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Else Krüger

Else Krüger (9 February 1915 – 24 January 2005) was Martin Bormann's secretary (and, allegedly, mistress) from the end of 1942 until 1 May 1945. [Note 1] She was born in Hamburg-Altona. [1]

Martin Bormann Nazi Party leader and private secretary to Adolf Hitler

Martin Ludwig Bormann was a prominent official in Nazi Germany as head of the Nazi Party Chancellery. He gained immense power by using his position as Adolf Hitler's private secretary to control the flow of information and access to Hitler. After Hitler's suicide on 30 April 1945, he was Party Minister of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

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She was in the Führerbunker during the Battle of Berlin in World War II. Krüger was with Eva Braun, Gerda Christian, Traudl Junge, and Constanze Manziarly when German dictator Adolf Hitler told them that they must prepare to leave for the Berghof like the others. However, she volunteered to remain with Hitler in the Berlin Führerbunker. She was there when Braun indicated that she would never leave Hitler's side and they embraced. Hitler gave each of the women a cyanide capsule. [2] Then on the afternoon of 30 April 1945, Hitler and Braun killed themselves. [3] [4]

<i>Führerbunker</i> subterranean bunker complex used by Adolf Hitler in 1945

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Battle of Berlin final major offensive of the European theatre of World War II

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World War II 1939–1945 global war

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Thereafter, Krüger left the Führerbunker on 1 May 1945 in a group led by Waffen-SS Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke. [5] On the morning of 2 May, the group was captured by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army while hiding in a cellar at the Schultheiss-Patzenhofer Brewery on Prinzenallee. [6]

<i>Waffen-SS</i> armed wing of the Nazi Partys Schutzstaffel

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<i>Brigadeführer</i> Nazi party paramilitary rank

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Wilhelm Mohnke German general

Wilhelm Mohnke was one of the original members of the SS-Staff Guard (Stabswache) "Berlin" formed in March 1933. From those ranks, Mohnke rose to become one of Adolf Hitler's last remaining generals. He joined the Nazi Party in September 1931.

After the war Krüger was interrogated by the British. She later married her British interrogator, Leslie James (1915–1995), on 23 December 1947 in Wallasey, Cheshire UK. She lived under the name Else James in Wallasey, and remained married to Leslie until his death. [7] She died in Germany on 24 January 2005 aged 89, despite speculation that she had lived to be much older. [8]

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  1. O'Donnell, J. (2001) [1978], The Bunker . Junge and Christian, when interviewed by O'Donnell, both claimed that Bormann was having an affair with Krüger. When O'Donnell asked Krüger if this was true, she neither confirmed nor denied these statements.

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  1. Joachimsthaler, Anton (1999) [1995], p. 291.
  2. Beevor, Antony (2002). Berlin: The Downfall 1945, p. 278.
  3. Joachimsthaler, Anton (1999) [1995], pp. 160–182.
  4. Beevor, Antony (2002), p. 359.
  5. O'Donnell, J. (2001) [1978], The Bunker, pp. 271, 274.
  6. O'Donnell(2001) [1978], The Bunker, pp. 271, 274, 291.
  7. O'Donnell, J. (2001) [1978], The Bunker, p. 293.
  8. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/in-your-area/woman-who-worked-for-nazis-10757448


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