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Hildegard Traudel Goebbels

BIRTH: 13 Apr 1934

Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

 

DEATH: 1 May 1945 (aged 11)

Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

 

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

The second child of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda. She was often refered to as ‘Hilde.' 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 eleven years old.

Joseph Goebbels wanted a boy so badly that when he had a second girl (Hilde) he refused to offer flowers or visit the woman at the hospital, Hitler spoke to Goebbels saying that
"Just think, my dear Goebbels, how unhappy your sounds would one day be always finding themselves overshadowed by a great father. Geniuses should only have daughters".
So Goebbels went to visit Magda and Hilde at the Hospital.

 

She was photographed with her older sister Helga and her father in the Berlin Frühjahrsregatta (Rowing Contest) in 1937.

Hilde had her first school day in April, 1940. She had brown hair, was good-natured and very fond of animals. In a 1941 diary entry, Joseph referred to her as "a little mouse".

Hilde wrote a letter to her educator Kathe Hubner, who had recently married, reminding her that she would almost never have arrived at her own wedding due to missing the train at the station in Wandlitz.

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: "Hilde would collapse altogether, sobbing and weeping, but would soon appear to be reconciled if her husband expressed remorse and swore to be faithful in future."

On July 20, 1944, the assassination attempt against Hitler was carried out.
Käthe Hübner, the educator of the 3 oldest children, says that that day she went to Berlin with Hilde and Helga because the children had a dentist appointment in the morning, they took the opportunity to have lunch with their father Joseph Goebbles.

In the middle of the meal, Joseph Goebbels was called on the phone.
He received the news that they tried to kill Hitler.
Kathe returned home with Hilde and Helga home to Bogensee.

Kathe remembers meeting with a friend in Berlin
"My longtime friend Gerda visited me that day, when I was in Berlin with the two girls Helga and Hilde. Suddenly, the air raid alarm arrived and we were able to arrive in the bunker at the minister's apartment safely.
A member of the Goebbels team was also there and received random candies. An absolute rarity. When she gave each girl a candy, they were exuberantly happy.

 

Goebbels even tried to make a documentary with Helga and Hilde when visiting hospitals with the wounded Germans but the shock was so great for the girls that the project ended up not being carried out.

In the last week of life in the Hitler bunker, it is speculated that Hilde spent most of her time reading books and playing with Hitler's dog puppies.