106-Year-Old Woman Who Served as Notrious Nazi Joseph Goebbels’ Personal Assistant, Found Dead in Munich Home
The 106-year-old woman who served for three years as infamous Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ stenographer and personal assistant died in her sleep in her Munich home on Friday, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
Brunhilde Pomsel — whose story was the subject of the 2016 documentary “A German Life,” produced and directed by Christian Kroenes — was hiding out in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin bunker in May 1945, when the Führer shot himself, the day before Goebbels killed his six children and then committed suicide with his wife. Pomsel was then arrested by the Russian Army and imprisoned for five years. After her release, she worked for German radio until her retirement in 1971.
It was at the German Broadcasting Station that Pomsel — who joined the Nazi party, despite having been employed by a Jewish wholesale manufacturer and subsequently a Jewish insurance broker — where she first encountered Goebbels, who spent much time there airing hate-filled speeches. In 1942, the man most noted for his spreading of Hitler’s “final solution” ideology hired her to be his secretary.
Pomsel was catapulted into the spotlight in 2011, when she gave an interview to the German tabloid Bild, in which she claimed she had not been aware of the Nazis’ plan to annihilate the Jews. “I was a stupid, politically uninterested little sausage of simple means,” she said. “I only learned about the Jewish extermination program after the war. Goebbels never mentioned it in his correspondence.”
In “A German Life,” Pomsel described Goebbels as a vain person with considerable charm, according to AP. “I wouldn’t see myself as being guilty,” she said in the film. “Unless you end up blaming the entire German population for ultimately enabling that government to take control. That was all of us. Including me.”
In an interview last year, Pomsel called her role in promoting Hitler’s agenda “just another job.”