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Secretary to Evil: Joseph Goebbels' assistant, 105, reveals her life as the Nazi's typist

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    A very interesting read. Thank you for posting this story of an obscure figure who was in the center of everything that happened at the end.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    Read about this today. Very interesting.
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    I too read it when first published, and thought of posting it here. But when I read this paragraph containing the familiar line so often trotted out by many of that generation to the question that is always asked of them, I decided not to:

    "Despite being at the centre of the Nazi regime and a trusted assistant of the propaganda chief, Goebbels, Pomsel claims she was unaware of the Holocaust - even though one of her closest school friends died in Auschwitz.
    "Goebbels was a big pig," she said. "I've personally done nothing evil, but I blame myself for being, at that time too uninterested in politics".
    "I was grown up enough to recognise how the guilty criminals lied. That was very, very stupid of me."

    I know she's an old lady, very old at 105, but her partial answer and attempt at justification to that question that's always asked is in my opinion at best, disingenuous.
    "I've personally done nothing evil" she says..., maybe not. But you cannot tell me a woman in her position, working within and under the remit of the Propaganda Ministry, and apparently for it's boss no less, knew nothing of the genocide.

    Sure, perhaps she was one of many girls who may have been nearer the typing pool than Goebbels' actual personal secretary, but for her to say she was not aware of the Holocaust is in my opinion an untruth, and is perpetuated for some who may read her denial and choose to believe it still. That is wrong.

    She is nearing the end now, so I think it's fair she be allowed to live out what time she has left unmolested. But she knows the truth of what happened now as she did then, and that is the heavy burden she has had to carry through her long life. Not easy.

    Absit invidia, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    I too read it when first published, and thought of posting it here. But when I read this paragraph containing the familiar line so often trotted out by many of that generation to the question that is always asked of them, I decided not to:

    "Despite being at the centre of the Nazi regime and a trusted assistant of the propaganda chief, Goebbels, Pomsel claims she was unaware of the Holocaust - even though one of her closest school friends died in Auschwitz.
    "Goebbels was a big pig," she said. "I've personally done nothing evil, but I blame myself for being, at that time too uninterested in politics".
    "I was grown up enough to recognise how the guilty criminals lied. That was very, very stupid of me."

    I know she's an old lady, very old at 105, but her partial answer and attempt at justification to that question that's always asked is in my opinion at best, disingenuous.
    "I've personally done nothing evil" she says..., maybe not. But you cannot tell me a woman in her position, working within and under the remit of the Propaganda Ministry, and apparently for it's boss no less, knew nothing of the genocide.

    Sure, perhaps she was one of many girls who may have been nearer the typing pool than Goebbels' actual personal secretary, but for her to say she was not aware of the Holocaust is in my opinion an untruth, and is perpetuated for some who may read her denial and choose to believe it still. That is wrong.

    She is nearing the end now, so I think it's fair she be allowed to live out what time she has left unmolested. But she knows the truth of what happened now as she did then, and that is the heavy burden she has had to carry through her long life. Not easy.

    Absit invidia, Ned.
    In total agreement Ned!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Ned-
    I felt the same way when I read the section you quoted. The guilt of a generation who knew or suspected something. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do in a totalitarian regime.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    She said: "I've personally done nothing evil, but I blame myself for being, at that time too uninterested in politics".

    Hitlers Secretary Traudl Junge said exactly the same..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3I0pm14cRU

    You couldn't make these people up..

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