Eva's Cousin

Eva's Cousin

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This novel was based largely on the true story of Eva Braun's last few months of life before Germany's collapse at the end of WWII, and her and her lover's ultimate suicide. It is told through the eyes of her 13 years younger cousin who spent a few equally idyllic and stressful months in Hitler's mountain retreat in the Bavarian Alps. Eva's cousin never met Hitler, breaking her silence about her experiences during that time only in recent years. The story is less about Hitler than it is about the thin line love and obsession can draw between ignorance and complicity. I was transfixed while reading this novel. The contrast between the lives of semi-luxury these women lived in and what was going on in the constantly bombed cities below them was riveting. It is important to keep in mind how different things were in those times--how women of a certain station in life were often sheltered from the grim realities of the war, and so it is interesting to see how the cracks begin to show in the facade. It appears Eva Braun rarely spoke to her cousin about Hitler (and never about their, what would have been at the time, scandalous relationship) and on the rare occasions that she did speak of him, it was only in the vaguest of terms. Still, it was clear that she was both obsessed and despondent over him. She lived for his phone calls and fell into a deep melancholy when she would not hear from him for days or weeks at a time. The novel was written in somewhat stoic terms, and it was hard to get a handle on what Eva's cousin felt all those years--shame? guilt? remorse? A fascinating book that leaves you wanting to learn more about the elusive Eva Braun.