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'I WAS HITLER'S SECRET MISTRESS'
He broke up her marriage and caused her to attempt suicide-and she was the only woman he ever really loved.
By COMER CLARKE
HITLER'S sister, Frau Paula Wolf, not A DOLF long before her recent death clasped the hands of the still-beautiful woman who stood before her. "Maria, my dear," she said, "not marrying you was the greatest mistake Adolf ever made. I know that you were the only woman he ever truly loved. It was you he wanted. "I believe that if he had married you history might have been different. "Eva Braun meant nothing to him. She just flung herself at him. "He married her in his last days in his Berlin bunker because he did not want to go down in history as dying with just an occasional girl friend." For the first time since the war, Frau Wolf was meeting Maria Reiter again. Maria is the still golden-haired, blue-eyed woman who was the greatest secret in the life of the Fuehrer of Nazi Germany. And Frau Wolf's words at her home in Berchtesgaden, where Hitler built his mountain eyrie, provided the final proof of the truth of Maria Reiter's story. Beautiful Maria, who captivated Hitler from the time she was sixteen until he died in the ruins of Berlin in 1945, kept her secret all these years while she earned a meager living as a domestic helper, scrubbing floors and cleaning kitchens. She also kept the only passionate love letters — in his own handwriting — that Hitler is known to have written. I have checked Maria Reiter's story, examined the revealing documentary evidence and talked to scores of witnesses. It is clear, beyond all doubt, that Maria, was the only woman Hitler ever loved passionately—and completely. To her he bared his heart and his greatest secrets. Maria Reiter began her astonishing testimony as she sat in her bed-sitting room in Frankfurt, where she now lives, with these frank words to me: "Adolf Hitler and I were true lovers in every sense of the word. "A lot has been said about Hitler being incapable of making love to any woman. I can tell you that this is wrong. "I was just sixteen when Hitler first crushed me in his arms and became the first man to kiss me. "He told me: 'By my side you will see Germany become great again. Our soldiers will take the glory of Germany to all the nations of Europe— and, in the end, to the world/ "Then, trembling with passion he whispered: 'Darling, we must never part.' "We never did part, in heart and spirit." Then she started at the beginning. "Hitler called me Mimi, but I was born Maria Reiter at Berchtesgaden on December 23, 1909. "I had two elder brothers, Karl and Richard, and an elder sister, Anny. "We were a Roman Catholic family and life was strict. My mother was a kind and gentle woman. My father was the deputy mayor. "I went to the Catholic convent of Santa Maria but I left there at 15 and went to help Anny— who was by then married—in my family's shoe and clothes shop, (Continued on next page)
Mimi finally married SS officer Georg Kubisch, right, when if became clear that Hitler would never wed her.
HITLER'S SECRET LOVE continued
"Fourteen days before my first fateful meeting with Hitler my mother had died. "It was on September 28, 1926, that I first saw him. I was just 16 and supposed to be very pretty. Hitler was thirty-seven. "The name didn't mean a thing to me when my brother, Richard, pulled my arm as I stood behind the shop counter. 'Look,' he said. 'That is Adolf Hitler walking by.' "He was wearing light brown breeches, a grey windjacket, brown high boots, a light grey velour hat and carried a brown riding crop. Beside him trotted his Alsatian dog, Prinz." Pudgy-faced Adolf Hitler was already a name in Germany. Already he was often to be seen standing, his right hand outstretched, as columns of his brownshirted followers marched past him. Already people talked of his hypnotic eyes, his rasping, impassioned voice. Already the brown-shirted roughnecks were manhandling hecklers, beating up aged Jews. The orchestra of tyranny was tuning up. Maria did not know that Hitler had for two days been standing behind the lace curtains of the Hotel Deutches Haus, above her shop, watching as she strolled in the park opposite at lunchtime. Maria told me: "Two days after my first glimpse of Hitler, Anny and I went over to the park at lunchtime as usual. Hitler crossed the road towards us. He bowed slightly and doffed his hat. "He spoke: 'Hitler, Adolf Hitler, is my name. Do you mind if I sit on this bench?' "I looked at my sister. Anny said, 'No, Herr Hitler, you are most welcome.'
