Brunhilde Pomsel

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(1911 - 2017) was a former secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of the Nazi power apparatus. The only daughter among four children of strict Prussian parents, she became a stenographer for a Jewish lawyer and a typist for a right-wing nationalist. In 1933, she started working in the news department of the state radio station in Berlin. In 1942 she was transferred to the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, where she worked as Goebbels' secretary until the end of the war. After the fall of Berlin in 1945, she was imprisoned by the Russians until 1950. She returned to broadcasting, working for national broadcasters in West Germany until reaching retirement. She never married or had children and spent most of her life after World War II living in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011. The feature prompted a great deal of interest in one of the last surviving members of the Nazi leadership's inner circle, eventually leading to the production of the documentary on her life.