He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary

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A rare and fascinating insight into Hitler’s inner circle – Roger Moorhouse, author of Killing Hitler

The last unpublished work by a Nazi of any significance – The Sunday Telegraph

As secretary to the Führer throughout the time of the Third Reich, Christa Schroeder was perfectly placed to observe the actions and behavior of Hitler, along with the most important figures surrounding him.

Schroeder’s memoir does not fail to deliver fascinating insights: she notes his bourgeois manners, his vehement abstemiousness and his mood swings. Indeed, she was ostracized by Hitler for a number of months after she made the mistake of publicly contradicting him once too often.

In addition to her portrayal of Hitler, there are illuminating anecdotes about Hitler’s closest colleagues. She recalls, for instance, that the relationship between Martin Bormann and his brother Albert (who was on Hitler’s personal staff) was so bad that the two would only communicate with one another via their respective adjutants – even if they were in the same room. There is also light shed on the peculiar personal life and insanity of Reichsminister Walther Darré.

Schroeder claims to have known nothing of the horrors of the Nazi regime. There is nothing of the sense of perspective or the mea culpa that one finds in the memoirs of Hitler’s other secretary, Traudl Junge – who concluded ‘we should have known’. Rather the tone that pervades Schroeder’s memoir is one of bitterness. This is, without any doubt, one of the most important primary sources from the pre-war and wartime period.

Christa Schroeder was Hitler’s personal secretary for twelve years in total. She worked as his secretary until his suicide in April 1945, living at the Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg. Her memoir Er War Mein Chef was first published in 1985, a year after her death in Munich, aged 76.

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"Intriguing, eye witness material...a fascinating insight into the dictator and his regime" (Military Illustrated)

“These are the memoirs of one of Hitler’s secretaries and no one could be closer to the man than her. She describes all the great events of the Second World War from the perspective of his headquarters, including the invasions of Poland, France and Russia. Intriguing eye witness material makes the book a fascinating insight into the dictator and his regime.” (Military Illustrated)

...an alternately adoring, clinical, fascinating and creepy take on one of history's most evil men." (The New York Post)

“compelling memoir... does not fail to deliver fascinating insights into the course of military and political events, the workings of Hitler’s inner circle, and crucially into Hitler’s personality and of those closest to him. Without any doubt, one of the most important primary sources from the pre-war and wartime period.” (SirReadaLot.org)

"Christa Schroeder's memoir of the 12 years she spent working for the Fuhrer gives a unique insight into his intelligence, temper and his personal quirks." (The WEEK)

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