Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
During his tenure as Reich Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels was among the most outspoken of those who advocated the genocide of "inferior races." Hitler was the best man at his wedding.
There have been some truly heinous people that have lived throughout human history, and one that comes close to the top of that list is Joseph Goebbels, the man that worked closely with Adolf Hitler during the Nazi regime in Germany where Goebbels was second in command. When we think of people like Goebbels, we tend to not realize that they had their human moments like we all do. Because of that, seeing Goebbels in a setting where we’d find ourselves might seem odd at first glance, but he was indeed married for more than a decade toward the later part of his life.
Goebbels was married just once, though you’d probably expect him to be someone that had multiple wives. Goebbels was married to Johanna Maria Magdalena Ritschel, who was simply known as Magda. Although much is known about Goebbels himself, there aren’t many outside of Germany that know this history of Magda. Unlike Goebbels, Magda had been married before and had an extensive history leading up to her relationship with the German leader.
Of course, throughout his political career, Goebbels was known for being extremely anti semitic, which spurred the beginning of the Holocaust throughout Germany and other European countries. However, Magda might have been Jewish herself. She was born on November 11, 1901 in Berlin, Germany and there has debate on who her real father was. Some had said that her real father was Oskar Ritschel, while others have noted that it might have been Richard Friedlander, a Jewish man that married Magda’s mother a few years after she was born and her parents had divorced.
Though she was born in Berlin, Magda spent much of her childhood living in Brussels, Belgium following that divorce. Magda saw much of the effect of World War I as it stormed through Europe, which caused her to return to her birth nation. When she was just 19 years old, Magda had met a man in his late 30s named Gunther Quandt. The two started a relationship and were married in early 1921, having a child later in the year that would be their only one together. When Quandt paid more attention to work than his home life, Magda grew weary of the relationship and they split up by the end of the decade.
Right around the same time, Magda had started to lend her support to the Nazi party that had been gaining power in Germany during the late 1920s. When the 1930s started, Goebbels had become a big name within the rankings of the party. Magda had met Goebbels at a meeting for the Nazis, officially signing on as a member after becoming smitten with the politician. Even Hitler was reported to have been interested in Magda, which caused a bit of a rift between the triangle when Magda and Goebbels started their relationship.
With Hitler declaring that he wouldn’t be married while he was in power, Magda’s entire attention had turned to Goebbels, with some saying that a wedding between the two would mainly be for political reasons, giving the Nazi party a female face toward the top of the rankings. This made Magda a big name in Germany as she and Goebbels were married in the final days of 1931. The Goebbels family and Hitler were very close during this time as their influence in Germany continued to grow.
Goebbels and Magda wasted little time starting a family together, having their first child in 1932. Over the course of the next eight years, the couple added five more children. One interesting trademark that all of the children shared was the fact that their names started with the letter ‘H.’ Despite having so many children together, though, things weren’t always going swimmingly in the Goebbels household. It was reported that Goebbels had cheated on Magda several times during their marriage, with her returning the favor. The couple stayed together for appearances for the most part, as Hitler didn’t want to ruin the image of the Third Reich.
By the end of the 1930s, World War II had begun throughout Europe with Germany leading the charge, which weighed heavily on Magda. Multiple times throughout the war she had become severely ill. It wasn’t any illness that ended her marriage or her life, as things came to an end as World War II was also nearing an end in Europe. With the Allied forces closing in on Berlin and the Nazi higher ups, their time in charge was coming to an close. In April of 1945, the Goebbels family and Hitler (along with Eva Braun) retreated into a large bunker with Hitler saying that nobody was to leave and that they would die in that bunker.
On the final day of that month, Hitler and Braun took their own lives, which left Goebbels in charge of Germany and Magda as the First Lady. This time was very brief, as the entire family met their demise the following day, including the six children. Before executing their own end plan, Joseph and Magda Goebbels enlisted the help of a doctor to administer morphine to all of their children. With all of them unconscious, Magda and another doctor had poisoned each child orally, killing them in their sleep.
Witnesses say that the event was very traumatizing for Magda, which shouldn’t come as a surprise even if she sat idly by while her husband led the charge on some of the worst atrocities mankind has seen. Once her children had passed away, both Magda and Joseph retreated to a garden where they took their own lives with conflicting reports about how exactly they did that. Either way, the instructions that then followed said that both Goebbels had their corpses burned so that Allied forces wouldn’t find them, but they weren’t burned completely as Allied troops discovered the bodies of everyone in the family.
With that, one of the most ruthless and deadly regimes in history had fallen, marking the conclusion to the end of battling in Europe during World War II. Naturally, history doesn’t look back on Joseph and Magda Goebbels too fondly after all the Nazis had done while in power. While we might not ever know what Magda’s true personal feelings were about the Third Reich, it’s clear that she did have a role, and won’t be forgotten by anyone in Germany for a very, very long time.