"Hitler sat down and I went on playing with Marko, our Alsatian, but I noticed that all the time Hitler was talking to Anny he was looking and smiling at me. "I heard Hitler say to Anny: 'Who is this blonde bundle of happiness?' Anny said, 'She is my sister, Mimi.' "Hitler asked, 'Will you introduce me?' "I was thinking how awful that moustache is—if he kissed a woman it must tickle. "Then my sister called, 'Mimi, Mimi—I would like to introduce you to Herr Hitler.' "Hitler looked at me with piercing eyes. I felt ill at ease. He motioned me to sit down. I sat on Hitler's left. "For a few minutes Hitler talked about his dog. Then, suddenly, he asked my sister, 'Frau Hehl, will you one day allow me to go for a walk with your sister?' "I stared at Anny as if to say: 'For goodness' sake, no!' After all, I had never been out with a man. "I jumped up and went to the shop. "The next day a close friend of Hitler came to the shop. 'Herr Hitler is making a speech tonight at the Hotel Deutches Haus above this shop,' he said. 'He would be honored if you would come.' "We felt we could only say, 'Yes.' "That evening forty members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party—the Nazi Party— were sitting at their tables. Anny and I were shown to the top table. "I was rather flattered that this famous man had thought I was intelligent enough to be invited to a political meeting. "Hitler came to our table and bowed. 'I cannot tell you how happy I am that you are here,' he said to me.
Then he bowed again and went to the platform. "I can see him now. I can see his lock of hair as it fell over his brow, his fist hammering on the desk. "All the time Hitler looked at me, I cannot tell you how uncomfortable I felt. "After the speeches most of the guests drank wine. Hitler drank mineral water. "At first the conversation was general, but gradually the group split up—and left Hitler and me alone. "He called over to my sister. 'Frau Hehl,' he said. 'Iam as happy as a little boy. You did me a great favour by bringing your sister along tonight.' "Suddenly Hitler looked at me. I remember flushing as his piercing blue eyes lifted slowly over my body from my hands to my face. No one else seemed to exist for Hitler, He moved his chair towards me and leaned forward to ask, ' Where are your parents ?' "I said, 'I have only a father. My mother died just over a fortnight ago.' "Hitler said, 'I know how much that must hurt.' His voice was sad. "He looked at me again and said, 'My mother had the same eyes as you. She died when I was young like you.'
"At this moment our hands brushed. I shall never forget it, though it was only a touch. "Then Hitler clasped my hands in his. " 'You must allow me to accompany you to your mother's grave,' he said. "It seemed such a kind thing to say, and I answered, 'Yes, of course.' ."We. talked for half an hour, and I noticed that Fraulein Metkess, a daughter of the hotel proprietor, was looking at me. She looked as if she resented the attention Hitler was paying to me. "Suddenly she turned and said, 'Herr Hitler, why don't you marry?' "Hitler glanced at her briefly and turned to me. " 'Marry?' he said. 'I cannot marry. All I can do is to be with a woman I really love. A woman I love with all my heart.' "As he spoke his knee pressed against my thigh, and his right foot pressed on mine." Three days later Mimi caught her first glimpse of Hitler the Fiend. Hitler's Alsatian dog, Prinz, sprang upon her Alsatian, Marko. Within seconds the pavement was a whirlwind of snarling, bare-fanged battle. Mimi told me: "I covered my face with my hands as the dogs' teeth slashed into each other's bodies. "Then I saw Hitler grip his riding crop and leap at the fighting dogs. "His face was twisted with fury as, again and again, he lashed out at them until Prinz reeled away from the blows. "But, in a frenzy, Hitler still lashed at his bleeding, dazed dog. It was senseless, but he couldn't seem to stop. "I was horrified. I grabbed his arm and shouted,
