Until the Final Hour

Until the Final Hour

Hitler's Last Secretary

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Offering a unique insider's perspective on Adolf Hitler and the final days of the Third Reich, the personal recollections of a woman who became Hitler's secretary at the age of twenty-two in 1942 sheds new light on Hitler's day-to-day life, character, and habits, while chronicling a young woman's discovery of the evil that lurked behind the pleasant façade of the man for whom she worked. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1942 Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina like her sister, when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hilter, and she served him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. Her memoir, which she wrote not long after the war when the memories were still fresh, offers a unique and chilling glimpse of the human face of this man known to posterity as a monster.
As part of the secretarial pool, Junge observed the intimate workings of Hitler's administration. She traveled back and forth with him between the Wolf's Lair in eastern Prussia and Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, and finally to the bunker in Berlin. She typed correspondence and speeches, including Hitler's public and private last will and testament. She and the other secretaries ate their meals and spent evenings with him, as well as with Eva Braun and high-ranking Nazi officials. She was close enough to hear the bomb that was intended to assassinate Hitler in the Wolf's Lair. She heard the shot with which Hitler ended his life, and smelled the bitter almond odor of Eva Braun's cyanide pill.
But while Junge was witness to crucial events in Hitler's last years, it is her precise, detailed observations of the outwardly normal, almost mundane quality of day-to-day life with Hitler that prove most disturbing in her memoir. In this she confirms once again - as did Victor Klemperer in his diary I Will Bear Witness - what Hannah Arendt has called the banality of evil.

& Taylor

Offering an insider's perspective on the final days of the Third Reich, the recollections of a woman who became Hitler's secretary in 1942 sheds new light on his day-to-day life, character, and habits.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781559707282
Branch Call Number: 943.086 J954u
Characteristics: 261 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Müller, Melissa 1967-
Bell, Anthea
Alternative Title: Hitler's last secretary


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
BrooklynLady_42 May 30, 2013

Very interesting book.

Mrs. Junge seems to have felt guilty about her feelings concerning Herr Hitler but she should not have felt guilty. He treated her well and was nice to her.

She did not know what he was doing "behind her back".

May 17, 2012

Kindly paternal Hitler as remembered by his devoted young secretary. The documentary film BLIND SPOT consists of interviews with the authoress.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at BPL.

Try searching for Until the Final Hour to see if BPL owns related versions of the work.

To Top