How involved was Eva Braun in politics and Hitler's beliefs?I know very little about Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend/wife. Was she too sheltered or innocent to know the man she loved and what he...

How involved was Eva Braun in politics and Hitler's beliefs?

I know very little about Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend/wife. Was she too sheltered or innocent to know the man she loved and what he was doing? Or was she a fanatical Nazi too that believed in everything Hitler did? Somewhere in between?

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This question is a matter of some dispute.  There is a conventional historical wisdom and a recent revisionist strand of thinking on Eva Braun.

The conventional historical position is that Braun was apolitical and was simply personally devoted to Hitler.  This position holds that Braun was never included in any of the political and military discussions that Hitler would have been involved in.  There is, according to this view, no evidence that she was a real believer in the Nazi cause.  Instead, she is portrayed as someone who was just not interested in politics.

However, there is a recent book out that claims very much the opposite.  It portrays Braun as someone who was very involved in politics and cared about the same things Hitler cared about.  It argues that the men around Hitler, who had been the sources for the conventional wisdom about Braun, portrayed her in that way for their own purposes.

So, this is an argument that is not settled.  I would suggest that you look in the September/October 2011 edition of The National Interest for a review of the Braun biography that makes the revisionist claim.  I assume you have access to this through ProQuest.  The title of the article is "Adolf & Eva" and the author is Richard J. Evans.

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