Delightful contributions and correspondence from readers have, once again, helped me make new discoveries about The Munich Girl. Reader response remains one of the biggest gifts of all in sharing a book’s story with the world.
Big thanks to Heather Heather Krishnaswamy for: reading the book, writing with kind words to let me know — then taking it with her to Europe, and ALL the way to the top of a mountain and the Kehlstein Haus, high above Berchtesgaden, Germany, so that she could send this photo.
I’m personally rather fascinated with then-and-now photos — the historic ones I pored over during my research, and the ones that readers send me as their own travels follow parts of the book’s trail.
Reader Kathy Bailey left a comment recently that feels too thoughtful to let become buried in the obscurity of internet archives.
It’s a response to the question that never stops coming: “Why Eva Braun?” (Or, in the instance of one recent reviewer, “Why this woman?”)
[Observation entirely my own own: Are we willing to — will we — learn from history ourselves, when and as we find ourselves in similar circumstance?]
“Why Eva?” Kathy continues.
“Because through her, Phyllis explored the many complexities of love. Which is not one-size-fits-all.
Like her country, Eva Braun may not have recognized that the relationship was oppressive.
Or not until it was much too late.
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