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The work I did: a memoir of the secretary to Goebbels

The work I did: a memoir of the secretary to Goebbels

Pomsel, Brunhilde, 1911-2017, author; Whiteside, Shaun, translator; Hansen, Thore D., 1969- author

Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins'. How are we to reconcile this description with her chosen profession? Employed as a typist during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017. Her life, mirroring all the major breaks and continuities of the twentieth century, illustrates how far-right politics, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships can rise, and how political apathy can erode democracy. Compelling and unnerving, this title gives us intimate insight into political complexity at society's highest levels - at one of history's darkest moments

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Brunhilde Pomsel, Thore D. Hansen ; translated by Shaun Whiteside
ISBN: 1408894491, 9781408894491
Note: "The biographical part of this book is based on conversations with Brunhilde Pomsel that were recorded in Munich for the film Ein Deutsches Leben (A German life)".
Note: Translated from the German.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvii, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: History.; Germany. Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda Officials and employees.; Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft Officials and employees.; Germany History 1933-1945.; Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945.; Germany Social conditions 1933-1945.; Pomsel, Brunhilde, 1911-2017.
Uniform Title: Deutsches Leben. English