Helga Susanne Goebbels

BIRTH: 1 Sept 1932

Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany


DEATH: 1 May 1945 (aged 12)

Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany


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

The first and oldest daughter of Nazi progagandist Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda. She reportedly was the favorite among the children of her parents and Adolf Hitler. 

Helga was Adolf Hitler's favorite girl, who presented her with flowers on her one-year birthday. In 1935, it was cover of two magazines.


In July 1936 she was sent on vacation to her grandmother's house in Peenemünde. She was photographed with her younger sister Hilde and her father in the Berlin Frühjahrsregatta (Rowing Competition) in 1937. In 1939 she had throat surgery. There are reports that he wanted to have two children when he married.


Joseph's diary entries make very clear that at least during the first years, Helga was his favourite child.



She attended a public school in Berlin plus Hilde and Helmut.


Helga and Hilde had a favorite game that is remembered by Kathe Hubner, the educator of the 3 oldest children.
She remembers that the drawer had been opened by a secretary at night, when her mother was in Berlin, there were all the possible pictures, we were lying on the floor and we took all the pictures, including Magda's first husband, Günther Quandt , who was already older.
Helga and Hilde started making fun of old Gunther Quandt's photos.
Her children knew from their mother that she had a first marriage to a much older man. They also knew that their brother Harald had a different father than they did, Günther Quandt.


Helga write a letter to Kathe Hubner when she married:

"Dear Hübner!
I wish you and your Herbert all the best for your wedding. I will always think of you the day you get married and imagine how beautiful you will be in the high-heeled dress. We hope you enjoy our gift.
I wish you a happy honeymoon in the Baltic Sea.
You can experience many beautiful things there.
Many kisses and greetings
        Your Helga. "


In April 1940, Joseph wrote her eldest daughter had become a quite mature girl for her age, with whom he liked to “talk wisely” during walks.

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: “Helga would seize a revolver and shoot the unfaithful husband out of hand, or at least try to”.

Magda Goebbels often left the house in Bogensee to be with her husband Joseph Goebbels, Helga hated these absences from her mother and even confronted her mother about her absences.

In the hitler bunker, Helga over the days was increasingly concerned with the situation, asking her mother when they were leaving and that she did not want to die.

Rochus Misch, who lived together with Helga and her siblings during their last days in Fuherbunker, described her as the "tallest, oldest and brightest (...) a definitely Daddy's girl, with no great fondness for her mother".

Helga was 12 years old when she died. After her death were found marks on her arms and neck that led the coroners to believe that she was strangled after receiving the cyanide capsules. This theory, however, is not widely accepted.