EVA BRAUN: Hitler's Mistress by Nerin E. Gun

EVA BRAUN: Hitler's Mistress

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Perhaps it would be difficult to write any book about Eva Braun without ""It is saids,"" ""reasonably certains,"" ""involuntarily revealeds"" to the author, and other second guessing. However, when Mr. Gun is really hard-pressed for documentation (this book is innocent of all footnotes) he will say ""I found this information in the highly respectable British Museum Library in London."" He also proceeds throughout to presumably scch rumors by circulating them; he idly speculates on what would have happened if Hitler had married Unity Mitford; and he is at his most outrageous when he parallels the silencing power of ""SS brigades or millions of dollars"" to ensure the privacy of the ""love life of Hitler and John Kennedy"" while he scandalmonger about the latter. Much of Gun's book is based on his talks with Hitler's housekeeper (whom he later discredits), Eva Braun's mother and two sisters, her hairdresser and endless servants. Eva became Hitler's mistress shortly after his half-niece-inamorata committed suicide. Eva herself made two suicide attempts. He reconstructs her life at the Bergh of where she changed clothes seven times a day. ""From a person who alone is qualified to give evidence. . . irrefutable information"" he corroborates their sexual relationship; he runs through the last two weeks in the bunker and the marriage ceremony with ""quite possibly. . . rings confiscated from Jewish deportees."" Not so quite probably, and from the second page (""The Fohn is a Munich phenomenon"") to the last this is disreputable misinformation.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Meredith