Nazi propaganda chief Goebbels' secretary dies at 106

Brunhilde Pomsel died on January 27 in a care home in the southern city of Munich


Afp January 30, 2017
This file photo taken on June 29, 2016 shows Brunhilde Pomsel, former secretary of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, sitting on a cinema chair in front of posters for the movie "A German Life" in a cinema in Munich, southern Germany. Brunhilde Pomsel died on January 27, 2017 at the age of 106, it was announced on January 30, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MUNICH, GERMANY: The former secretary of Nazi Germany's propaganda boss Joseph Goebbels died aged 106 last week, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the maker of a documentary about her said Monday.

Brunhilde Pomsel died on January 27 in a care home in the southern city of Munich, said Christian Kroenes, who conducted extensive interviews with her for his 2016 film "A German Life".

Pomsel, who worked for Goebbels as a secretary and stenographer for three years, had insisted she had no idea of the Holocaust that claimed the lives of six million Jews while it was happening.

"We knew nothing," she said in the film.

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"We ourselves were all trapped in a vast concentration camp," she said, referring to the totalitarian state of Adolf Hitler.

As one of half a dozen secretaries in Goebbels' office, working there from 1942 until the 1945 collapse of the Nazi regime, Pomsel was among the last eyewitnesses to the inner circle of top Nazis.

In "A German Life", she insisted she felt no guilt and also said: "I could not put up resistance -- I was too much of a coward."

Filmmaker Kroenes confirmed to AFP that she died on January 27 in the old people's home but had remained mentally alert until her death.

"We were in contact, I last spoke to her on the occasion of her birthday on January 11," he said.

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"She was still full of energy, full of hope for the future.

"There were some ups and downs owing to her advanced age. Mentally there was no change, she was still alert."

He said a book on Pomsel's reminiscences, based on the interviews, is set to be published this year.

Kroenes said that, in view of the rise of right-wing populism in the western world, it was intended "as a warning to current and future generations."

COMMENTS (2)

cuban | 4 years ago | Reply Even the people who lived nearby the Concentration Camps denied knowing anything about the Holocaust - despite the constant smell of burning bodies. The American Generals were so upset by these blatant lies that they rounded up the townspeople and required them to march to the Concentration Camps where they put them to work burying the corpses. It's a stain on Germany that will never wash away.
Bunny Rabbit | 4 years ago | Reply Wow that a loooong lenghty life full of worries/ regrets / fears/ anguish .....
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