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Wednesday, March 1, 2017






Album found in Eva Braun's bedroom drawer reveals never-before-seen shots of Adolf Hitler relaxing and greeting fellow Nazi chiefs 
  • The collection was seized as a souvenir by a British wartime photographer who entered Hitler's Berlin bunker
  • Album was sold in 1980s and was recently bought by another collector who is putting it up for auction
  • A Russian soldier used his bayonet to force open a locked drawer next to Eva Braun's bed to find the album
  • It contains candid snaps of Adolf Hitler reading at his mountaintop Berghof Nazi HQ during World War Two
  • Other Nazi chiefs including SS death squad boss Heinrich Himmler as pictured smiling for the camera 
  • Auctioneer Tim Harper saying he is '100 per cent' it came from Hitler's bunker
 A photo album containing never-before-seen shots of Adolf Hitler relaxing during WWII has been unearthed 72 years after a journalist took it from Eva Braun’s bedroom drawer.The remarkable images show the Nazi dictator and his henchmen during the Second World War.There is one snap of a grinning Hitler offering a salute outside his Berghof headquarters. Two more show him smiling in front of a crowd of children who are saluting him.Other images depict evil SS chief Heinrich Himmler smiling at the camera, Joseph Goebbels - the architect of the Holocaust - being wildly cheered by a crowd of Germans and portly Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering climbing into a car.
Adolf Hitler is shown in pensive thought as he sits alone on the veranda at the Berghof studying some papers during WWII Adolf Hitler is shown in pensive thought as he sits alone on the veranda at the Berghof studying some papers during WWIIOne snap shows a grinning Hitler offering a salute outside his Berghof headquarters - the building was constructed in the early 20th century and heavily modified in the run up to the war so the dictator could use it as a base One snap shows a grinning Hitler offering a salute outside his Berghof headquarters - the building was constructed in the early 20th century and heavily modified in the run up to the war so the dictator could use it as a baseAmong the never-before-seen shots of Hitler is him greeting crowds at a wartime rally. Some photos carried hand-written captions revealing exactly where they were taken but others, including this one, were left to speak for themselves Among the never-before-seen shots of Hitler is him greeting crowds at a wartime rally. Some photos carried hand-written captions revealing exactly where they were taken but others, including this one, were left to speak for themselvesAnother image shows him smiling in front of a crowd of children who are saluting him outside the Berghof building in the Bavarian mountains  Another image shows him smiling in front of a crowd of children who are saluting him outside the Berghof building in the Bavarian mountains The private photo album was seized as a souvenir by a British wartime photographer who entered Hitler's Berlin bunker a few weeks after the evil dictator and his wife Braun committed suicide there at the end of the war.A Russian soldier used his bayonet to force open a locked drawer to discover the album alongside a broken perfume spray and underwear. The cover of the album still carries the aroma of the perfume seven decades on.Photographer Edward Dean, who visited the bunker with celebrated journalist and broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, took ownership of the album.Hesold the album to a collector in the 1980s who had it for 30 years. It was recently bought by another collector who is now selling it at auction.
SS chief Heinrich Himmler, pictured left, is also depicted smiling at the camera while walking among trees SS chief Heinrich Himmler, pictured left, is also depicted smiling at the camera while walking among treesIt contains 73 informal photos that would have been taken by a member of Hitler's inner circle during the Second World War, possibly a bodyguard or even Braun herself as she does not appear in any.To highlight the unrestricted access the photographer enjoyed, there is a close-up shot of Hitler's desk and his office in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin.Another image depicts the evil dictator sitting alone on the veranda at the Berghof studying some papers.
