Book Review: “The untold story of Eva Braun – her life beyond Hitler”

The author, Thomas Lundmark, is a lawyer and distinguished academic. He gained a JD from Berkeley in California and has a Ph.D from the University of Bonn. He is currently Professor of  Law at the University of Munster in Germany.

Prof. Lund’s new book on Eva Braun is an impressive and scholarly excursion from his works on law topics. It is result of  over 15 years of research which involved him interviewing witnesses in Germany, Austria, Spain, and England, visiting archives in Germany and the United States and basically turning over every stone that might hide a clue to the mystery woman who had lived in Hitler’s shadow. His book: ‘The Untold Story of Eva Braun: Her Life Beyond Hitler‘  is, as such, a scholarly, insightful and important contribution to the curious life  of  the woman who was Adolf Hitler’s companion.

Recent Hitler Revelations

The latest Hitler ‘revelations’ concerns Life Magazine‘s purchase of numerous photographs taken by Eva Braun. However, it turns out that these have been available at the US National Archives since 1947.  So however unique a finding they claim to be, all that Life Magazine had to do was to search the internet to find them. In contrast, the photograph in this new biography of Eva Braun is the real thing. It depicts 16-year-old Eva Braun in a class photo at the convent school she attended in Simbach am Inn. The photograph is reproduced inside both the print and Kindle versions of the book.

The Book’s Readability

Basically, when reading the book, you get a feeling that everything explained in the biography of Eva Braun, not just the photograph, has a distinct ring of authenticity. An important factor in that regard is the impressive credentials of the author who is a law professor at a distinguished German university.

What Prof. Lund has found will require the world to reassess the life of Eva Braun. For starters, she was the product of a broken home: her parents divorced when she was seven years old. She suffered from frequent bouts of depression and tried to commit suicide at least three times, once successfully. Most startling of all, she suffered from a birth defect that afflicts one in every 4,000 to 5,000 women worldwide: the absence of a uterus and functioning vagina. Due to this unfortunate condition, known in the medical world as Mayer-Rokitansky Syndrome or MRKH, Eva Braun could not have children.

Hard-core historians might not like the fact that the book is written in narrative form. However, in the foreword the author promises that he will shortly be releasing his exhaustive biography with enough footnotes – over 2,000 – to please any academic.  The rest of us should be happy that the author published a highly readable version that enables us to form our own opinions of Eva Braun and of the events leading up to the WWII and the Holocaust.

The book, The Untold Story of Eva Braun: Her Life beyond Hitler, is available through, or in a downloadable Kindle version at and

[Dr. Edward Lestrade, Book Review Contributing Editor]


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