Hitler's nurse describes last days in Berlin bunker
3 May 2005, BERLIN - Erna Flegel, who claims to have been Hitler's nurse, has described the events of the last days in the dictator's bunker for the first time since 1945.
3 May 2005
BERLIN - Erna Flegel, who claims to have been Hitler's nurse, has described the events of the last days in the dictator's bunker for the first time since 1945.
In an interview published in the Berlin tabloid BZ, Flegel says she remained in the bunker after Hitler committed suicide. She was there when Soviet troops arrived.
According to Flegel, Hitler was consumed with paranoia in his last days: "At the end he didn't trust anyone." He even believed spies had replaced the cyanide in his suicide capsules with harmless powder so that he could be captured alive by the Russians.
Flegel was employed to give first aid medical treatment to Hitler and his inner circle from January 1943 until the end of the war.
The interview with BZ is the first time she has spoken about her experiences since she was de-briefed by the American secret service in 1945. Not even her relatives knew of her role in the war. "I don't want to take my secret with me to the grave", she told the newspaper.
She said that she tried to save the lives of Josef Goebbels' six children from being poisoned by their mother, without success: "Magda Goebbels had no mercy". She recalls that Hitler was like a kindly uncle to the children, drinking hot chocolate with them and letting them play in his bathtub.
She also said that Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief, tried to take over as leader after Hitler's suicide, but was ignored by the others: "No-one listened to him."
"His last subordinates shot themselves one after the other", she said. "And the ones who didn't shoot themselves tried to escape". She did not leave the bunker, however. "I had to look after the wounded".
Flegel painted a vivid picture of the bunker's atmosphere as the Soviet forces approached. "We trembled more and more, the closer the cannons came. You could feel that the Third Reich was at an end. The radios were out. It was impossible to get information".
She said that the Soviet troops were well-behaved and advised her to lock her bedroom door so she could sleep in peace. She stayed in the bunker for several days, and was one of the last to leave.
Flegel gave her testimony to the American secret service on 23 November 1945. Her file disappeared however, and was only recently discovered in Connecticut. The reappearance of the file prompted the BZ to track Flegel down at a north German nursing home, after a tip-off from the registration office in her birthplace.
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Subject: German news