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Pomsel, former secretary of Nazi propagandist, dies at 106

Pomsel, former secretary of Nazi propagandist, dies at 106

BERLIN — Brunhilde Pomsel, a former secretary of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, has died. She was 106.

Pomsel lived most of her life in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011, prompting a flurry of interest in one of the last surviving people who had access to the Nazi leadership’s inner circle.

Her death was confirmed Sunday to The Associated Press by Christian Kroenes, a director and producer of the film “A German Life.”

In the documentary, Pomsel talks about her three years working for the man responsible for spreading Adolf Hitler’s ideology in newspapers and across the airwaves.

She described Goebbels as a vain man, whose hate-filled public speeches were difficult to reconcile with what she said was his considerable charm when not in the spotlight.

Kroenes said Pomsel had been lucid when he last spoke to her on her birthday Jan. 11.

“What she recounted in the film is a warning to the current and future generations,” he said.

He says she died at her Munich home Friday. Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately known.

The Associated Press

Canadian Press

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