'Stop it! Stop! You'll kill him.' " "To my amazement he did stop—as soon as I touched his arm. "He turned to me and whispered, 'I couldn't help it. You should have stopped me before. I'm sorry.' " This was the first of many times that little Mimi Reiter was to exercise a calming influence on Hitler. "Hitler and I walked home in silence to Anny's flat, where I was living," Maria went on. "When we were inside he saw the piano and asked me to play. Gently he placed his hands on my shoulders. "He whispered, 'Will you let me kiss you?' I went on playing as I said, 'No, Herr Hitler, I can't.' "Anny came into the room with some sandwiches. I went into the kitchen to fetch the coffee. Hitler followed me, put his arms around me gently and pulled me to him. '"Why don't you want to kiss me?' he asked. 'Don't I mean anything to you? Don't you want to do the same as I want to do?' "Remember I had never been out with a man before, let alone been kissed by one. I said, 'No, Herr Hitler, I can't Please!' "I saw Hitler's face darken. "He spoke sharply, 'Then we shall never see each other again. Never!' "And he stormed out. (Continued on page 56)
Hitler's Mistress (Continued from page 31)
"Next day, Herr Amann, a friend of his, came into our family shop. He walked straight up to me and said, 'Herr Hitler is terribly upset. He will do no work. He won't even eat. " 'Will you do me a favor? Please write him that you will see him again.' I did so. "Within ten minutes Hitler was standing before me. "He was beaming. 'Thank you, Mimi, for your few lines,' he said. 'I was so afraid I had offended you. " 'You told me you would allow me to accompany you to your mother's grave. May I meet you tonight?' "That evening we walked in silence to the graveyard in the center of
Berchtesgaden. We had been standing by my mother's grave for a few minutes when Hitler started to pour out his heart. " 'I was about your age, too, when my mother died. She was a wonderful woman,' he said, his hands holding mine. " 'We came from a very poor family. Even from the first, in Braunau, in Austria, my father did not understand me. " 'Very often when my father did not think I was doing well enough at school, he hit me. He was a very brutal man.' "Hitler seemed almost to be sobbing.
"Then he said, 'But the foundations have been laid for the great fight to bring new glory to Germany.' "I heard his voice soften. His hands held my arms. " 'My dear Mimi,' he said. 'Fate has brought us together. Will you please promise always to be by my side?' " 'My task is to rebuild Germany. Together we will see our Fatherland grow in greatness.' "I did not know what to say. What an odd man he is, I thought. "I was growing to like this strange man, beginning to feel a little sorry for him. I could tell that I was having a strange fascination for Hitler, and when he asked me to go for a ride in his car the next day I said yes. "Hitler asked Anny, too, in case anyone felt I was too young to go out alone with an older man. "At 11 a.m. next day a big, black Mercedes swished to a halt. Hitler was sitting in front with his driver, Emil Maurice. Anny and I climbed in the back. "But three miles out of Berchtesgaden on a lonely mountain road Hitler asked my sister, 'Would you like to sit in the front of the car? The view is so much better.' "Anny and Hitler changed seats. "Then, after several more miles, Hitler again ordered Emil to stop. While Anny stayed talking to Emil, Hitler took my hand and we strolled among the trees. He stopped and held me against a tree, his hands upon my arms. " 'Just stay as you are,' he said softly. "Then he stepped back several paces and looked at me as shafts of pale, autumn sun glinted softly through the branches. "Hitler's voice came through the stillness: 'If only you could stay for the rest of your life as you are now.' "Quickly he walked towards me. His lips pressed against mine as he kissed me passionately, his arms crushing me against his body. "It was my first kiss. "Hitler whispered, 'My darling, I am desperately in love with you. You are everything to me.' "I clasped his hands and thought I was beginning to understand this incredible man. I, too, was falling in love. "On the way back to the car Hitler told me, 'Tomorrow I have to go on a tour of Germany. I shall be away for several weeks. " 'You must write to me care of my housekeeper, Frau Dachs, Tierschstrasse, Munich, and I will write to you.' "Hitler was afraid that his friendship with me might be politically embarrassing. 'I shall sign my letters Wolf,' he said. 'From now on you must call me Wolf.' "As we neared Berchtesgaden, Hitler changed places again and sat in the front of the car. "He produced three large boxes of chocolates when we got home. One he handed to Anny, one he gave to me and one he kept himself. (Continued on next page)
