Walter Wagner (notary)

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Walter Wagner (1907 or 1908 – May 1945) was the notary who married Adolf Hitler to Eva Braun in the Führerbunker on 29 April 1945.

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.[1][2] The event was witnessed by Goebbels and Martin Bormann.[2] Immediately afterwards Wagner rejoined his unit. He was killed only a few days later during the Battle of Berlin.[1]

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[edit]

Walter Wagner has been portrayed by the following actors in film and television productions.


  1. ^ a b Guardian report
  2. ^ a b Beevor, Antony (2002). Berlin – The Downfall 1945, Viking-Penguin Books, p. 342. ISBN 978-0-670-03041-5
  3. ^ "Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)". Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Death of Adolf Hitler (1973) (TV)". Retrieved May 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Untergang, Der (2004)". Retrieved May 8, 2008.