Eva was introduced to Hitler as a photographer and it’s not known for certain when the romance between them began, as in 1945, Hitler ordered to destroy all his personal documents, including letters and diaries.
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Presumably, they were together over a time span of around 15 years, almost all of which Hitler tried to hide in every way. Eva was forced to observe the expected subordination and enter his apartment only secretly and through the back door. Even people closest to Hitler didn’t fully understand what was going on between the two. It is believed that they became lovers in 1932 after she tried to commit suicide by shooting herself in the chest with her father’s gun. Then many were sure that she did it only to attract attention. And her desperate gamble worked: Hitler became much more attentive to her, but still made her keep their relationship a secret. All the mistress’ expenses – rumored to be exorbitant – came from Hitler’s own pocket.