The Women Who Flew for Hitler
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Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were brilliant pilots with a strong sense of honour and duty. Both fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight and, come the war, both became pioneering test-pilots, awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. Yet they ended their lives on opposite sides of history.
Hanna was middle-class and distinctly Aryan, while Melitta, from an aristocratic Prussian family, was part-Jewish, and while Hanna tried to save Hitler’s life in April 1945, Melitta covertly – and courageously – supported the most famous assassination attempt on the Führer.
In this talk, acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two most distinctive and unconventional women, telling the full – and as yet largely unknown – story of their strangely parallel lives against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler’s bunker.
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