Newly discovered color photos from inside Hitler’s private home
By Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – 14 hrs ago
Several never-before-seen photographs have emerged from Adolf Hitler's personal photographer, giving a first time look at Hitler's Berlin apartment and Bavarian estate.
nterior view of the massive offfice of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler in the Reichskanzlei (Reichs Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, late 1930s or early 1940s. (Photograph by Hugo Jaeger/Time & Life Pictures)
Interior view of the Great Room of the Berghof (formerly known as Haus Wachenfeld), Adolf Hitler's estate in Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany, late 1930s. (Photo by Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Hitler at New Year's reception in the Chancellery. At right with back to camera, Vatican minister. (Photo by Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Exterior view of the terrace at the Berghof (formerly known as Haus Wachenfeld), Adolf Hitler's estate in Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany, late 1930s. (Photo by Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
In Hitler's private apartment; the Chancellery. (Photo by Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
The Mirror reports that photographer Hugo Jaeger was one of the few photographers working with color photography at the time and was granted access to Hitler's living and study quarters, showing artwork and furnishings estimated to be worth millions even in pre-adjusted dollars. The pictures were taken in the two years leading up to the beginning of World War II.
It is rumored that Jaeger took as many as 2,000 photographs of Hitler and his possessions. However, in 1945 Jaeger is thought to have hid the photographs in a leather suitcase. As Life magazine reported:
In 1945, when the Allies were making their final push toward Munich, Jaeger found himself face to face with six American soldiers in a small town west of the city. During a search of the house where Jaeger was staying, the Americans found a leather suitcase in which Jaeger had hidden thousands of color photo transparencies. He knew he would be arrested (or worse) if the Americans discovered his film and his close connection to Hitler. He could never have imagined what happened next.
Jaeger then allegedly buried some of the pictures in 12 twelve glass jars outside Munich, returning to retrieve them in 1955.