Walter Wagner (notary)
Wagner was a lawyer, and a member of the Nazi Party. He was known to Joseph Goebbels, who had previously worked with him in Berlin. As the Allies approached Berlin he had been drafted into the army. When Hitler told Goebbels of his intention to marry, Goebbels had Wagner summoned to the bunker. When he arrived on 28 April he discovered that the proper paperwork was not available. Later that evening he had obtained the documentation and was able to perform the ceremony just after midnight. The event was witnessed by Goebbels and Martin Bormann. Immediately afterwards Wagner rejoined his unit. He was killed only a few days later during the Battle of Berlin.
The scene of Hitler's wedding is depicted in the films Hitler: The Last Ten Days, The Bunker and Der Untergang (Downfall), all of which portray Wagner, in accordance with Nazi law, asking Hitler and Braun to confirm that they were of pure "Aryan" descent before the marriage can proceed.
Portrayal in the media
Walter Wagner has been portrayed by the following actors in film and television productions.
- Georg-Michael Wagner in the 1971 Eastern Bloc co-production Liberation: The Last Assault.
- Andrew Sachs in the 1973 British film Hitler: The Last Ten Days.
- John Ringham in the 1973 British television production The Death of Adolf Hitler.
- Robert Austin in the 1981 United States television production The Bunker.
- Norbert Heckner in the 2004 German film Downfall (Der Untergang).
- Guardian report
- Beevor, Antony (2002). Berlin – The Downfall 1945, Viking-Penguin Books, p. 342. ISBN 978-0-670-03041-5
- "Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973) (TV)". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "Untergang, Der (2004)". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 8, 2008.