Horrible Job of the Day: Hitler’s Food Taster
Well I may have finally found the worst job imaginable:
Margot Wölk was no Nazi, but she was one of 15 young women who were employed at Adolf Hitler’s heavily guarded Prussian “Wolf’s Lair” headquarters during the Second World War. Her job was to taste the Nazi leader’s food before it reached his lips, to make sure it wasn’t poisoned.
…“Some of the girls started to shed tears as they began eating because they were so afraid. We had to eat it all up. Then we had to wait an hour, and every time we were frightened that we were going to be ill. We used to cry like dogs because we were so glad to have survived.”
Margot Wölk, who’s 96 now, is the only food taster who survived. The job entailed having an SS officer pick the women up in a bus every day and drop them off in a school building where the tasting took place (“rice, noodles, peppers, peas and cauliflower”). They never saw Hitler.
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