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Fussy eater Adolf Hitler ordered mushrooms instead of meat and survived on millet, linseed oil and cake in his Berlin bunker, new letters from his personal cook revealed today.

Axar.az informs citing Mirror that Constanze Manziarly - nicknamed Miss Marzipani by the SS - cooked his last meal of pasta and tomato sauce hours before he killed himself.

But little was known about her relationship with the monster - until now.

Stefan Dietrich, a researcher in Manziarly’s hometown of Innsbruck, Austria, uncovered letters to her aged sister which she sent way back in 1944.

They paint a portrait of a frightened, stressed servant who spoke of the immense burden catering for every whim and nutritional need of the Fuhrer.

The letters speak of a “demoralised” Hitler who left her “feeling that I have one foot in the grave”.

“I am not exaggerating,” she confided in her sister. “I encounter unimaginable difficulties that I cannot report.”

Originally a housekeeping expert, she ended up in Berchtesgaden - the town where Hitler had his lavish mountain home - studying raw vegetarian food preparation.

The same clinic supplied Hitler with his ‘faddish’ meals when he was in residence. Soon Frau Manziarly was preparing the food and transporting it up the Kehlstein Mountain to present to Hitler.

“I have to stay as long as he is there,” she wrote in April 1944. “It is my cast-iron duty. But what makes me so worn out is the immense burden of responsibility I must bear with it.”

Hitler, who had renounced meat in the 1930s, was enthusiastic about her.

“I have a cook with a Mozart name!” - referring to Constanze, wife of one of his favourite composers.

Dietrich, author of an essay on Manziarly for the town archive in Innsbruck, said: “It was probably not unlike that scene in The Godfather -Hitler probably made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.”

In another letter she told her sister that “all resistance” to Hitler “is futile and would probably end up with me being in court.”

There were no “culinary challenges” for the dictator. Hitler preferred to eat millet or quark with linseed oil. As a meat substitute he was fond of plates of chopped mushrooms, she wrote.

Frau Manziarly said that since the beginning of WW2 Hitler only ever ate two grated apples for dessert. “The Fuhrer ate well,” she wrote on one menu after a Berghof dinner.

He would “lose control” and devour her cakes in late night meetings with his generals. “I bake a lot every day, often for hours, but in the evening everything is always gone,” she told her sister.

Hitler tried to show his affection for her by presenting her with “mouse grey thick stockings”.

But she wrote to her sister: “The boss does not know much about ladies’ fashion.” From Oct 1944 onwards Frau Manziarly employed a code in the letters to disguise names and places.

Hitler was referred to as the “chief doctor,” the Berghof the “resort” and the Reich Chancellery in Berlin - in the bunker of which he would died in April 1945 - was the “recreational home.”

On the evening of April 30, 1945, she cooked a last supper for Hitler -fried eggs with mashed potatoes, not knowing that he was already dead by his own hand.

Two days after the suicide she fled the bunker with Hitler secretary Traudl Junge in a group led by SS-Brigade leader Wilhelm Mohnke.

Junge reported seeing her captured by two Red Army soldiers and led into an underground station. She was never seen again.

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2017.11.24 / 09:36
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