Last updated: 18 february, 2010 - 17:43 GMT

Eva Braun: Hitler's devoted partner

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun

The extent of their relationship was kept quite secret until after Hitler's death

Eva Braun

Eva Braun met Hitler while she was working in a Munich camera shop

For decades, the woman who was married to Adolf Hitler for a mere 40 hours before they committed suicide together was referred to as uninteresting and a dumb blonde.

However, a new book says Eva Braun was anything but passive and the book says historians have hugely underestimated her role in Hitler's life.

The author of Eva Braun: Life with Hitler is Heike Gortemaker.

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First broadcast 18 February 2010

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