"He told me, 'You must eat them as you lie in bed tonight. I will eat mine in bed, too. As we do so we will think of each other.' "For a few seconds he gripped my arms and gazed Into my eyes. Then he turned and was gone. I knew I was in love." A few weeks later, Mimi, wearing a white blouse and a short, pleated skating skirt, whirled on the ice at a Munich skating competition. As she curtsied to the judges, she saw Hitler among the spectators. Hitler was clapping and beaming with pleasure. "Hitler shook my hand, as enthusiastically as a little boy, when a loudspeaker announcement was made that I had won through to the final, to be held at a later date," she told me. " 'My dear,' he said, 'we must celebrate. Don't bother to change. Pack your outdoor things in a suitcase and come and have a meal.' "Hitler, his driver, Emil Maurice, and I went to a nearby restaurant. "I was hungry, and I ordered veal. "Hitler's face clouded, 'How can you eat the flesh of animals?' he asked. "Despite this, I ate with a good appetite. Later, Hitler invited me to see where he lived. The driver was dismissed at the door. Hitler took my hand as we went upstairs. " 'I expect you would like to change,' said Hitler, for I was still in my skating clothes. 'You may change here if you wish. I promise you I won't look.' "I hesitated. After all, I had never been alone with a man in his apartment. "Then I said, 'Well, if you promise not to look until I tell you.' "Hitler pulled 'round a chair and sat facing the wall. As he began to look at some papers, I started to undress. "I pulled off my skating clothes and struggled into a blue evening dress, but I could not reach one button at the back and I had to ask Hitler's help. "He got up quickly from the chair and hurried across the room. Hitler fastened the button, standing behind me, Then he put his arms around me and pulled me back on my heels towards him. " 'You are the most wonderful girl I have ever met,' he whispered, his breath warm on my bare neck. "Then he swung me round, and we were in each other's arms, kissing passionately. Hitler whispered, 'My beautiful Mimi. I love you so much.' "That night he took me to the opera, and as we walked into the theatre everyone looked 'round to see Hitler. Hundreds in the audience raised their hands in the Nazi salute as Hitler took his seat in the box, with me by his side. "I watched jealously as beautiful women in the audience got up and curtsied to the man who was soon to be the Fuehrer of Germany. "Hitler seemed to read my thoughts and said, 'Mimi, you must take no notice. Many of these women wish to be with me, but they mean nothing.
" 'I could almost pick and choose. But you are the person I love.' "I was proud and flattered. "After the opera, Hitler accompanied me to the flat of Frau Ida Arnold, a woman doctor with whom it had been arranged that I should stay the night. Dr. Arnold asked me lots of questions about Hitler, mainly about the love she had noticed we had for each other. "Next day I went back home. Within days I was receiving letters and postcards from Hitler, who was on a tour of Germany addressing Nazi rallies. "Hitler was an Austrian and could have been deported from Germany as an alien at a moment's notice. Again and again he confided in me that this was his great fear. "Eight weeks after I had met Dr. Arnold, there came a bombshell. "An anonymous letter was sent to the headquarters of the Party complaining of the Leader's association with a seventeen-year-old girl—me. I found out a while later that the writer was Dr. Arnold. "That day I was expecting Hitler to call at my family's flat. But he did not arrive. "Was Hitler under arrest? Would he be deported? If so, it was all my fault. Worse still, it was the end of our affair. "My remorse became too much for me to bear and I resolved to end my life. I knotted a length of window cord round my neck, tied the other end to a door knob and threw myself on to the floor.
