Brunhilde Pomsel was one of the last surviving members of the staff from the Nazi hierarchy
Brunhilde Pomsel was one of the last surviving members of staff from the Nazi hierarchy.
Her job brought her into close contact with one of the fiends responsible for the Holocaust in which six million Jews perished.
Ms Pomsel only spoke about her experience later in life and maintained she knew nothing of the Nazi regime's genocide programme.
The people who today say they would have done more for those poor, persecuted Jews… I really believe that they sincerely mean it
In a documentary last year she said she felt no guilt – "unless you end up blaming the entire German population."
As a teenager, Berlin-born Ms Pomsel worked as a writer for a Jewish insurance broker.
She later took a job with a right-wing writer.
She joined the Nazi party in 1933 and held a government job with German national radio.
In a documentary last year she said he felt no guilt
Her skill as a typist, she claimed, got her the job of Joseph Goebbels' secretary during the war when he was minister of "public enlightenment and propaganda".
She described her arrogant boss as "a good looking man … a bit short", who was always well-groomed.
But she said that during speeches he turned into a "raging dwarf … unrecognisable".
He was also "a very cold person", with no interest in the lives of his staff, she said.
Her skills as a typist got her the job of Joseph Goebbels' secretary
She doubted her evil boss even knew her name and described herself "simply a secretary" and claimed to know little of the Nazi's brutal actions during World War 2.
She said in an interview: "The people who today say they would have done more for those poor, persecuted Jews… I really believe that they sincerely mean it.
"But they wouldn't have done it either."
She claimed that she did not share in the blame for the actions of her superiors, adding: "I wouldn't see myself as being guilty – unless you end up blaming the entire German population for ultimately enabling that government to take control. That was all of us. Including me."
She doubted her evil boss even knew her name
She described living in Adolf Hitler's totalitarian state as like being "trapped in a vast concentration camp".
Ms Pomsel was captured by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two – and spent five years in detention camps, before rejoining German broadcasting in 1950, where she worked for the next 20 years.
In 2005, Ms Pomsel went to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, where she learned that a Jewish school friend, Eva Loewenthal, had been sent to Auschwitz in November 1943, and declared dead in 1945.
The former Nazi party member died in her sleep in Munich a few weeks after her 106th birthday.