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Born in Munich, Eva Braun was the second daughter of school teacher Friedrich “Fritz” Braun and Franziska “Fanny” Kronberger, who both came from respectable Bavarian Catholic families. Her elder sister Ilse was born in 1909 and her younger sister Margarete “Gretl” was born in 1915. Braun was educated at a lyceum, then for one year at a business school in a convent where she had average grades and a talent for athletics. She worked for several months as a receptionist at a medical office, then at age 17 took a job as an office and lab assistant and photographer’s model for Heinrich Hoffmann, the official photographer for the Nazi Party.[ She met Hitler, 23 years her senior, at Hoffmann’s studio of Munich in October 1929.He had been introduced to her as “Herr Wolff” (a childhood nickname he used during the 1920s for security purposes). She described him to friends as a “gentleman of a certain age with a funny moustache, a light-coloured English overcoat, and carrying a big felt hat.” He appreciated her eye colour, which was said to be close to his mother’s. Her family was strongly against the relationship and little is known about it during the first two years.

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Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957)

Source: The online archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek