Himmler’s Cook by Franz-Olivier Giesbert

Himmler’s Cook by Franz-Olivier Giesbert

“History is a bitch. She has taken everything from me. My children. My parents. My great, true love. My cats. I don’t understand the stupid veneration that the human race feels for her.”

Aged 105, Rose has endured more than her fair share of hardships: the Armenian genocide, the Nazi regime, and the delirium of Maoism. Yet somehow, despite all the suffering, Rose never loses her joie de vivre. As she looks back over her long life—one of survival and, sometimes, one of retribution—she recalls those unique experiences that added such spice to her life, whether it was being a confidante to Hitler, a friend to Simone de Beauvoir or cooking for Heinrich Himmler.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Antisemitism
  • Child sexual slavery
  • Rape
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Cheating
  • Attempted abortion
  • Pregnancy from rape
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Genocide
  • World War Two & the Holocaust
  • Animal death