Living with Hitler

Accounts of Hitler’s Household Staff

Karl Wilhelm Krause, Herbert Döhring, Anna Plaim, Kurt Kuch

Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Greenhill Books
Contributor(s) :
Roger Moorhouse
Illustration :
Black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781784382971
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This collection paints a picture of Hitler from members of his household in the unique position of being “seemingly ever-present, yet totally unconnected to events.”

The reader is introduced to Hitler's Bodyguard Karl Krause (1934-39), his house administrator Herbert Döhring (1935-43) and chambermaid Anna Plaim (1941-43). From these accounts we get a deeper sense of Hitler in close proximity.

These accounts massively add to our understanding of Hitler as a three dimensional character, especially from subjects like Plaim who only knew Hitler's home life, having rarely left Berghof.

The series is able to shed light on his likes and dislikes from foods to his hobbies, creating a strange sense of humanity. This collection also provides the reader with fresh anecdotes, observations and portraits of Hitler's entourage and relatives. Plaim's images of Eva Braun come from finding torn fragments in the bin, whilst Döhring sheds light on Martin Bormann's demeanour.

About The Author

Karl Krause was born in 1911 and became Hitler's valet and bodyguard in 1934. He died in 2001. Herbert Döhring was born in 1913, and from 1935-1943 served as Hitler's Housekeeper. He died in 2001. Anna Plaim was born in 1920 and became a maid in Berghof in 1941.

Anna Plaim was born in 1920 and became a maid in Berghof in 1941.

ROGER MOORHOUSE is a historian of the Third Reich. He has been published in over 20 languages. He is a tour guide, a book reviewer and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw.


"The glimpses they give us into the deceptive normality of Hitler’s private life irresistibly and graphically reinforce the significance of Hannah Arendt’s often criticised concept of the 'banality of evil.'"

- The Jewish Chronicle

"...[provides] invaluable insights of the Fuhrer’s unusual psyche, contributing to our better understanding who it really was behind the Hitler mask.


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