London, Aug 30: She refused interviews ever since the World War II ended and remained silent for 66 years, but now the former secretary of Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has finally revealed the secrets of the man who made Germans hate the Jews.
Since the end of World War II, Brunhilde Pomsel, now 100, has refused all requests for interviews and offers to publish her memoirs.
But after five months of negotiations she has given a single interview to German newspaper Bild, in which she describes her four years as the chief secretary of the man closest to Hitler.
She took down every word that Goebbels uttered, both his private correspondence and his official orders, including those ordering round-ups of Jews in Berlin to please Hitler that the capital was becoming ‘Jew-free’.
Frau Pomsel was employed by Goebbels from 1942 until the end of the war in May 1945. But while his propaganda presented himself to the German people as a jovial fellow Nazi, she remembers him as a cold and distant monster.
“You couldn’t get close to him. He never once asked me a personal question. Right up until the end I don’t think he knew my name,” the Daily Mail quoted Frau Pomsel as saying.
Frau Pomsel recalls how Goebbels ordered her and three junior secretaries on February 18, 1943, into the Sportspalast Stadium in Berlin. It was shortly after the defeat of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad, the turning point of the war from which there was no way back.
On this day Goebbels delivered his infamous ‘Total War’ speech to the German public, exhorting them to heights of frenzied sacrifice as he warned of a wave of vengeful, barbaric Russians bearing down on the Fatherland.
She recalled: “This was a service order, we had to attend.agda Goebbels sat directly behind me as he raged.
“The photos show the crowd going wild as he asked them if they wanted total war and springing to their feet to give the Hitler salute. I wasn’t as jubiliant as them. I knew what was coming,” she said.
It was only after the war that she learned Goebbels and his wife killed their six young children by breaking cyanide vials in their mouths.
Goebbels then shot his wife before shooting himself. Aides poured petrol on the corpses but the remains were only partially burned and found by the Red Army.
“He got away lightly with suicide. He knew he would be condemned to death by the Allies. His suicide was cowardly, but he was also smart because he knew what was coming if he didn’t take that way out,” she stated.
“I will never forgive Goebbels for what he brought into this world. And the fact that he could murder his innocent children in this way.
“I never believed also that I would have a happy life after working for him. But I found a way somehow,” Pomsel added. (ANI)