She was in the Führerbunker during the Battle of Berlin. Krüger was with Eva Braun, Gerda Christian, Traudl Junge, and Constanze Manziarly when German dictator Adolf Hitler told them that they must prepare to leave for the Berghof like the others However, she volunteered to remain with Hitler in the Berlin Führerbunker.
She was there when Braun indicated that she would never leave Hitler"s side and they embraced.
In a gesture of kindness, Hitler gave each of the women a cyanide capsule. Then on the afternoon of 30 April 1945, Hitler and Braun committed suicide.
Thereafter, Krüger left the Führerbunker on 1 May 1945 in a group led by Waffen-Steamship Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke. On the morning of 2 May, the group was captured by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army while hiding in a cellar at the Schultheiss-Patzenhofer Brewery on Prinzenallee.
After the war Krüger was interrogated by the British.
She lived under the name Else James in Wallasey. Although Rochus Misch upon his death in September 2013 is believed to have been the last living occupant of the Führerbunker, no evidence of Krüger’s death has been found, meaning that she may yet be able to lay claim to that statistic. Bibliography
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The Bunker. New York: Da Capo Press.