Hitler’s secretary’s wife: She believed in polygamy in the name of racial purity

Take care of the household and have children. Endure the contemptuous or violent behavior of her husband. And also her many mistresses, who don’t even try to hide from her. She is slim, tall and classically beautiful, he is smaller, sturdy and stocky. When the fragile and charming wife of Hitler’s personal secretary Martina Bormanna appear exceptionally in society, he prefers to remain silently on the sidelines. What pain hides behind the walls of her husband’s house?

This is how he perceives Gerda Borman most of those who occasionally see her at Hitler’s dinner parties. But he is deeply mistaken! Gerda is happy with her husband and loves him very much. Just like he did. And that she has mistresses who do not hide from her? Why would he do that? After all, his wife is a great promoter of polygamy and sends beauties straight to bed. It is, after all, the duty of “racially pure” German men to have children. But when things go so desperately slow with one woman…

Nazi Beauty and the Beast

Gerdin’s father Walter Buch he occupies a high position in the Nazi hierarchy. President Commission of Inquiry and Conciliation of the NSDAP. His job is to settle disputes within the party. This mission would later earn him the hostility of many influential personalities, including his own son-in-law. However, by the late 1920s he was one of Hitler’s major henchmen. Many suspected Bormann of looking for his daughter to get closer to the “leader”. However, the opposite was true. Gerda looked for him.

She was nineteen when, at the turn of 1928 and 1929, she, her parents, and her siblings attended a party rally at the Krone Circus to listen to Hitler’s speech. Here, for the first time, he sees Martin Bormann, nine years his senior, a rather insignificant Nazi functionary. At that time he kept a cash register, which paid an annuity to injured SA fighters. He was full of charm with Hitler, which impressed Gerda.

However, Bormanna leaves her shy and amorous gaze completely cold. Gerda has only to ask her father to invite the young man to lunch. The father is not at all enthusiastic about the choice of his daughter. Bormann does not have a good reputation. He is rude and ruthless and is also famous for his many love affairs. But the invitation will come and even repeats itself regularly. The marriage was celebrated in September 1929 and was attended by Hitler himself. Seven months later, the Bormanns have their first son Adolf Martin, named in honor of Hitler, who assumes the role of godfather. Gerda will give birth to her husband a total of ten children, nine of whom will live until the end of the war.

While Mrs. Bormann takes care of the household and her descendants, Bormann spends as much time as possible at party headquarters so as not to miss the opportunity for promotion. When he is at home and exceptionally invites guests, they reproach him for the rude treatment he has reserved for his wife. One of them notes: “A girl, similar in appearance and of a gentle, restrained and noble nature, is related to one of the most brutal of men, who delights in humiliating his wife in front of strangers and treating her like a subordinate.” However, according to Gerda’s admiring letters, admiring her husband was her voluntary lifelong mission. And we also know from correspondence that Bormann was very fond of his wife. Although he acted in public as a bully and usurper who treated his wife worse than a maid when Gerda fell ill, he wrote: “If only I could be with you and take care of you – bring you a drink, change your bathrobe in time so you don’t get cold, give you compresses, wrap you in love so that you can only heal. “

One woman is not enough

Bormann does not hide his extramarital affairs, which arouses indignation, especially among the virtuous mistresses of the Nazi leaders. Plus: he doesn’t even try to hide his affair from his own wife! But Ms. Bormann has completely unconventional views. She gets along well with her husband’s longtime mistress. She is a theater actress Manja Behrens. In the mid-1930s, she acted in two films and became a popular star.

Bormann informed his wife in detail about the course of this relationship from the very beginning, as we know from their correspondence: “You know there was no relationship between me and Mr for a long time, I just found her attractive – when I met her again last October I was very happy. You don’t can’t imagine how happy I was. I was extremely drawn to it. Despite her reluctance, I kissed her – I fell madly in love with her and then arranged to see her often, and despite her resistance, I seduced her. You know the strength of my will, she couldn’t fight for long. Now he belongs to me and I, the lucky one, feel doubly and incredibly happy in marriage. That do you think, darling, of your crazy husband? You can’t imagine how happy I am with you two, darling.”

Gerda also seemed satisfied. This concept corresponded exactly to his idea of ​​marriage. According to her, monogamy has no place in the Nazi world and promotes the introduction of polygamy. He writes about Manja to her husband: “M. is so nice to me that I could never be angry. Even all the children love her very much. She is also a much better governess than me. The last time she was in Pullach she told me helped pack the whole white china set. Not a single piece broke in transit!”

In another letter, Martin Bormann says to his wife: “Dear little girl! I just spoke to Mr. She asked if you had arrived safely and pointed out that he missed her terribly. I told her that she was a sweet, beloved kitten and that she should return to Obersalzberg soon. If she stayed longer, I would come back.”

This concept of marriage is suitable for Gerda due to the procreation of children as quickly as possible. As he writes in one of the letters: “You only need to ensure that M. has a child in one year and I in the next year, to still have a woman full of life by your side. Then we will gather all the children of the house in Schluchsee and we will live together. And a woman who does not have a baby can always be with you in Obersalzberg or Berlin.”

Gerda goes even further. He wonders how to introduce this system of polygamy throughout the war throughout the empire. She calls it “a marriage that serves the needs of the nation.” According to her, every man should have the right to more marriages, just as every woman should have the right to her own home. The husband should come to see her every two weeks. However, the goal of this concept is to have children, not untied sexual relations! Its model is polygamy in Islam. She rejects discrimination against single mothers and illegitimate children. He also wants to completely ban the concept of marital infidelity. However, it is enough to put your ideas into practice only in your own life. The rest is “thwarted” by a lost war.

Post-war fate

After the war, Gerda changed her name to Bergman he fled with his children to northern Italy, where he handed over his fate to the American army. However, her stomach cancer is growing rapidly. She has no information about her husband’s end, like most people. Gerda died on March 23, 1946 at the age of thirty-seven. Her children are entrusted to a Catholic priest who accompanied her during the last weeks of her life. Educates is a host family in South Tyrol.

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Nazi hunters are constantly looking for Martin Bormann. It was not until 1972 that remains were found in Berlin, the identity of which was later confirmed by genetic testing. It turned out that he committed suicide on May 2, 1945. He planned a similar escape from the world for his large family, as did Joseph Goebbels. However, he no longer had enough to say to his wife. And Manja? He would live a respectable eighty-eight years and until almost his death he performed very successfully in the theater.

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