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Constanze Manziarly (April 14, 1920 – disappeared ca. May 2, 1945) served as a cook/dietitian to Adolf Hitler.

Manziarly was born in Innsbruck, Austria. She began working for Hitler from his 1943 stays at the Berghof until his final days in the Führerbunker in Berlin in 1945.

Together with Gerda Christian and Traudl Junge, Manziarly was personally requested to leave the bunker by Hitler himself on April 22.[1]

Manziarly left the Führerbunker on May 1. Her group was led by SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke, and awkwardly made its way north to a German army hold-out on the Prinzenallee, and included Dr. Ernst-Günther Schenck and the female secretaries, Gerda Christian, Else Krüger, and Traudl Junge.

Despite claims that she took a cyanide capsule to kill herself on May 2, the day after the majority of Führerbunker staff abandoned the stronghold to avoid impending Soviet capture, Junge recounts Manziarly leaving with her group two days earlier, "dressed too much like a soldier". In 1989, Junge recalled the last time Manziarly was seen was when the group of four women tasked with delivering a report to Karl Dönitz split up, and Manziarly tried to blend in with a group of local women.[1] In her 2002 autobiography Until the Final Hour, Junge alluded to seeing Manziarly, "the ideal image of Russian femininity, well built and plump-cheeked", being taken into a U-Bahn subway tunnel by two Soviet soldiers, reassuring the group that "[T]hey want to see my papers." She was never seen again.[2]

Portrayal in the media

Constanze Manziarly has been portrayed by the following actresses in film and television productions:

References

  1. ^ a b Junge, Traudl. Voices from the Bunker, 1989.
  2. ^ Junge, Traudl (2004). Until the Final Hour, Hitler's Last Secretary. pp. page 219. ISBN 1559707283. http://books.google.com/books?id=ie1FsnzQkfUC&pg=PA219&dq=Constanze+Manziarly+just+want+to+see+my+papers.  
  3. ^ Hitler: The Last Ten Days at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ The Death of Adolf Hitler at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Der Untergang at the Internet Movie Database







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