The personal secretary of Joseph Goebbels has opened up about her life working for Adolf Hitler's infamous minister of propaganda — and insists the mass extermination of Jews was carefully hidden from her and her co-workers.
"I know no one ever believes us nowadays — everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret," Brunhilde Pomsel, now 105, says in an interview with The Guardian.
Instead, Pomsel remembers the niceties of the man history knows as a rabid anti-Semite who strongly supported the Holocaust and would poison his six children when the Nazi war machine collapsed in 1945.
"Sometimes, his children came to visit and were so excited to visit daddy at his work. They would come with the family's lovely Airedale. They were very polite and would curtsy and shake our hands," says Pomsel, who added that Goebbels and his wife Magda "were both very nice to me."
Pomsel told The Guardian that people who nowadays say they would have stood up against the Nazis "are sincere in meaning that, but believe me, most of them wouldn't have … The whole country was as if under a kind of a spell … The idealism of youth might easily have led to you having your neck broken."
Now blind, she wants to pass away in "months rather than years" and hopes "the world doesn't turn upside down again as it did then, though there have been some ghastly developments, haven't there? I'm relieved I never had any children that I have to worry about."
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