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Margot Woelk: ‘I was Hitler’s food taster, and I risked my life every day’

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BERLIN, GERMANY – 95 year-old Margot Woelk talked about how it was like to be Hitler’s food taster and risking her life every day. Margot tasted Hitler’s meals for over 2 years to make sure they were not poisoned, she was working at the Wolf’s Lair.

The woman was captured by the SS after evacuating Berlin, and she got given the task to taste food and make sure it wasn’t poisoned. Margot and other 15 women had this task, although there was a positive side of the job, whilst other Germans were short of food she got to eat fuit and vegetables and other fine dishes.

This is what Margot said about her experience:  ’We had no choice. Of course I was afraid. If it [the food] had been poisoned I would not be here today. We were forced to eat it, we had no choice.’ Then she explained how all the 15 women have to taste it and Hitler waited for a hour before eating food himself.

Then she added: ‘Between 11 and 12 o’clock, we had to taste the food, and only after all 15 of us had tried it was it driven to the headquarters by the SS. ‘It was all vegetarian, the most delicious fresh things, from asparagus to peppers and peas, served with rice, and salads. It was all arranged on one plate, just as it was served to him.’


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