EDITOR'S NOTE:  In 1945 Goebbels and his wife not only killed themselves but also killed their six children rather than allow them to fall into the hands of their enemies.   Harald Quandt was his stepson, a child of his wife's former marriage to a German industrialist.    Here in these letters to Harald they express absolute confidence in their belief that they are passing from one world to the next.   This letter to Harald is the last letter Goebbels wrote.

Goebbels exact religious views are not clear.  However, here we see a firm belief in God and reincarnation.


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Letter from Dr. Joseph Goebbels to Harald Quandt 

The Führerbunker on April 28, 1945. 

Dear Harald, 

We are locked down in the Führerbunker at the Reichschancellory, and we are fighting for our lives and honor. 

How will this fight end, god only knows, But I know it will end for us with honor and glory, dead or alive.  I do not think we will see each other again.  These will be the last words you will receive from me. I hope, if you come out alive from this war, that you will honor both your mother and I, as is not necessary for us to survive to influence our people. 

You will be the only one left to carry on with our family traditions. Always act in a way that does not shame us.  Germany will survive this war, but only if our people has examples to guide them. and this is the example that we want to give.

You can be proud to have a mother like you have now.  Last night the Führer gave her the golden party pin he has carried for years on his jacket, and I think she deserves it.

In the future, you will have only one mission: to be worthy of the great sacrifice we are willing to make. I know you will.

Don't let the noise that the world is about to start disorientate you. One day, the lies will fall under their own weight, and truth will triumph over them.  The hour will come in which we will be above all, clean and without guilt, like our faith and task were. 

Goodbye dear Harald!! If we meet again, it depends on god.  If it is not to be, I will always be proud of having belonged to a family, that, even in adversity, and up to the last moment, has been faithful to the Führer and his pure and holy cause. 

My best wishes and dearest greetings.


Letter from Magda Goebbels to Harald Quandt 

The Führerbunker on April 28, 1945

My beloved son!

By now we have been in the Führerbunker for six days already — daddy, your six little siblings and I, for the sake of giving our national socialistic lives the only possible honorable end.

You shall know that I stayed here against daddy's will, and that even on last Sunday the Führer wanted to help me to get out. You know your mother — we have the same blood, for me there was no wavering.

Our glorious idea is ruined and with it everything beautiful and marvelous that I have known in my life.  The world that comes after the Führer and national socialism is not any longer worth living in and therefore I took the children with me, for they are too good for the life that would follow, and a merciful God will understand me when I will give them salvation (death).

You will live and I ask only one thing form you, that you never ever forget you are a German, never do against your honor, and through your life, see that our deaths won't be in vain.

The children are wonderful ... there never is a word of complaint nor crying. The explosions above are shaking the bunker. The elder kids cover the younger ones, their presence is a blessing and they are making the Führer smile once in a while.

Last night, the Führer took off his golden party pin and pinned it to me. I am proud and happy.

May God help that I have the strength to perform the last and hardest task (killing herself and her children).   We only have one goal left: loyalty to the Führer even in death and to be able to end our lives with him is an honor.

Harald, my dear son — I want to give you what I learned in life: Be loyal! Loyal to yourself, loyal to the German people and loyal to your fatherland ... Be proud of us and try to keep us in dear memory ...

(Second page)  It is difficult to start a new page, who knows if I can fill it, I would like to give you so much love and strength, and take away all the pain for our loss. Be proud of us and try to remember us with pride and happiness.

We all have to die.  Isn't it more beautiful to live less, but with honor and dignity than to have a long life in shameful conditions? 

I must finish, Hanna Reitsch is taking this letter, she is leaving again, I embrace you with my most sweet, deep and maternal love. 

My dear son, live for Germany! 

Your Mother