"I do not know how long I lay there, half strangled, but I was found by Anny. A doctor was called and later that night I regained consciousness. "Next day I was told what had happened when Hitler arrived in Berehtesgaden, He had gone to see Anny's husband, Gottfried Hehl, at his office and had told him, 1 am forced to part from Mimi. " 'Someone has written a letter about Mimi and me. Someone has done this to me and to the only girl I have ever loved. " 'Will you please explain to her? It is more than I can bear to see her again, knowing that I must say goodbye.' "Anny came into my room to talk to me. She said, 'Everyone has their first love. Now we must forget it all.' "I could never forget. But I agreed with Anny that I should go away to a domestic science school at Linz in Austria. "Several months later I met a quiet, young man, just twenty-one. He was called Kurt Woldrich and he was the son of an Innsbruck hotel owner. He courted me, and at last I said, 'Yes.' On May 10, 1930, we were married. "But even though three years had passed, my love affair with Hitler was yet to reach its climax." Hitler was furious when he learned that Mimi had married. The next year, he sent his deputy, Rudolf Hess, to see her at the hotel which she and her husband ran. "Herr
Hitler wants to know if your marriage is happy," Hess told her. Mimi told Hess, "My marriage was a great mistake, but now there is no turning back." She continued, "There was no mistaking the meaning of the words Hess was to speak: " "Herr Hitler is still in love with you. It was a great shock when he was told of the anonymous letter to the Party about his love for you. " 'If there is anything he can do'— Hess faltered as he spoke the words —'If you still love him more than anyone else, please telephone him. You mean so much to him.? "He wrote down a telephone number. "Next afternoon I walked out of the hotel—my home—and walked a mile into Seefeld. Four hours later I was in Munich. "At the railway station there I phoned Hitler's number. Hitler himself answered the phone. "'Wolf,' I said, 'it is Mimi.' Hitler did not reply for a moment. Then he said, 'My darling, I hope you will say what I am yearning to hear— that you love me still.' "With tears in my eyes, I whispered, 'I can't answer that over the telephone.' "Hitler replied, 'Take a taxi to my flat at once.' "At his flat in Prinz Regenten Platz, I walked into Hitler's arms. Soon he was clasping me tightly. I felt his heart beating, his breath warm upon my neck. "We walked towards his bedroom, Once we had been sweethearts. That night we became true lovers in every sense of the word. "It has been suggested that Hitler was incapable of making love. "I know that was not true, although I may have been the only woman he loved completely. "He set me up in my own flat in Munich, and he always saw to it that when we met in public it appeared that I was just one of his many friends." Events were moving fast towards Hitler's assumption of power in Germany. During these years, Mimi was the Fuehrer's lover. Mimi continues: "After Hitler became Chancellor of the Reich in 1933 he began to spend most of his time in Berlin. I saw him less and less. "Hitler had instructed Dr. Hans Frank, a lawyer later to be Governor of Poland and to be hanged at Nuremberg, to help me get a divorce from my husband. "When it came through I told Hitler, 'Wolf, if you still want me, I am now free to marry. Perhaps we could have children.' "Suddenly Hitler turned on me. " 'Children! Getting married!' he shouted. 'That's all you women think about " 'Don't you understand I can't marry anyone? Germany must be built up first. My private life comes second.' (Continued on next page)
"At last Hitler took me by the hands and said, 'Mimi, dear, time may alter things.' "It did not. From that moment I was troubled and unhappy, "Hitler was away more and more. Nearly two years passed, and I became aware of a handsome young officer named Georg Kubisch. "I often saw Georg in Munich. One day he asked me to go to the theater, I saw no harm in it, because he was young and kind and I was lonely. "But within weeks news of our meeting came to the ears of Hitler. One night, when I met him, he exploded, 'I hear that your name is being linked with one of my soldiers. What is the truth?' "I felt the time had come to tell Hitler that, if he could not marry me, our association must end. "Hitler listened patiently. Then he walked slowly to the window. "I could see he was sad as he looked at me and said, 'There is nothing I can do. I shall always dearly love you and hope often to see you.' "We talked for a while, then we parted. "Georg and I were married in
Munich on November 9, 1936.
"Georg Kubisch and I were very happy. I resolved to put Hitler out of my mind." Two years later Hitler called. Mimi says: "I invited Hitler into the house. At once he asked me the same question that Hess had asked years before, 'Mimi, are you happy ?' "This time I was able to answer: 'Yes, wonderfully happy.' "Our love affair was over, so we chatted about everyday things for about half an hour. Then Hitler left. "Next year came the war, and on June 20, 1940, my husband was killed
near Dunkirk, fighting the British. "To me came 100 red roses. With them was a note, signed 'Adolf Hitler'. "From time to time Hitler wrote to me. Notes like this, 'My darling Mimi you cannot think how hard I am working. But Germany will be victorious. Then, perhaps, we can together.' "But victory never came. "Hitler, in his last crazy hours married Eva Braun, but I know he did not love her. I—as he so often told me—was the only love of his life." * **
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