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A German Life: Goebbels' Secretary Remembers - Storyville

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In a documentary made when she was 105, Brunhilde Pomsel talks about her time as the secretary and stenographer to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Reflecting on her life, she makes it clear that the dangers that led to the rise of fascism have not been overcome.
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Born in 1911, Brunhilde Pomsel was an ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary times, becoming secretary to Joseph Goebbels in 1942. Now, at a time when the world is in political turmoil and far-right politicians are back in the headlines, it’s fascinating to listen to someone, still sharp as a tack at 103 when she’s interviewed for this Austrian documentary, recalling the events of her life. She says, “Everything that is beautiful is also tainted. And whatever’s horrible also has its bright side. Nothing’s black and white.”

It raises interesting questions about how you continue to function when society around you goes mad. Do you protest, or do you survive?

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DirectorChristian Kroenes
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