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Book `reveals last days of Hitler`s favourite little girl`

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:17

London: Born to Adolf Hitler`s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, and his wife Magda, Helga was said to be the Nazi dictator`s favourite little girl.

Now, 65 years after World War II, a new book has revealed the last days of 12-year-old Helga, who was killed by none other than her parents in Hitler`s Berlin bunker as Nazi empire crumbled in 1945.

According to the book, faced with the inevitability of defeat, Joseph had determined to await death alongside the Fuhrer, and so, he and his wife took their six children into Berlin bunker on April 22, 1945.

While other leading Nazis had protected their children by sending them into mountains or out of Germany, the Goebbels wife decided that she and the children would join her husband to bring their lives to what she called "the only possible and honourable conclusion", the book says.

"The children were happy and cheerful. They knew nothing of the fate awaiting them, and the adults did all they could to keep them unaware of it.

"Only the oldest, Helga, sometimes had a sad knowing expression in her big, brown eyes. But, sometimes I think with horror that in her heart the child saw through the pretence of the grown-ups," the book quoted Traudl Junge, one of Hitler`s secretary who looked after the kids in bunker, as saying.

According to Emma Craigie, the author of `Chocolate Cake with Hitler`, Helga sensed the danger of the situation, the dishonesty, the untrustworthiness of her parents and the other adults, but she was unable to share her fears with her unsuspecting younger siblings, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.

Helga was 12 years old when she died. According to the autopsy by Russians, bruises found on her body indicated that she had struggled against receiving an injection of morphine, which was used to quickly sedate the children before they were killed with cyanide.


First Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:17
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