Ninety minutes of
an 81 year-old woman talking. Thatís
what this is. Sounds dreadful,
right? I say you wonít soon
spend a more fascinating 90 minutes.
became Hitlerís secretary in 1942 when she was 22 years old and continued
until his suicide in the bunker in April of 1945.
Apparently nobody was interested enough to talk to her until the turn
of the century when Andre Heller interviewed her on film in three separate
What is surprising
is Jungeís eloquence. She is
an intelligent, articulate, reflective woman who tells her story in an
interesting, compelling manner. Blind
Spot is a straight interview with no reverses or changing camera angles;
just one head and shoulder shot, occasionally moving in for a closer shot.
She just talks about her life with Hitler. What we get is a view of Hitler never before seen.
This isnít the raving maniac so often pictured in the movies.
Jungeís picture of him is quite different, and logical, about how
he lived his every day life and how he treated the people who worked for
recognize Hitler for the evildoer he was until much later, and she is
frankly troubled by her unquestioning acceptance of him.
She is a knowledgeable reporter of Hitlerís every day life, which
has been shrouded in a cloud of indifference.
Apparently nobody cared what he did every day and how he treated the
people around him. Maybe they
thought this too mundane considering that he was responsible for Stalingrad,
Dachau, a World War, and tens of millions dead.
But he did have to get up every morning, eat breakfast, go to the
office, and deal with people. The
way he approached the ordinary details of living is absorbing, and a subject
never before considered.
The last half of
Blind Spot covers Jungeís remembrances of the final days in the bunker in
April of 1945, and gives a view of those days from a non-ideologue who lived
through it, from a brand new perspective.
This is not your garden-variety story of the Third Reich.
Far from it. Itís the
story of how an historical monster lived his everyday life and interfaced
with the people around him, from secretaries to Generals to Eva Braun. I was
captivated. In German with
February 20, 2003