The Girl In The Bunker
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, one of the most devastating and widely discussed global catastrophes in history. Much is known about the key players in the conflict. Pages upon pages have been written, dedicated to analysing the psyche of Adolf Hitler, architect of the Third Reich, and ultimately the architect of its downfall. As the last of the German High Command descended into the bunker that was to become the tomb of Nazi Germany, it was sadly not just grown men and women who went with them. There were children, too.
In The Girl In The Bunker, Tracey S. Rosenberg explores the last days of the war through the eyes of Helga Goebbels – 12 years old, filled with a wide-eyed enthusiasm for the world, unaware that her father and Uncle Adolf are about to lose the German Empire to the advancing Soviet forces. Below, Tracey tells us a little more about why she believes Joseph and Magda Goebbels took their children with them down into the vault:
The novel traces the final days of the Goebbels children against the historical backdrop of the final days of the Third Reich, and overlays a poignant chronology on the historical record. The children are faced with danger from all sides – not only the approaching Russians and the angry, deserting German soldiers, but from their own parents.
Although Helga Goebbels and her siblings weren’t murdered for their religion or racial identity, they were arguably victims of the Nazi ideology. No other senior Nazi brought their children anywhere near Berlin in April 1945; Albert Speer and Martin Bormann were both in the bunker during the final days, yet their own children were kept in safety, and survived the war. My belief is that Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their six children because they couldn’t bear to know that they might grow up and reject their parents’s belief in Adolf Hitler. Additionally, by laying his children on the altar, Joseph could prove that he, and he alone, was the most loyal Nazi.
The Girl In The Bunker is available as an ebook on Amazon. You can buy it here.