Hitler's food taster, Margot Woelk, 95, is speaking out about her years working for the Nazi leader. On Feb. 9, The Telegraph UK reported that Woelk -- who would check Hitler's food for poison by tasting it along with a group of about 12 other women -- admitted that Hitler was a dedicated vegetarian.
"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 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. There was no meat and I do not remember any fish," said Woelk.
Hitler's food taster says that she was always afraid that she would be poisoned but she is happy to have lived a long life and to be here today to talk about her former job. Her experience with Hitler is something that is fascinating to many. When her husband went off to fight in the Second World War, Woelk was sent to the "Wolf's Lair" -- Hitler's eastern front headquarters.
There has been some debate about Hitler's food preferences... according to Dione Lucas, his cook before the war, "he was a fan of stuffed pigeon and he was also known to be partial to Bavarian sausages and the occasional slice of ham" (via The Telegraph UK).
Hitler's food taster believed that her husband died in the war but she was reunited with him in 1946 and they spent the rest of their lives together. Her husband passed away in 1990.
© Effie Orfanides 2013