Hedwig Johanna Goebbels

BIRTH: 5 May 1938
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

​DEATH: 1 May 1945 (aged 6)
Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

​BURIAL: Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Danube River in Germany.

​Fifth child of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda. She was murdered by her mother, who injected her with morphine before murdering her and her siblings with cynanide. Her parents and Hitler commited suicide shortly after because her mother wanted her children to die along with the Nazi party. She was eight years old.

​Hedwig Johanna was born on May 5, 1938, while her father was on board the Italian flagship Conte Canvour along with Hitler and Mussolini.


On May 18, 1938, Joseph wrote into his diary that “Hertha (later Hedda) already looks sweet. The children are beside themselves with joy. Helga in her excitement is the definition of cuteness”. Although at first Goebbels decided to call the infant Hertha, he shortly opted for Hedda instead (Magda's mother had just seen a fine performance of Hedda Gabler).


Hedda had an operation in 1941.
Apparently, Hedda had a very creative imagination and brought joy to all those around her.
Kathe Hübner, Hedda’s eldest siblings’ governess, described her as the prettiest of the children, with a squeaky voice.

Magda once described the temperaments of five of her children to her sister-in-law Eleanore (Ello) Quandt by describing how each would react to learning they had been deceived by their spouse: Hedda  “would give a peal of laughter and say "Come here you rascal and give me a kiss"”

Hedwig wrote a letter to educator Kathe Hubner congratulating her on her wedding:
"" Dear Hübner Leske!
I wish you the best of luck for your wedding. I give you a good gift. I hope you are happy with that.
I greet you and Herbert
Your Hedwig ".

​She was commonly called "Hedda". She insisted, in 1944, that when she grew up she was going to marry SS Adjutant Günther Schwägermann, having been captivated by the fact he had a fake eye.


On December 1944 Christmas Day Joseph Goebbels was very moved when his daughter Hedwig recited a poem.
"The children said poems. Hedda, who was the most beautiful, the penultimate of the six children of Goebbels, said in a very high-pitched voice:
The light must be back,
after those dark days,
let's not ask
if we see
go up again
it will be a new light. '
Joseph started to cry, knowing that the war was lost. The poem was proposed by the oldest educator, Mrs. Schröter, who took care of young children.


She was six years old, four days shy of her seventh birthday, at the time of her death.