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Joseph Goebbels’ secretary appears in new documentary with a claim she says no one believes Screenshot/BLACKBOX FILM

A documentary about the life of Brunhilde Pomsel, who worked very close to the Nazi propaganda machine during the height of Adolf Hitler, is being released.

Pomsel, who is now 105 years old, claims she knew none of the atrocities that were ongoing in the Nazi regime, though she maintains another point.

“[This documentary] is absolutely not about clearing my conscience,” she says, according to The Guardian.

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The movie, “A Germany Life,” was released at the Munich film festival and compiled 30 hours of interviews with the former secretary.

Pomsel talks openly about her time as a secretary for Joseph Goebbels, the lead propaganda architect for Adolf Hitler, insisting that it was “just another job.”

It was rare for us to see him in the mornings…We always knew once he had arrived, but we didn’t normally see him until he left his office, coming through a door that led directly into our room, so we could ask him any questions we had, or let him know who had called. Sometimes, his children came to visit and were so excited to visit Daddy at his work. They would come with the family’s lovely Airedale. They were very polite and would curtsy and shake our hands.

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It is important for me, when I watch the film, to recognise that mirror image in which I can understand everything I’ve done wrong. But really, I didn’t do anything other than type in Goebbels’ office.

She was in the center of it all, down to the last days, when she was called into the bunker as the Russians came into Berlin.

“It felt as if something inside me had died,” she says. “We tried to make sure we didn’t run out of alcohol. That was urgently needed in order to retain the numbness.”

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After the war, she spent five years incarcerated.

Ultimately Pomsel appears to feel no remorse about her work in the Nazi regime. She went blind a year ago, and knows her days are numbered.

In the little time that’s left to me – and I hope it will be months rather than years – I just cling to the hope that the world doesn’t turn upside down again as it did then, though there have been some ghastly developments, haven’t there? I’m relieved I never had any children that I have to worry about.

Betsi Fores About the author:
Betsi Fores is the managing editor for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @ejfores.
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