Zu dem vorigen Blogartikel hat sich noch eine wesentliche Zusatz-Erkenntnis ergeben, die in diesem Artikel ergänzt werden soll. Sie verdeutlicht noch einmal erneut, aus welcher Stimmung und welcher Motivlage in den Jahren 1939 bis 1941 in den westlichen Demokratien "Dokumentarberichte" über Adolf Hitler entstanden wie Rauschnings "Gespräche mit Hitler", Felix Groß' "Hitlers Girls, Guns and Gangsters" oder eben, wie im folgenden zu behandeln "I was Hitlers Maid". Alle diese Verkaufsschlager waren vor allem eines: Sie waren Kriegspropaganda. Und sie brachten ihren Verfassern sehr viel Geld ein.
|Abb.: Der Verkaufsschlager "I was Hitlers Maid" (1940)|
One persuasive book was I Was Hitler's Maid, by Pauline Kohler. She described intimate details of Hitler's life, including how he would get great enjoyment out of movies showing “indescribable tortures” of Jews.
On March 29 and April 5, 1970, Kelvin Brodie, writing in the London Sunday Times, revealed how Ronald Collier and another anonymous newsman wrote the book in two weeks from newspaper clippings and vivid imaginations. The book received rave reviews in the press at the time and both novelists made a great deal of money out of the scheme. To add authenticity to the book, the two clever journalists procured the Picture Editor of the 'Sunday Referee' and had him fake up a collage of the faces of four girls, cleverly combined and retouched to create “Pauline Kohler,” and put her on the frontispiece.
schrieben das Buch in zwei Wochen auf der Grundlage von Zeitungsausschnitten und lebhafter Vorstellungskraft. Das Buch erhielt die Bestnoten in der Presse der damaligen Zeit und beide Novellisten machten sehr viel Geld mit ihrem raffinierten Plan.
It transpires that the book I was Hitler's Maid, by Pauline Kohler, serialized by the Sunday Graphic and subsequently published by John Long, was actually written by two young chaps out for a lark and a spot of quick cash. One of the two, Ronald Collier, mellowed and secure as chairman of a magazine publishing company, now admits (Sunday Times, 5 April 1970) that he and a friend, still anonymous, researched, wrote and edited the book in two weeks.
Ob sie tatsächlich Pauline Kohler hieß, bei Hitler in Berchtesgaden als Dienstmädchen gearbeitet hatte und schließlich nach gelungener Flucht von Rumänien aus über Frankreich nach Brasilien emigriert ist, ist nicht nachweisbar. Ich habe mehrmals in verschiedenen Lexika nachgeschlagen und durch Zeitungsannoncen in Brasilien versucht, dieser geheimnisvollen Autorin nachzuspüren.
This is a piece of imaginative fiction about salacioius conduct by high Nazis. It was an invention of Ronald Collier. Even the face on the frontispiece was a fake.
Almost all historians consider this book to be spurious as they do now with Hermann Rauschning, Dr. Kruger of “I Was Hitler's Doctor”, and the “sex-pervert” smear of Hitler by Dr. Otto Strasser.
Posted on behalf of K Collier:
It is quite wrong to assume that the Book “I was Hitler’s Maid” was a fictional account of Hitler’s life. On the contrary, a great deal of time was put in to doing the research which is why for many years after the war it remained the main source of information on the Fuhrer himself, who was known to be reclusive. Shedding light onto his personal and private life had never been done, out of fear.
The self same thing happened with McCarthy in the United States. People feared him and even journalists would say “we don’t speak about our senators – the walls have ears”. This is also why it became such a sensation when it first came out. The authors were on Hitler’s black list and had to be sent out of the country for theirs and their families’ protection.
Some people may assume that Pauline Kohler was a fictional character but whether she was or not is irrelevant to the light the book shone on the terror and private debauchery of the Nazi Elite and their terrifying Regime and it did much to convince people they needed to be defeated. It was a book of courage written at a time of despair and it’s theme did much to convince me that when you face these kinds of distorted or disturbed power crazy people, one of the sure ways to begin to bring them down is to expose them to public ridicule.
That is what my father believed above all as one of the authors of it. Today it’s language is from the past and the days of terror are gone for us; but they do still continue in many other parts of the world. Sometimes the story behind a book can be as powerful and interesting as the book itself.
Geoff Walden on 02 Feb 2011, 21:58
(...) There are too many details in it that are simply not true or inaccurate, too many names that no-one has ever heard of, and too many anecdotes about Nazi leaders and life at the Berghof that simply sound like invented fiction to make a sensational account. I really cannot take anything in this book seriously.
Lesley-ann on 05 Feb 2011,
All previous postings by Lesley-ann are on behalf of Karilyn Collier who is the deceased co-author's daughter with correct information, reflecting his views for interest, not intending historical facts.
Lesley-ann on 06 Feb 2011
As already stated it was not meant to be a history book, but a SATIRE. However the Maid WAS REAL. She escaped from Burchesgarden. That is the last I am going to say on the subject because it was a long long time ago and I've found it strange to see such antagonism coming out towards the authors from modern readers. They certainly didn't get that kind of reaction at the time. Nor did Chaplin when he released the Great Dictator which was inspired by the book. K.Collier
Lesley-ann on 07 Feb 2011
Very quickly and this is the final time. Chaplin registered the idea in 1938 after the book came out, but it was only a first draft. The book went to Hollywood prior to Chaplin's registering his script idea. Please check with the website for the Great Dictator for the details if you wish. Hollywood wanted to make a film of the book, but wanted the original Maid to play the role, so it fell through as she was not contactable. There were several print ups of the book, including the one you have from 1940. The two authors were called up to serve during the war so it was not written in 1940 which is what you seem to think. One of them for further information fought at Monte Casino, one the hardest battle of the war; the other one was on the shores of Norfolk, waiting to defend this island from Hitler's invasion in 1940. That is my final posting. Please no more. K. Collier
|Abb. 2: Anna Daim - "Bei Hitlers Zimmermädchen" (2003)|
The book is noteworthy because Anna shows that Hitler was not homosexual, impotent or in any way impaired (beeinträchtigt) sexually. He was normal and he and Eva had a normal sex life together.
11Plaim, Anna: Bei Hitlers. Zimmermädchen Annas Erinnerungen. Hrsg. v. Kurt Kuch. Kleindienst 2003, Knaur TB, 2005