Saturday, April 30, 2011

On Their Wedding Day

“ . . . on their wedding day, to signify something fine and grand.”

Magda Behrend Rietschel Quandt (who was illegitimate) and Joseph Goebbels, on their wedding day in 1931, with Adolf Hitler a member of the bridal party.

The wedding was held at the estate of Magda’s first husband, who had divorced Magda in 1929 on account of her numerous infidelities.

Magda’s son from that previous marriage, the ten-year-old Harald, accompanies the newlyweds.

Harald served in the Luftwaffe during the war. Miraculously, Harald survived the war, the only one of Magda’s offspring to do so.

Harald died in a plane crash in 1967. At the time of his death, Harald, a 46-year-old industrialist, was one of the wealthiest men in West Germany.

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