The album contains 73 informal photos that would have been taken by a member of Hitler's inner circle, possibly a bodyguard or even his wife Braun herself - here Joseph Goebbels is shown addressing a crowd The album contains 73 informal photos that would have been taken by a member of Hitler's inner circle, possibly a bodyguard or even his wife Braun herself - here Joseph Goebbels is shown addressing a crowdLuftwaffe chief Hermann Goering can be seen climbing into a car in another of the images In this picture the Berghof is shown in spring according to a caption written underneath the shot Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering can be seen climbing into a car in another of the images, above left, while the Berghof is shown in spring, above right, according to a caption written underneath the shot  'We can say with 100 per cent certainty that this album was recovered from Hitler's bunker in Berlin in 1945.
Another shows a 'sentry' in front of the headquarters - Hitler left the building for the last time in mid-1944 to run the final stages of the war from his eastern front headquarters in Poland
Another shows a 'sentry' in front of the headquarters - Hitler left the building for the last time in mid-1944 to run the final stages of the war from his eastern front headquarters in Poland
'Eva Braun was the 'first lady' of the Third Reich and without question this was with her at the last stages of the war in the Fuhrer Bunker in Berlin in 1945.
'Very few significant artefacts liberated from the Fuhrer Bunker in 1945 exist today in the open market, especially with such concrete provenance dating all the way back to the time of liberation.
'Photographs of Hitler were very carefully controlled to ensure they fitted in to the image the Nazis were trying to project of him.
The pictures reveal the photographer's extraordinary access - with this one showing his private desk in his office at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin
The pictures reveal the photographer's extraordinary access - with this one showing his private desk in his office at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin
The Reich Chancellery's dark interiors and lavish furnishings are shown in this photograph which was captured inside one of the building's grand halls
The Reich Chancellery's dark interiors and lavish furnishings are shown in this photograph which was captured inside one of the building's grand halls
The extraordinary collection also shows Nazi officers merely relaxing on the grass at a time when their leader was causing mass destruction across the globe
The extraordinary collection also shows Nazi officers merely relaxing on the grass at a time when their leader was causing mass destruction across the globe
Tim Harper of C&T Auctions said: 'We can say with 100 per cent certainty that this album was recovered from Hitler's bunker in Berlin in 1945' - This picture shows Hitler with members of his inner circle
Tim Harper of C&T Auctions said: 'We can say with 100 per cent certainty that this album was recovered from Hitler's bunker in Berlin in 1945' - This picture shows Hitler with members of his inner circle
'So it is rare to come across easy-going photographs of him that wouldn't have got through the censorship, especially during the height of the Second World War.
'The one of him walking down the path outside the Berghof in a kind of a jocular pose giving an almost Charlie Chaplin-type salute is quite striking.
'There are quite a few pictures of Himmler which you didn't often get to see.
The album, which also includes an image of the Berghof's garden terrace, pictured above, is expected to fetch £18,500 when it goes under the hammer The album, which also includes an image of the Berghof's garden terrace, pictured above, is expected to fetch £18,500 when it goes under the hammer
'It is almost for certain these photos were taken by somebody in her inner circle, possibly a bodyguard. It is also likely that Eva Braun would have taken some of them as she doesn't appear in any.
'The album is in very good condition. It has a stylised Swastika built into the binding, a very typical SS album cover.
'We know Braun owned it and that it belonged to her because of where it was found, in her bedroom.
The album has a stylised Swastika built into the binding and auctioneers said it is in a 'very good condition' The album has a stylised Swastika built into the binding and auctioneers said it is in a 'very good condition'
The private photo collection was seized as a souvenir by a British wartime photographer who entered Htler's Berlin bunker a few weeks after the evil dictator and his wife Braun committed suicide there at the end of the war.
