Wednesday 15 August 2018

Now we can all play at Eva Braun in Hitler's bunker

Eva Braun. Photo credit: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
Eva Braun. Photo credit: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

They'll be marking the 70th anniversary of the end the Second World War in May, and anyone minded to make a holiday trip to Adolf Hitler's bunker will be able to do so. Kind of. The re-created 'Fuhrerbunker' is a sort of Disneyfied recreation of the original in Berlin, to be set 300 miles away at Oberhausen near Duisburg, and handily near to a LegoLand, (for the kiddies).

It will be interesting to see if it's all just like in the movie Downfall, and whether they do justice to Eva Braun's wardrobe of dresses. Eva, who became Mrs Hitler just before she and Adolf killed themselves on April 30, 1945, was a lady who liked to change her costume every day - sometimes three times a day.

She especially liked the frocks of Lanvin and Patou and the shoes and handbags of Ferragammo (and for perfume, Chanel's Chypre). Fashion was important to her, as was dancing and ice-skating and movies. She liked dogs and fluffy toy animals and children, and the writings of Oscar Wilde. She was a skilled photographer and she knew how to process and develop film as well as take professional snapshots.

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