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The Harrowing Story of Hitler’s Food Taster

Margot Wölk shares her life as a safeguard for the Eagle’s Nest

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Margot Wölk(Bz-Berlin)

As we approach the season’s World War II anniversaries and remembrances, we’re still learning more from the strange marginalia of that era’s historical pages. One example is the story of Margot Wölk, one of Adolf Hitler’s last surviving food tasters, who recently spoke about her experiences.

Wölk may have eaten well during the war, but only because she was being fed food meant for Hitler that many thought could be poisoned.

Hitler’s thugs brought her and the other young women to barracks in nearby Krausendorf, where cooks prepared the food for the Wolf’s Lair in a two-story building. The service personnel filled platters with vegetables, sauces, noodle dishes and exotic fruits, placing them in a room with a large wooden table, where the food had to be tasted. “There was never meat because Hitler was a vegetarian,” Wölk recalls. “The food was good — very good. But we couldn’t enjoy it.”

This may be the least harrowing part of a story that also included her narrow escape as the Soviet Army invaded the Wolf’s Lair, her violation by both Nazi and Soviet soldiers, and her presumed dead husband, who eventually came back.

Hitler’s Food Taster: One Bite Away from Death [Spiegel]

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LeilaM12 says:

Why ON EARTH would you leave out the fact that she was chosen as food taster in order to punish her (-she would be the one to be poisoned-) for being against the Nazis and refusing to join the Nazi girl scouts and her father who was put in a camp (the article doesn’t mentioned whether he survived or not) for protesting the Nazis and INSTEAD write that she “might have eaten well”?!!??? WTF?

You also left out that she was the only foodtaster to survive cause the Russians shot the other foodtasters, although most were doing this as punishment.

If you go to the original piece in Der Spiegel (in English), you get an almost entirely different story. A few things that are omitted in your piece that really belong there: a) as noted below by LeilaM12, she was forced to do this job as a punishment; b) her father was put into a camp for opposing the Nazis; c) she had refused to join the League of German Girls (girls’ equivalent of Hitler Youth); d) she was raped by an SS officer (and later raped repeatedly by Soviet soldiers); and, e) she despised Hitler. The way you have excerpted the story, this reads like Wolk was some type of Food Channel groupie. It is irresponsible to report in this way. This woman was traumatized. Final insult is categorizing this poor woman’s story as “strange marginalia”.

Goaca Kan says:

Margot should not be trusted, story of father, husband, camp, all could be false, simple logic, History is always compiled with false facts, stories are compiled, told and re-told, written and spread. If she did not like Hitler, she should have poisoned him and sacrificed for her Husband, Father etc. She is alive and telling all false. Now she is hale and hearty by eating Vegetarian, fresh fruits, juices etc, look at her she is better than any one. Do you Want to Convince people that Hitler Eat Left Over of Mrs. Margot ?

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The Harrowing Story of Hitler’s Food Taster

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