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Hitler

Adolf Hitler

After visited Winston Churchill home and writing a blog on the Iconic photograph of  Winston Churchill I decided to delve into the photographs taken of Hitler. I know many people might not like the content of this particular post, yet, are all the photographs of Hitler taken for propaganda stunts?

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th 1889 in Braunau-am-Inn, Austria. The town is near to the Austro-German border, and his father, Alois, worked as a customs officer on the border crossing. Hitler’s mother, Klara, had previously given birth to two other children by Alois, (Gustav and Ida) but they both died in their infancy.  Adolf attended school from the age of six and the family lived in various villages around the town of Linz, east of Braunau. By this time Adolf had a younger brother, Edmund, but he only lived until the age of six. In 1896, Klara gave birth to Adolf ‘s sister, Paula, who survived to outlive him.

Adolf Hitler grew up with a poor record at school and left, before completing his tuition, with an ambition to become an artist. Alois Hitler had died when Adolf was thirteen and Klara brought up Adolf and Paula on her own. Between the ages of sixteen and nineteen, young Adolf neither worked to earn his keep, nor formally studied, but had gained an interest in politics and history. During this time he unsuccessfully applied for admission to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

The Photograph below is of Hitler and Joseph Goebbels (Propaganda minister) daughter Helga Goebbles, we can view the photograph as a Propaganda stunt, Hitler the caring Nazi.

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Hitler and Joseph Goebbels

Hitler looks like he is being lead by Helga Goebbels (from Sieh: Das Herz Europas (Berlin, 1937) and looks very uncomfortable.

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In the photo below, Hitler is with “Prinz” his Alsatian dog, the photo was taken by Heinrich Hoffman in Munich in 1925. The original photo belong to Rudolf Herz Collection in Munich. The complete set of photo are in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich.

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A typical Hoffmann photograph showing strength of character of Hitler

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The German artist Franz Triebsch painted Hitler

Franz Triebsch Hitler

Franz Triebsch Hitler

Below is a formal portrait of Hitler, rather than Hitler the ‘Fuhrer.

Formal shot of Hitler 1922

Formal shot of Hitler 1922

This full-length portrait had semi-official status and was frequently hung in government offices and public buildings

Hitler the leader

Hitler the leader

The painting below was painted by Heinrich Knirr in 1937

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Hitler At The Front by: Emil Scheibe 1942. During the war, Nazi propagandists embellished the “Hitler Cult” by transforming the German chancellor into a supreme and infallible warlord who would guide the nation to final victory.

A painting of Hitler entitled 'At The Front' artist Emil Scheibe

A painting of Hitler entitled ‘At The Front’ artist Emil Scheibe

One of the popular period postcards (this card is from the collection of Ramon Boronda), showing Hitler as “Der Bannerträger” (“The Standard Bearer”). The original painting by Hubert Lanzinger was displayed in the Haus der Deutschen Kunst in 1938. This painting was recovered by US authorities in 1945, and is now stored among the US Army collection of captured Nazi artworks.

According to his valet Heinz Linge, Hitler did not like this portrayal of himself (Linge said Hitler could not imagine himself on horseback).

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Period Postcard of Hitler

Even Hitler was on the cover of Life magazine

Life Magazine front cover

Life Magazine front cover

From the front page of an Illustrierter Beobachter 10 November 1938

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Front page of Illustrierter Beobachter

Hitler reads the newspaper at Haus Wachenfeld 1936

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Hitler looking amused while reading a newspaper

Here’s an interesting Hitler photo which was taken at the Deutscher Tag in Fuerth in 1925 or early 1926.

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Hitler definitely had camera “presence” and hypnotic eyes, and he appears to be holding a stress ball

Hitler

This is a colourised photograph of Hitler taken on his 50th birthday. Hitler appears to be rather ‘mechanized’ or robot-like, a dead, colorless expression in his eyes, like an old man with alzheimer’s being led forward by his grandchildren. He doesn’t look relaxed or normal but tense and apprehensive, his arms and hands having a pincer-like hold on the children. This is the kind of pose that makes me think of Dr. Morell and his drugs and the effects they had on Hitler’s body.

Adolf Hitler in a weak pose

Adolf Hitler in a weak pose

With all the photographs taken of Hitler for me this is the most memorable, due to the fact he had shaved his toothbrush moustache off, for what purpose I don’t know

Hitler with no toothbrush moustache

Hitler with no toothbrush moustache

These photographs  of Adolf Hitler shows that the well-known leader of the Nazi Party had some good character traits. Or maybe he was just pretending for the cameras?

Photographs taken from

“Adolf Hitler” cigarette-card book, 1936

‘Hitler Wie ihn keiner kennt’ This is an original Example of Heinrich Hoffmann’s first best-selling photo book on the leader, Adolf Hitler, Hitler -. As it nobody knows (The Hitler Nobody Knows) Published in 1932.

Mein Kampf 1943

Hitler 1936 – 1945 Nemeses

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Hey very interesting blog, some great research

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