The private photo collection was seized as a souvenir by a British wartime photographer who entered Hitler's Berlin bunker a few weeks after the evil dictator and his wife Braun committed suicide there at the end of the war

This picture shows a Nazi torchlight gathering similar to those held at Nuremberg where fascist supporters would gather to hear Hitler speaking each year
This picture shows a Nazi torchlight gathering similar to those held at Nuremberg where fascist supporters would gather to hear Hitler speaking each year
Another shows a Nazi officer riding a horse, his armband adorned with a swastika clearly visible - the symbol would always be worn on the left hand side of the uniform 
Another shows a Nazi officer riding a horse, his armband adorned with a swastika clearly visible - the symbol would always be worn on the left hand side of the uniform 
The Deutschland Erwache standard was frequently carried by Nazi troops as they marched in formation - the phrase means 'Germany awakens'
Pictured is a swastika statue bearing Adolf Hitler's name as well as an Imperial Eagle symbol
The Deutschland Erwache standard, left, was frequently carried by Nazi troops as they marched in formation - the phrase means 'Germany awakens'. Pictured right is a swastika statue bearing Adolf Hitler's name as well as an Imperial Eagle symbol
'All the pictures are unpublished. They look like they were privately taken so would be unlikely to have been reprinted or published anywhere.
'There is a certain macabre aspect to it, given that it was owned and handled by evil people.
'But they were people who were right at the focus of history, a pivotal moment in time that culminated in the suicide of Adolf Hitler. 
A Russian soldier used his bayonet to force open a locked drawer to discover the album alongside a broken perfume spray and underwear - the album's cover still carries the aroma of the perfume seven decades on
A Russian soldier used his bayonet to force open a locked drawer to discover the album alongside a broken perfume spray and underwear - the album's cover still carries the aroma of the perfume seven decades on
While the leader of Nazi Germany Hitler used several planes including the Junkers 52 aircraft, above, named 'Immelmann' after the First World War flying ace Max Immelmann.
While the leader of Nazi Germany Hitler used several planes including the Junkers 52 aircraft, above, named 'Immelmann' after the First World War flying ace Max Immelmann.
The Junkers G24, pictured, was another aircraft used in Nazi Germany during World War II, although primarily for freight transport.
The Junkers G24, pictured, was another aircraft used in Nazi Germany during World War II, although primarily for freight transport.
German forces also used biplanes, similar to the one pictured above, for reconnaissance missions
German forces also used biplanes, similar to the one pictured above, for reconnaissance missions
One of this group of soldiers, pictured above left, can be seen performing the infamous Nazi salute - it was used as a greeting when the party was in control of Germany and was often accompanied with the phrase: 'Heil, mein Fuhrer'
One of this group of soldiers, pictured above left, can be seen performing the infamous Nazi salute - it was used as a greeting when the party was in control of Germany and was often accompanied with the phrase: 'Heil, mein Fuhrer'
Nazi architecture relied primarily on natural materials to create intimidating buildings that would last for years - symbolising the party's desire for world domination
Pictured is a group of Nazis visiting the Victory Column in the German capital Berlin
Nazi architecture, above left, relied primarily on natural materials to create intimidating buildings that would last for years - symbolising the party's desire for world domination. Pictured right is a group of Nazis visiting the Victory Column in the German capital Berlin.
Auctioneer Tim Harper said: 'My guess is that the album will go to someone who wants a powerful and visual statement from history'
Auctioneer Tim Harper said: 'My guess is that the album will go to someone who wants a powerful and visual statement from history'
The garages of the Berghof Nazi headquarters are seen in another image - two open-top vehicles are parked outside surrounded by Nazi officials while another watches from the property's balcony, left 
The garages of the Berghof Nazi headquarters are seen in another image - two open-top vehicles are parked outside surrounded by Nazi officials while another watches from the property's balcony, left 
Garden of the country house.

