Henriette von Schirach, the daughter of Hitler's
and personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, had known the Führer since
she was a child. In
her book Frauen Um Hitler Henriette tells happy memories about
her childhood and Hitler, who used to call her "my sunshine".
She was only nine when she met him.
"He gave himself great airs, with his dark leather coat, his whip and his Mercedes, whose driver waited for him in front of the door. After dinner Hitler - at that time he was still Herr Hitler to us - sat down at the piano and played some Wagner followed by some Verdi. Do you recognize the leitmotiv of La Forza del Destino? He addressed me as Du, for I was only seventeen and he was over forty. Then he took his leave and my father went with him."
joined the Nazi party in 1932 and in March that same year she married Baldur von
Schirach, a young and very prominent Nazi
official, Hitler Youth Leader and later Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter
of Vienna. The reception was held in Hitler's flat.
During all the years Henriette and her husband belonged to the inner circle
around Hitler and were frequent personal guests
of him, but in 1943 she brought about a definitive break - she pleaded for a moderate treatment of
the Jews ...