Eva Braun, 1944
(born Feb. 6, 1912, Munich, Ger.—died April 30, 1945, Berlin) Mistress of Adolf Hitler
. A saleswoman in the shop of Hitler's photographer, she became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s, living first in a house he provided in Munich, then at his chalet in Berchtesgaden. He never allowed her to be seen in public with him, and she had no influence on his political life. In April 1945 she joined him in Berlin, against his orders, as the Allied Powers were closing in on the capital. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in the Chancellery bunker on April 29. The next day Eva Hitler ended her life by taking poison; her husband shot himself. In accordance with his instructions, their bodies were burned.
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