But Adolf Hitler showed only intermittent interest in Eva and she made two suicide
attempts in August 1932 and in May 1935.
After the second attempt Hitler was so impressed that he set her up in a
house near his own apartment and invited her to move into the Berghof at
Berchtesgaden. Reserved, indifferent to politics and keeping her distance
from most of Hitler's intimates, Eva Braun led a completely isolated life
in the Führer's Alpine retreat and later in Berlin.
Albert Speer and Hitler
his Memoirs Inside The Third Reich Hitler's closest friend, Albert Speer, later
kept his Eva like a puppet in a doll's house. She was a part of the
ambience, like the canary cage, the rubber tree ... and the kitschy wooden
... Eva Braun was allowed to be present during visits from old party
associates. She was banished as soon as other dignitaries of the Reich,
such as cabinet ministers, appeared at the table ... Hitler obviously
regarded her as socially acceptable only within strict limits.
Sometimes I kept her company in her exile, a room next to Hitler's
bedroom. She was so intimidated that she did not dare leave the house for
a walk. Out of sympathy for her predicament I soon began to feel a liking
for this unhappy woman, who was so deeply attached to Hitler."
role played by Eva Braun was a successfully guarded secret in the Third
Reich. She was carefully kept out of the public eye for all those years
and few Germans even knew of her existence.
Even the Führer's closest associates were not certain of the exact nature
of their relationship, since Hitler preferred to avoid suggestions of
intimacy and was never wholly relaxed in her company.
servant for many years, Heinz Linge, later recalled:
and Eva occasionally stayed on alone in his study talking for a short
while before retiring. On those occasions Eva, generally wearing only a
dressing gown, would have some wine and Hitler a cup of tea ... For those
of us who knew of Hitler's relationship with Eva from personal observation
the motto was: see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing."