Nazi propaganda boss Joseph Goebbels' wife was "entranced" by Adolph Hitler – and the feeling was mutual, a bombshell new book has claimed.
Magda Goebbels, who was known as the “First Lady of the Reich” is said to met the Fuhrer in 1931 and was immediately entranced by him – with Hitler reported to have returned the infatuation.
The bombshell claims come in “Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany” by British historian James Wyllie, which is out on November 3, New York Post reports.
Magda grew up in Brussels but was raised in a broken family after her parents got divorced when she was just three.
She married a businessman at 18 but got divorced a few years later.
In 1930, she attended a Nazi rally where she is said to have been struck by the fiery propaganda minister Goebbels.
She soon landed a job in his office, and it is claimed they began a romantic relationship in February 1931. “It’s like I’m dreaming,” Goebbels wrote. “So full of satisfied bliss.”
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But, the book reports, Hitler himself also wanted to pursue a relationship with her and in order to keep it secret, he came up with a strange proposition. To keep her close, he’d have Magda marry Goebbels. She enthusiastically accepted.
“Magda was intelligent, very sophisticated, very capable and really fell tragically in love with Hitler more so than her husband, but understood the only way to be close to Hitler was to embrace being the first lady of the Third Reich,” author Mr Wyllie said.
Magda and Goebbels married in December 1931, though he was uneasy over her adoration of the Fuhrer. “She loses herself a bit around the Boss,” he wrote in his diary. “I am suffering greatly. I didn’t sleep a wink.”
But the claims Goebbels failed to remain faithful to his wife, pursuing director Leni Riefenstahl and stuck his hand under her dress once while sitting next to her at the opera.
It is further claimed he then struck up an affair in 1938 with actress Lida Baarova and asked Magda if the three might be able to co-exist. Magda reluctantly agreed and Goebbels soon booked a trip for the three of them aboard a yacht.
An increasingly unhappy Magda wanted a divorce, but Hitler forbade it, the book further claims.
“He was really touchy about the idea that any of his close compatriots got divorced,” Wyllie says, saying Hitler believed it would be bad for the party’s image.
Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany is published by The History Press.
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