People Close to Adolf Hitler in Minor Roles

Hitler with his staff at his Wolf's Lair field headquarters in May or June 1940.
Hitler with his staff at his Wolf’s Lair field headquarters in May or June 1940.

This page features individuals who had role in the life of Adolf Hitler.

Alwin-Broder Albrecht

Alwin-Broder Albrecht (18 September 1903 – 1 May 1945) was a German naval officer who was one of Adolf Hitler’s adjutants during World War II.

Eva Braun – Mistress and Wife

Eva Anna Paula Hitler (née Braun; 6 February 1912 – 30 April 1945) was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich when she was 17 years old, while she was working as an assistant and model for his personal photographer, and began seeing him often about two years later. She attempted suicide twice during their early relationship. By 1936, she was a part of his household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden and lived a sheltered life throughout World War II. Braun was a photographer, and many of the surviving colour photographs and films of Hitler were taken by her. She was a key figure within Hitler’s inner social circle, but did not attend public events with him until mid-1944, when her sister Gretl married Hermann Fegelein, the SS liaison officer on his staff.

As the Third Reich collapsed towards the end of the war, Braun swore loyalty to Hitler and went to Berlin to be by his side in the heavily reinforced Führerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. As Red Army troops fought their way into the neighborhood on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony; she was 33 and he was 56. Less than 40 hours later, they committed suicide together in a sitting room of the bunker, she by biting into a capsule of cyanide, and he by a gunshot to the head. The German public was unaware of Braun’s relationship with Hitler until after their deaths.

Heinrich Hoffmann – Adolf Hitler’s Official Photographer

Heinrich Hoffmann (12 September 1885 – 15 December 1957) was a German photographer, art dealer, art collector, and magazine publisher who was for many years Adolf Hitler’s official photographer and a part of his intimate circle. Historian Alan Bullock succinctly described Hoffmann as an “earthy Bavarian with a weakness for drinking parties and hearty jokes”who “enjoyed the license of a court jester” with Hitler.

Julius Schaub

Julius Schaub (20 August 1898 – 27 December 1967) was the chief aide and adjutant to German dictator Adolf Hitler until the dictator’s suicide on 30 April 1945.

Born in 1898 in Munich, Bavaria, Schaub served as a field medic during World War I, during which he injured both of his feet. During the hard times which followed during the Great Depression, Schaub joined the Nazi Party. After losing his job because of his membership, Hitler hired him as his personal aide, a position he held for 25 years.

Schaub took care of Hitler’s personal belongings, papers and travel journeys, making him a notable figure in Hitler’s inner circle. In 1924, he was imprisoned with Hitler for his involvement in the coup d’état attempt of November 1923 in Munich. In time he closely befriended Hitler. Later in July 1944, Schaub was present during the military briefing during which a bomb exploded, killing four people and injuring others; Hitler escaped with minor injuries.

Schaub was ordered to leave the Führerbunker in late April 1945 and destroy all of Hitler’s personal belongings and papers. He was arrested by the Americans shortly after the war. Schaub died on 27 December 1967 in Munich.

German Military History with a focus on World War 2 History including other areas of German History

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