A woman who served as Adolf Hitler’s food taster has claimed that the
Führer was a dedicated vegetarian.
Margot Woelk, 95, said that Hitler ate only the freshest fruit and
vegetables during the two and a half years that she was forced to
check his food for traces of poison.
During the Second World War, Mrs Woelk, a German citizen whose husband
had been sent to fight, was taken by the SS to Hitler’s Eastern Front
headquarters in modern-day Poland, known as the “Wolf’s Lair”.
There, she joined a team of a dozen other women whose job it was to
protect Hitler from any attempts to poison him.
She said: “Between 11 and 12 o’clock, we had to taste the food, and
only after all of us had tried it was it driven to the headquarters by
“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. There was no meat
and I do not remember any fish.
“Of course I was afraid. If it had been poisoned I would not be here
today. We were forced to eat it, we had no choice.”
Hitler’s apparent enthusiasm for vegetarianism reflected the Nazi
obsession with Aryan bodily purity.
A Hitler Youth manual from the 1930s promoted soya beans, which it
called “Nazi beans” as an alternative to meat.
In 1942, Hitler told Joseph Goebbels that he intended to convert
Germany to vegetarianism when he won the war.
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