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The Munich Girl –

A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.

Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

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Eva Braun’s diary, courtesy The National Archives.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante–and a tyrant’s lover–Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged.

With Hannes’s help, she retraces the lives of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned 16 years (the length of time Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress), but never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.

EB pix Germany and more 610Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. One of those was the Resistance fighter that Anna’s mother loved, who was involved in a plot to kill Hitler.

As it draws her into the past, Anna’s journey leads her deep into long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her own heart.

It is the path that will help her understand the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

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