She refused interviews ever since the World War II ended, but now the 100 year old secretary of Adolf Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has finally broke the self-imposed silence.
Since the end of World War II, Brunhilde Pomsel has refused all requests for interviews and offers to publish her memoirs. But after five months of negotiations she has given a single interview to German newspaper Bild, in which she describes her four years as the chief secretary of the man closest to Hitler.
Pomsel was employed by Goebbels from 1942 until the end of the war in May 1945. But while his propaganda presented himself to the German people as a jovial fellow Nazi, she remembers him as a cold and distant monster.
"You couldn't get close to him. He never once asked me a personal question. Right up until the end I don't think he knew my name," Bild quoted Pomsel as saying.
Pomsel recalls how Goebbels ordered her and three junior secretaries on February 18, 1943, into the Sportspalast Stadium in Berlin. It was shortly after the defeat of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad, the turning point of the war from which there was no way back.
On this day Goebbels delivered his infamous 'Total War' speech to the German public, exhorting them to heights of frenzied sacrifice as he warned of a wave of vengeful, barbaric Russians bearing down on the Fatherland.
"This was a service order, we had to attend," she recalls. "Magda Goebbels sat directly behind me as he raged. The photos show the crowd going wild as he asked them if they wanted total war and springing to their feet to give the Hitler salute.
"I wasn't as jubiliant as them. I knew what was coming," she said.
It was only after the war that she learned Goebbels and his wife killed their six young children by breaking cyanide vials in their mouths. Goebbels then shot his wife before shooting himself.
Aides poured petrol on the corpses but the remains were only partially burned and found by the Red Army. "He got away lightly with suicide. He knew he would be condemned to death by the Allies.
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