Unseen Hitler and Eva Braun Photos Released

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LIFE has released a collection of images from the personal collection of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's long-time girlfriend (and at the very end of their lives, wife). The photos were confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1945 and preserved by curator Reinhard Schulz. They paint Eva Braun as a woman who liked to party with friends and sunbathe, while also providing companionship for the most evil person in history. Some shots after the jump.

Sunbathing near Berchtesgaden in 1940. On September 1st, 1940, all of Germany's Jews were forced to wear yellow stars for identification. Here, Eva wears a swimsuit:

Here she is in blackface as Al Jolson (By the way, if you are thinking of starting a punk band, "Eva Braun in Blackface" is a pretty good name):

At Hitler's 54th birthday in 1943 (she is at the far left). Did his birthday wish come true? Yes, if he wished to shoot himself in the head in a Berlin bunker:

RARE: Eva Braun's Private Photos [LIFE]


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Abe Gurko
Abe Gurko

Now it's Springtime for Hitler AND his women? After John Galliano's outburst during Paris Fashion Week, a number of fashion big wigs have been linked to Hitler. Find out who @imeanwhat http://bit.ly/fny54V

Edward Mccarter
Edward Mccarter

Your lead paragraph is incorrect. The records have been preserved and made freelyavailable for research and reproduction by the National Archives (NARA) since 1947. The images are in the Still Picture Branch research room located on the 5th floor of NARA's College Park, MD facility. No one by the name of Reinhard Schulz has been associated with the acquisition or the preservation of the original albums, nor has he been an employee of the Still Picture Branch of NARA.

While NARA has not digitized all the images, an on line version of the description of the albums has been available through NARA's Archival Research Catalogue on our website since 1996.(http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc... - simply type in the following number in the search box to view the description - 540149 ).

Ed McCarterChief, Still Picture BranchNational Archives and Records Administration

White Rabbit
White Rabbit

You can always tell when a jew has written an article. It always exposes their psychopathic tendency to twist what would otherwise be factual words into something completely obscene.

Cary Peters
Cary Peters

The more I learn about Hitler the more I understand him.

1) there were no gas chambers2) the allies deliberately bombed civilian targets in Dresden (at least)3) Eisenhower starved thousands of German Pow's to death after the war4) The Red Army (under Jewish leadership) was instructed to rape Berlin5) Jews built the A-bomb- and the biggest one of all -6) Ask yourself WHY - why did the Nazi's hate Jews?

The truth hurts.

Cassidy
Cassidy

Why were any of these photos unreleased for so long?? I don't get it. What the feck is the gummint doing with all these things all these years??

I get a personal thrill out of seeing Arendt's "banality of evil" like this. Would be even better if they were all in color. But why does every Hitler article has to keep talking about how evil he is? Can anyone ever mention Hitler without having to mention it? I mean, no one talks about Andrew Jackson's genocidal intentions towards Native Americans, or the fact that Lincoln would have kept slavery if it had meant averting the Civil War. Frankly, I don't find Hitler so evil. Why is it that when it comes to the Jews it's always got to be full of superlatives?? Hitler was no worse than Mao, Stalin, or any other great figure from history. He's not the Devil incarnate. He just happened to have had one heck of a civil service bureaucracy working for him!

Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli

Check out the six volumes of Churchill’s Second World War – not a single mention of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.

Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; Churchill’s Second World War totals 4,448 pages; and De Gaulle’s three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages.

In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.

Rick
Rick

Hitler did not invent anti-semenism, he just exploited it. He needed a scapegoat and they were it.

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