The building also had immaculate gardens, left, and views of the surrounding Bavarian mountains. Pictured right is a man who appears to be wearing Lederhosen - or leather breeches - a costume commonly associated with the region
The Berghof was situated on top of a 3,000 foot mountain and surrounded by dense forests, pictured above
The Berghof was situated on top of a 3,000 foot mountain and surrounded by dense forests, pictured above
Not all of the photographs in the collection feature soldiers and military equipment - some of them are much more scenic such as this lake scene pictured above
Not all of the photographs in the collection feature soldiers and military equipment - some of them are much more scenic such as this lake scene pictured above
The Berghof was eventually damaged by hundreds of British Lancaster Bombers in late April 1945
The building was then set on fire by retreating SS troops in early May
The Berghof, left and right, was eventually damaged by hundreds of British Lancaster Bombers in late April 1945. It was then set on fire by retreating SS troops in early May
Also in the album is a picture of the Konigssee Lake, above, where Eva Braun liked to go swimming. The photographer who took the images is not known but it has been speculated that it could be Braun because she does not appear in any
Also in the album is a picture of the Konigssee Lake, above, where Eva Braun liked to go swimming. The photographer who took the images is not known but it has been speculated that it could be Braun because she does not appear in any
'My guess is that the album will go to someone who wants a powerful and visual statement from history.'
The album measures 13ins by 9ins and is being sold on March 15.
The Berghof, which is shown in many of the images, was expanded and renamed in 1935 to become Hitler's holiday residence for ten years.
Before the war several British leaders even visited the dictator at the retreat, including former Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and David Lloyd-George and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The building was constructed in the early 20th century and heavily modified in the run up to the war so that Hitler could use it as a base.
A group of Nazis can be seen with what appears to be architectural equipment
Another image taken inside the Reich Chancellery reveals the photographer's extraordinary access
A group of Nazis can be seen with what appears to be architectural equipment, pictured left, while another image taken inside the Reich Chancellery, above right, reveals the photographer's extraordinary access
Hitler left the building for the last time in mid-1944 to run the final stages of the war from his eastern front headquarters in Poland.
In late April 1945, 12 days before the Germans surrendered, the house was damaged by hundreds of British Lancaster Bombers.
It was then set on fire by retreating SS troops in early May, and looted after Allied troops reached the area.
The burnt out shell was demolished by the West German government in 1952.
Heinrich Himmler  
Himmler was in charge of the entire terror apparatus of the Nazi state from the policeman on the beat and the Gestapo to the concentration camps and the extermination plants like Auschwitz and Treblinka.
He was known to be squeamish at the sight of blood and one diary entry in August 1941, details how when witnessing the mass shooting of Jews into a pit outside the city of Minsk in what is now Belarus, he almost fainted when the brains of a victim splashed on to his coat.
 Hermann Goering
Goering founded the Gestapo secret police, organised the Holocaust and ordered the Blitz on Britain.
He was second only to Hitler and in charge of the extermination programme.
Goering was sentenced to death along with 11 others at the Nuremberg trials in 1946, but he committed suicide by swallowing a poison pill in his cell the night before his scheduled execution.
 Joseph Goebbels
Goebbels was created the Reich Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda when the Nazis came to power in 1933. His job involved presenting a favourable image of Hitler to the public, by stage-managing his appearances at rallies and flying him all over the Reich. His other roles were to control the media and to whip up anti-Semitism. He masterminded the burning of ‘un-German’ books, as well as hounding Jewish editors and artists into bankruptcy. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083992/The-Nazi-Casanova-landmark-biography-reveals-unknown-Goebbels-grotesque-lothario-obsessed-fear-Hotler-sleeping-wife-propaganda-genius-myth.html#ixzz4a5oWER4R Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Goebbels was made the Reich Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda when the Nazis came to power in 1933.
His job involved presenting a favourable image of Hitler to the public, by stage-managing his appearances at rallies and flying him all over the Reich. His other roles were to control the media and to whip up anti-Semitism.
He masterminded the burning of ‘un-German’ books, as well as hounding Jewish editors and artists into bankruptcy.
Rudolf Hess
Hess was an early confidant of Hitler, who dictated much of his infamous manifesto Mein Kampf to him while imprisoned during the 1920s.
He eventually rose to become deputy Nazi party leader, and was captured in 1941 during a solo flight to Scotland on an apparently unauthorised peace mission.
He was later convicted in the Nuremberg trials after the Second World War ended.

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