"I was the secretary of Anne's murderer." So began a strange letter written in 1988 to Melissa Mueller after the publication of her best-selling "Anne Frank: The Biography" (Owl Books, 1999). The secretary was Traudl Junge, who served as one of Hitler's personal assistants from 1942 until his suicide in 1945. In the final days of the war, she took down his last will and testament before he shot himself in his Berlin bunker. Fearing retaliation, she refused to tell her story for the next 53 years. But now, remorseful and suffering from terminal breast cancer, she seemed ready to talk.
Mueller immediately called her friend, internationally renown multimedia artist Andre Heller, the son of a Holocaust survivor. "I was interested in how someone had changed from Hitler's assistant to an anti-fascist," Mueller told The Journal from his hometown of Vienna. "Was it believable or not?"