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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Magda Goebbels and Daughter in Brazil? That's what a new book is about

- (From the Editor's YouTube Book Trailer) A lady that called herself a Countess and lived in misery in Foz do Iguaçu for over 30 years may be the answer to many hidden facts about the Nazis that fled Germany after World War II. L. Franco and C. Pererira (names withheld) two MDs that live in the city that houses Iguassu falls have written a book about the story (Watch book trailer). Their conclusion is that Countess von Kirschberg as she was known in town was on board a KLM’s plane that flew from Schiphol to Rio de Janeiro via Zurich, Lisbon, Dakar and Natal in 1947. According to the story told by the Countess, the plane landed in Rio de Janeiro. From there the Countess, her Mother called Nora Friz, her father were then flown to Campo Grande, also Brazil, en route to Asuncion Paraguay. The last leg of the trip was overland on a 13-hour stretch to Encarnación, Paraguay.

The family was connected to high rank Nazis and the doctors learned after four years of interviewing and one year of hands on caring for the aging countess that her name and title were both fake – just the creation of a ‘persona’ that she had to live throughout her post war life. After the countess’s father died, Countess Mother and Countess Daughter embarked on an 18-year long trip that ended up bringing them to Foz do Iguaçu in 1972. For years there has been suspicion that Mother and Daughter were in fact Eva Braun and a Hitler's daughter.

Gerald Paine an American that might also answer for another name and nationality spent years chasing them while he tried to convince authorities about the duo's identity. Local newspaper articles from the 80s have vented the possibility. "They were nearly right - Franco and Christiane say - they just were a little bit off the track". The child would-be countess was really Hitler's daughter but not with Eva Braun. Likewise, the woman that the spies chased was not Eva Braun. The doctors discovered that the lady was in fact Magda Goebbles.

Brazil’s Editora Schoba’s 4-book collection is now available (Portuguese) rich in details, drawings and facts that show how the family left Europe, what the plan was; how a fake identity and a fake family were created in order to escape persecution. The Mother Countess supposedly died in 1978 in an accidental fire in the family shack. The Daughter Countess died in 2006.

L.Franco is an ophthalmologist and also has a bachelor degree in journalism. C.Pereira is a Gynecologist and was the Countess's doctor in a public health post in the area the countess lived. In the last years of life the countess accepted to tell much of what she knew and also gave the doctors a trunkful of papers, documents and drawings. Even the countess's cat Mieze was delivered to the MDs for protection. 

Most of the book’s material came from home-made, bound drawing books and diaries kept by the daughter Countess; One of the drawings show the KLM airplane that flew them across the Atlantic to what could be a safe and quiet place in South America. Click here for Portuguese-language site.

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