Junge, Traudl

SECRETARY (GERMANY)
BORN 16 Mar 1920, München - DIED 10 Feb 2002, München
REAL NAME Humps, Gertraud
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Nordfriedhof, Ungererstrasse 130 (028)

Daughter of a brewer in Munich. In 1942 she became one the secretaries of Adolf Hitler and she worked at his headquarters in Rastenburg, East Prussia. In 1943 she married one of his assistants, Hans Junge, who died a year leater in Normandy.

Junge was present in the Führerbunker in Berlin when he married Eva Braun and she typed out Hitler's testament before he committed suicide. She was caught by the Russians, but they let her go because she was young an unimportant. She left for her family at Ammersee in April 1946. There she was held by the Americans for a few weeks as well.

Afterward the war she worked as a secretary and as a scientifical journalist. She visited Australia several times but her application for permanent residency was refused. Not long before her death of cancer she published "Bis zur letzten Stunde" ("Until the Last Hour"), based on notes that she made during the war. She claimed that she didn't know about the Holocaust until after the war and that Hitler hardly ever used the word Jew. But she did say that she felt guilt ever after she saw a plaque for Sophie Scholl in Munich.

She died a few hours after a documentary about her life was shown at the movie festival in Berlin. In 2004 the very succesful movie "Der Untergang" was mainly based upon her story.

Sources
404 | Guardian News & Media

Images

The grave of Traudl Junge at the Nordfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2003)

 

The grave of Traudl Junge at the Nordfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2003)

 


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Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 20 Nov 2015