I’m in the middle of research for my second novel in the Vampyre series, Vampyre Secret Kingdom. As I was pondering some character traits for the female vampire that appears early in the novel, I stumbled upon Magda Goebbels.
Magda Goebbels was married to Adolph Hitler’s propaganda minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels was a small man and had a club foot. She was a favorite of the Hitler, who had vowed never to marry because he was devoted to Germany. Thus, Magda became ‘the First Lady of the Third Reich.’
Magda’s mother was unmarried and worked as a maid. She was adopted by her stepfather, a Jewish merchant. (Some sources say that Magda’s father was this Jewish man. In 1943, Joseph Goebbels notes in his diary that a passage about his wife that has ‘shocked’ the family.)
Magda married a German industrialist, Gunther Quandt, and had a son, Harald. They divorced.
Magda marries Joseph Goebbels. Adolph Hitler is Goebbels’ best man. The couple have six children – five girls and one boy.
As a young lady, she became close to a young Jewish man and wore the Star of David.
(The Zionist leader, who wanted a Jewish nation established – Israel – was later murdered. Many suspect Joseph Goebbels was behind the murder, jealous of the affair between his wife and the young Jewish man.) During the war, Magda’s stepfather is sent to the concentration camp and dies there.
Joseph has affairs with German movie stars, and Magda goes to Hitler for a divorce. Hitler intervenes. He does not wish a scandal.
During the final days of the war, the couple and their six children join Hitler in the bunker in Berlin. The Russian army was closing in. Defeat was inevitable. Adolph Hitler commits suicide April 30, 1945, but the night before, he gives Magda his Nazi Party golden pin. She breaks down in tears
The next day, Magda poisons her children. She and Joseph commit suicide.
(Note: Magda’s son, Harald, survived the war. The Quandt family is the wealthiest family in Germany due to their shares in the luxury auto company, BMW.)
Traits taken from this research:
- Males = money and power
- Appearances are to be kept up at all costs