Joseph Goebbels' secretary, Brunhilde Pomsel, dies aged 106
- Author: Megan Austin Jan 31, 2017,
Jan 31, 2017, 0:46
Brunhilde Pomsel, a secretary who worked in Joseph Goebbels' office during the Holocaust, helping one of the worst war criminals of the 20th century to churn out Nazi propaganda, died on January 27 in Munich, the Washington Post reported.
Pomsel lived most of her life in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011, prompting a flurry of interest in one of the last surviving members of the Nazi leadership's inner circle.
"We met Mrs. Pomsel by chance, while researching a different story", Kroenes said in a July 2016 interview with the Deutsche Welle. But in A German Life, she said she "knew nothing" of the Holocaust at the time.
She reportedly lost a Jewish friend in the Holocaust. Pomsel, who attended the event, said that he was transformed from a man of "noble elegance" into a "raging midget".
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Kroenes said in the interview that he believes Pomsel, who served as Goebbel's secretary from 1942-45, stood for the millions of blind followers of the Nazi regime.
Despite taking part in the falsification of statistics used by Goebbels in order to stir hatred for Jews, Pomsel insisted her conscience was clear. On the side, she worked for a Nazi Party activist, transcribing his memoirs of World War I. After her return from the Russian camp, she worked in West German radio and television until her retirement. 'He never once asked me a personal question.
On the whole, Pomsel said, she enjoyed her work at the ministry. "Right up until the end I don't think he knew my name". "But she was still very interested in global politics".
Aides were ordered to pour petrol on the corpses of the dead generals - but the remains were only partially burned, and later found by the Red Army. Goebbels and his family ensconced themselves in the Führerbunker, where Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. She spent the next five years as a prisoner of the Russians in special camps. I only learned about the Jewish extermination programme after the war.
"I was a stupid and politically disinterested nobody from a simple background", she said at the time. Goebbels never mentioned it in his correspondence'.