Joseph Goebbels

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Nazi Propagandist's Secretary Dies With a Final Hope

Brunhilde Pomsel hoped history wouldn't repeat itself

(Newser) - Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, died in her sleep at a care home in Munich on Friday, a few weeks after her 106th birthday. Christian Kroenes, who extensively interviewed Pomsel for last year's documentary film, A German Life , confirmed the news, per the...

She Was Inside the Nazi Regime, Still Says She Knew Nothing
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She Was Inside the Nazi Regime, Still Says She Knew Nothing

Brunhilde Pomsel gives an interview at age 105

(Newser) - It was only after World War II, after she had served five years in a prison camp and returned to Berlin, that Brunhilde Pomsel says she learned about "the matter of the Jews." That's her circumlocution for the Holocaust, and it's a fairly surprising assertion considering...

Joseph Goebbels' 'Love Nest' a Tough Sell for Berlin

The Nazi propagandist hosted starlets at the lakeside villa

(Newser) - Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But the crumbling façade, failing roof, and seen-better-decades interior aren't the reasons why Berlin has been unable to sell the Haus am Bogensee, a 70-room lakeside villa that the city has been trying to unload for more than 20 years. The real sticking...

Nazi Goebbels' Descendants Are Secret Billionaires

Slave labor helped build a sprawling business empire

(Newser) - In the dying days of Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda killed their six children with cyanide in Hitler's underground bunker and committed suicide. Goebbels' step-son, Harald—then a prisoner of war in Benghazi—survived the war, and like his half-brother Herbert became one of the most...

Biathlon Guests Offered Nazi Newspapers

Embarrassed Siberians blame language differences

(Newser) - Organizers of the 2011 World Biathlon Championships in Siberia had the charming idea of placing a selection of old newspapers among the hors d'oeuvres at a media reception. One small problem: the selection included Nazi-era German newspapers. "Reich Chancellor Hitler," read one headline from the Joseph Goebbels-founded propaganda...

Jerry Brown Compares Meg Whitman to Goebbels

California gubernatorial race turns ugly early

(Newser) - Jerry Brown has $20 million in his California gubernatorial campaign coffers, but the $71 million Meg Whitman spent in securing the Republican nomination has her Democratic opponent worried—so worried he's comparing her to Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels. "Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda," California's current AG said...

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