She Actually Tore It Up

The final letter Eva Braun wrote in her lifetime was a letter to her sister, Gretl. She gave it to Germany’s most famous test pilot, Hanna Reitsch, who had flown a small plane into Berlin in the last few days and had landed on the street in front of the Reich’s Chancellery.

Unbelievably, after Hanna flew out of Berlin and got safely away, she opened the letter, read it, then, incredibly, tore it up.

So vulgar, so theatrical, and in such poor adolescent taste.

(Source: The Sky My Kingdom: Memoirs of the Famous German World War II Test Pilot by Hanna Reitsch)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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