him.
Geli noticed Hitler's personal chauffeur, Emil Maurice, a handsome young veteran of the Nazi party. According to the correspondence that has been preserved, the two had a relationship in 1928. When Hitler found out that Geli had a relationship with her driver and even that they had wedding plans, he fired Emil. He also managed to get him away from her by threatening to reveal that there were Jewish ancestors in her family, something intolerable for a member of the SS.
Hitler tried from that moment to conquer his niece with luxury. He bought her expensive dresses, took her to the opera and invited her to dinner at exclusive restaurants. Despite all these attentions, Ella Geli lived like a prisoner, since she could not do anything without the express permission of her uncle. In 1931 she Geli she couldn't take it anymore and she committed suicide on September 19.
Shortly after her niece Geli died, Hitler approached a wealthy widow. Magda Quandt lived in Berlin with her son in a luxurious apartment. By then Magda was already the mistress of Joseph Goebbels, her future husband. Goebbels introduced Magda and Hitler in August 1931. According to the diary of Joseph Goebbels, there was a mutual attraction between the two that made the future propaganda minister of Nazi Germany jealous.
Despite this mutual attraction, Hitler encouraged Goebbels to marry Magada. The marriage was formalized in December 1931 with Hitler as witness and guest of honor at the wedding. After the Nazis came to power in Germany, Magda would serve as the first lady of Nazi Germany, since Hitler was officially single and Hermann Goering's wife died shortly after the Nazis took power.
Magda's admiration for Hitler never went away. As a woman of the Nazi movement, she had 6 children, to whom she gave names beginning with H, in honor of Hitler. Magda ended her days in the Berlin bunker. As she told one of the SS men present, she "was not worth living in a world without National Socialism."
Eva Braun was Adolf Hitler's last relationship. Hitler had met her in the studio of her personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, where Eva worked as a lab assistant. They soon entered into a secret relationship after Geli Raubal's death in 1931. Eva was 20 and Hitler was 43.
Eva's position was strengthened after her attempted suicide in 1935. With no news from the Führer for two months, Eva took 35 sleeping pills, but the attempt failed. From that moment on, Hitler paid more attention to him. Despite this, Eva herself tried to commit suicide a second time. After that second attempt, Hitler installed Eva in her house in Obersalzberg, in the Bavarian Alps. Although invisible to the public, Eva became the lady of the house.
Eva Braun was the only woman who achieved what so many others had longed for, to become the wife of Adolf Hitler. when the war was already lost, Hitler granted the marriage to Eva Braun. The wedding took place in the bunker of the Berlin chancellery on April 29, 1945. The next day both spouses committed suicide.