Facebook X YouTube Instagram Pinterest NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

Living with Hitler (Hardback)

Accounts of Hitler’s Household Staff

Military > Greenhill Books > Greenhill: WWII WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Herbert Döhring, Karl Wilhelm Krause, Kurt Kuch, Anna Plaim, Foreword by Roger Moorhouse, Translated by Eva Burke
Greenhill Books
Pages: 230
Illustrations: 64
ISBN: 9781784382971
Published: 23rd May 2018
Last Released: 13th August 2018



You'll be £19.99 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Living with Hitler. What's this?
+£4.99 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £40
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 18 minutes to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available - Buy the Hardback and get the eBook for free! Price
Living with Hitler ePub (56.8 MB) Add to Basket £4.99

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.

Click here to read the full review

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

As featured by

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 an historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects and The Devil's Alliance, and has been published in more than 20 languages. He is also a tour guide and visiting professor at Warsaw's College of Europe. You can see him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse.

About Eva Burke

Eva Burke grew up in Vienna and then Zug, Switzerland. She graduated from Brandeis University, Massachusetts with a BA and MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Studies. She translated Screams of the Dying (Greenhill Books) and I Somehow Survived (Greenhill Books). She lives in London with her husband, four children and three grandchildren.

More titles by Roger Moorhouse

More titles by Eva Burke

Customers who bought this title also bought...

Other titles in Greenhill Books...