"From 1929 on I saw him once a year until 1941. We met once in Munich, once in Berlin, and once in Vienna. I met him in Vienna after 1938. His rapid rise in the world worried me. I must honestly confess that I would have preferred it if he had followed his original ambition and become an architect. It would have saved the world a lot of worries .."
When Hitler rose to power in Germany and Europe, he made Paula change her name from Paula Hitler to Paula Wolff - Wolff was Adolf Hitler's nickname. She later told:
"The first time that my brother suggested my changing my name was at the Olympic Games in Garmisch. He wanted me to live under the name of Wolff, and maintain the strictest incognito. That was sufficient for me. From then on I kept this name. I added the Mrs. as I thought that less conspicuous."
Paula was dismissed from her job. Hitler decided to give her 250 Marks a
month, raising the figure to 500 Marks after the Annexation of Austria
into the German Reich, The Anschluss, in 1938. In addition
he gave her a present of 3000 Marks every Christmas and helped her buy a
villa. Occasionally she would visit him in the Obersalzberg but rarely
for more than two weeks.
"The personal fate of my brother affected me very much. He was still my brother, no matter what happened. His end brought unspeakable sorrow to me, as his sister .."
was released and returned to Vienna to work in an arts and crafts shop.
On December 1, 1952, she moved to a two-room flat near Berchtesgaden,
Hitler's mountaintop retreat on the German-Austrian border, where she
lived in seclusion under the last name of Wolf until her death on June