Thomasina Edwina Ware, daughter of Colonel Sir Edward Ware, meets Hitler as a one-month old baby at Carinhall in the Shorfeheide Forest outside Berlin and is instantly enchanted with the “nice man” who presents her with gifts. As she grows older and spends more time in his company and in the company of his National Socialist friends, she grows more and more fascinated with the smiling man who praises her to the skies. She never questions his motives. What child would?
Dora and Edward are appalled when they finally wrest the toddler away from the Dictator to learn that her first spoken word is “Opa”, meaning “grandfather” in German. The child is referring to HItler.