The last survivor of 15 women forced to sample the German dictator’s meals for poisoning, Margot Woelk reveals in an exclusive interview the terror of risking her life every day for the Führer. The darkened train chugged slowly from a blacked out Berlin bearing secretary Margot Woelk eastwards to the sanctuary of her in-laws in the eastern Reich province of East Prussia. It was 1942 and Adolf Hitler’s forces were at the zenith of their power--still advancing in Russia and conquerors of western Europe. But Margot was forced to flee the Berlin of her birth to the house
Comments: How often do you get to type in a header like the above? Not only that, it´s a riveting story.
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Mass Minority, 2/25/2013 8:42:31 AM (No. 9194616)
A very interesting historical footnote. It´s amazing she survived, and amazing her husband survived a Russiona POW camp. Most did not.
As to Second rate corporal, Young Adolph won 6 Iron Cross´ in the first world war. He was badly wounded at Verdun but recovered. In all Hitler served at or near the front in France from 1914 through 1918, very few German men could claim that. Very few men of any nationality could claim to have survived four years on the Western front.
It was there that his radicalism was born, he apparently loved the war but hated the leadership, and most of his army companions who put surviving another day in front of the Fatherland. He considered the command structure too weak and the commitment to total victory too tenuous. Hecame out of the war bitter and determined to avenge the fatherland by destroying both the external (the Jews and the Allie) and Internal (the Kaiser, the Jews and any who had "betrayed" Germany during the war).
He managed to accomplish an awful lot for a "second rate" corporal. We underestimate our opponents at our own dire risk.
Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary´s most infamous son, the late Adolf Schicklgruber, had "good reasons" for employing Frau Woelk as a full-time "food taster" on his personal staff...There were forty-two documented attempts on his life while in the service of Deutschland´s "exalted" Fuhrer.
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