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Living with Hitler (Hardback)

Accounts of Hitler’s Household Staff

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By Herbert Döhring, Karl Wilhelm Krause, Kurt Kuch, Anna Plaim, Foreword by Roger Moorhouse, Translated by Eva Burke
Greenhill Books
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781784382971
Published: 23rd May 2018
Last Released: 13th August 2018



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This collection paints a picture of Hitler from members of his household in the unique position of being “seemingly ever-present, yet totally unconnected to events.”

The reader is introduced to Hitler's Bodyguard Karl Krause (1934-39), his house administrator Herbert Döhring (1935-43) and chambermaid Anna Plaim (1941-43). From these accounts we get a deeper sense of Hitler in close proximity.

These accounts massively add to our understanding of Hitler as a three dimensional character, especially from subjects like Plaim who only knew Hitler's home life, having rarely left Berghof.

The series is able to shed light on his likes and dislikes from foods to his hobbies, creating a strange sense of humanity. This collection also provides the reader with fresh anecdotes, observations and portraits of Hitler's entourage and relatives. Plaim's images of Eva Braun come from finding torn fragments in the bin, whilst Döhring sheds light on Martin Bormann's demeanour.

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... 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.


I found the book to be interesting, and adds another dimension to what we know about Hitler.

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Reviewed by Paul Diggett via Amazon, Goodreads. Guardian Bookshop, Library Thing & Waterstones

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The Armourer, September 2018

The glimpses they give us into the deceptive normality of Hitler’s private life irresistibly and graphically reinforce the significance of Hannah Arendt’s often criticised concept of the “banality of evil.”

The Jewish Chronicle (Amazon)

For the first time, a fascinating new book brings together the translated accounts of Hitler’s housekeeper, valet and chambermaid.

Daily Mail 2/6/18

About Roger Moorhouse

ROGER MOORHOUSE is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed BERLIN AT WAR, KILLING HITLER and THE DEVILS' ALLIANCE and has been published in over 20 languages. He has contributed to HE WAS MY CHIEF, I WAS HITLERS CHAUFFEUR, WITH HITLER TO THE END and HITLERS LAST WITNESS (all Frontline Books). He is also a tour guide, a book reviewer and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse

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