The Work I Did : A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels

Author(s): Brunhilde Pomsel; Thore D. Hansen; Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

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I know no one ever believes us nowadays everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing. It was all a well-kept secret. We believed it. We swallowed it. It seemed entirely plausible '

Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an apolitical girl ' and a figure on the margins '. How are we to reconcile this description with her chosen profession' Employed as a typist during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history- Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017. Her life, mirroring all the major breaks and continuities of the twentieth century, illustrates how far-right politics, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships can rise, and how political apathy can erode democracy.

Compelling and unnerving, The Work I Did gives us intimate insight into political complexity at society 's highest levels at one of history 's darkest moments.


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The biography of Brunhilde Pomsel, stenographer of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Timeless and gripping, this is a powerful morality tale and a chilling study of the banality of evil

Brunhilde Pomsel worked a secretary for Goebbels and what she did or didn't know is revealed in this bopgraphy. For the World War II completist or those who are interested in finding out more about what happened in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Not only one of the most important contributions to analyses of the Holocaust, but in light of today's political situation, it is a long overdue, timeless warning to today's generation and those yet to come -- Daniel Chanoch, Holocaust Survivor

Brunhilde Pomsel was born in Berlin on the 11th January 1911. After training to become a typist, she began a job in the news department of the state radio station in Berlin in 1933. Nine years later she joined the Propaganda ministry as Joseph Goebbels' secretary. Pomsel lived in Munich until her death in January 2017. She was 106 years old. Thore D. Hansen is a political journalist and communications consultant based in Germany and Austria.

General Fields

  • : 9781408894484
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : December 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brunhilde Pomsel; Thore D. Hansen; Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 240