Henriëtte "Henny" von
“Hitler turned to me and asked in a friendly tone: You have just come back from Holland, have you not?" Henriette presumed on her long friendship with Hitler to describe what she had witnessed in Amsterdam: "I took a deep breath and answered: Yes, that is why I am here. I wanted to speak to you about some terrible things I saw; I cannot believe that you know about them. Helpless women were being rounded up and driven together to be sent off to a concentration camp and I think that they will never return."
"He looked at me aghast and at the same time surprised and said: We are at war. He very cautiously stood up. At that moment he screamed at me: You are sentimental, Frau von Schirach! You have to learn to hate! What have Jewish women in Holland got to do with you?"
"I walked out of the room and once in the vestibule I began to run. One of Hitler's adjutants came running after me. The Führer was furious. I was asked to leave the Obersalzberg immediately."
For speaking directly to the Fuhrer about the most forbidden subject in Germany, Henriette got away relatively unscathed - she and her husband were banished and never again appeared at another Nazi function. Others who spoke out, and not directly to Hitler, suffered much worse fates.
Baldur von Schirach, the model Aryan who oversaw the deportation of 180,000 Viennese Jews as Governor lost all influence with the party. He also began to plead for better treatment of the Jews. Henriette von Schirach was imprisoned, with her children in a women's camp, Rum near Insbrück on 24-12-1945, and later she was convicted of being an "Altparteigenossin" or “old party member.”
She was released in the spring of 1946. Baldur von Schirach was brought before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. He was one of two men to publicly denounce Hitler, the other was Albert Speer (see Speer). Von Schirach claimed he had no knowledge of the death camps. Baldur von Schirach got 20 years in prison after the Nuremberg processes and the couple divorced in 1950, because of another man in her life, but still tried to get Baldur free from prison, without result. Baldur von Schirach died, age 66, on 08-08-1974, lonely and desolated in Kröv. Henriette, age 77, died in Munich, on 18-01-1992 and she is buried in a family grave with her father on the Munich Nordfriedhof. Close by the graves of Hitler’s Secrtary Traudl Junge (see Junge), (Hans Junge) and Hitler’s favorite architect Paul Troost (see Troost) and his wife Gerdy (see Gerdy), Generaloberst Eduard Dietel (see Dietl), 1923 Putz victim Andres Bauriedl (see Bauriedl), Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven (see Freytag), General Herbert Fütterer (see Fütterer), General Rudolf Xylander (Xylander), Hitler's doctor Ludwig Stumpfegger (see Stumpfegger), Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven (see Freytag), Hitler's driver and founder of the SS, Emil Maurice (see Maurice), Bavarian 1923 Court President Gustav von Kahr (see Kahr) and former Hitler adjutant Max Wünsche (see Wünsche).