50 Rare Photos of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician who was the dictator of Germany from 1933 until his death in 1945. He rose to power as the leader of the Nazi Party, becoming the chancellor in 1933 and then assuming the title of Führer und Reichskanzler in 1934. During his dictatorship, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland on 1 September 1939. He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust, the genocide of about six million Jews and millions of other victims.

Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary and was raised near Linz. He lived in Vienna later in the first decade of the 1900s and moved to Germany in 1913. He was decorated during his service in the German Army in World War I. In 1919, he joined the German Workers’ Party (DAP), the precursor of the Nazi Party, and was appointed leader of the Nazi Party in 1921. In 1923, he attempted to seize governmental power in a failed coup in Munich and was imprisoned with a sentence of five years. In jail, he dictated the first volume of his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”). After his early release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting pan-Germanism, anti-Semitism and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

By November 1932, the Nazi Party held the most seats in the German Reichstag, but did not have a majority. As a result, no party was able to form a majority parliamentary coalition in support of a candidate for chancellor. Former chancellor Franz von Papen and other conservative leaders persuaded President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor on 30 January 1933. Shortly after, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933 which began the process of transforming the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany, a one-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of Nazism. Hitler aimed to eliminate Jews from Germany and establish a New Order to counter what he saw as the injustice of the post-World War I international order dominated by Britain and France. His first six years in power resulted in rapid economic recovery from the Great Depression, the abrogation of restrictions imposed on Germany after World War I, and the annexation of territories inhabited by millions of ethnic Germans, which gave him significant popular support.

Hitler sought Lebensraum (lit. ‘living space’) for the German people in Eastern Europe, and his aggressive foreign policy is considered the primary cause of World War II in Europe. He directed large-scale rearmament and, on 1 September 1939, invaded Poland, resulting in Britain and France declaring war on Germany. In June 1941, Hitler ordered an invasion of the Soviet Union. By the end of 1941, German forces and the European Axis powers occupied most of Europe and North Africa. These gains were gradually reversed after 1941, and in 1945 the Allied armies defeated the German army. On 29 April 1945, he married his longtime lover Eva Braun in the Führerbunker in Berlin. Less than two days later, the couple committed suicide to avoid capture by the Soviet Red Army. Their corpses were burned.

Historian and biographer Ian Kershaw describes Hitler as “the embodiment of modern political evil”. Under Hitler’s leadership and racially motivated ideology, the Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of about six million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed Untermenschen (subhumans) or socially undesirable. Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war. In addition, 28.7 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European theatre. The number of civilians killed during World War II was unprecedented in warfare, and the casualties constitute the deadliest conflict in history. (Wikipedia)

Everybody who spent a little time in history class, knows this evil man. But you might not know his personal life. Here’s a collection of 50 rare photographs of Adolf Hitler from his birth to his suicide at the end of World War II.

Hitler and Goering were passionate collectors of art.
Hitler with Emmy and Edda Goering, 1940. Emmy Göring was a German actress, the second wife of Hermann Göring.
Hitler during imprisonment at Landsberg Prison. He was visited by fellow party members, 1924.
There are a number of conspiracy theories claiming that Hitler didn’t commit suicide and fled. This photo allegedly captured 75-year-old Hitler on his deathbed.
FBI montage made in 1945 in the event that Hitler tries to hide by changing the appearance.
Hitler’s birth certificate.
Little Hitler (third from the left on the bottom row) with classmates. Fischlham, Austria-Hungary, 1895.
School Photo, 1901.
Another school photo, 1904.
Hitler in a military hospital (back row, second from right), 1918.
Volunteer Hitler (right) as part of the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment of Bavarian Army during the World War I, 1916.
Hitler as a young politician, 1921.
Hitler during the election campaign in 1923. Photo taken by Heinrich Hoffmann, who was Hitler’s personal photographer.
Hitler in shorts, 1924. Photo taken by Heinrich Hoffmann.
Hitler during his speech.
Staged photoset “Apocalyptic, visionary, persuasive”, Heinrich Hoffmann, 1925.
Hitler at the orchestra rehearsal at Leopoldhall in Munich, 1938.
Hitler at a construction site of a new autobahn (highway).
Hitler in brown Nazi uniform during the outdoor speech in Austria. 1938.
Hitler in 1932.
In front of new Reichsbank building, May 1932.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels signing autographs at the 1936 Olympics.
Hitler in 1934 during a visit at Landsberg Prison, where he wrote “Mein Kampf” during his imprisonment in 1924.
Hitler says goodbye at a New Year’s banquet. Berlin, 1936.
Hitler at someone’s wedding.
On Thanksgiving Day in Bückeburg, 1937.
With Austrian fans, 1939.
On board the ship Robert Ley, which was released on its maiden voyage. The ship was christened Robert Ley, after the leader of the DAF in Germany.
During lunch on the front line, 1940.
Hitler with guests at the table at his residence in Obersalzberg, 1939.
Hitler with animals.
Hitler reading a morning press
Hitler and Eva Braun, 1943.
Hitler, Göring and Heinz Guderian discuss the Ardennes operation. October 1944.
Hitler comes to visit one of the injured officers, after a failed assassination attempt on Hitler, July 20, 1944.
Hitler and Goebbels, the propaganda minister. Poland, July 25, 1944.
One of the last photos of Hitler. The Fuhrer in the garden of the Reich Chancellery awards the young members of the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) brigade mobilized to defend Berlin.
During a visit in occupied Graslitz, 1938.
On Christmas feast with the German generals, 1941.
With children.
At a Nazi rally in Eger, Czechoslovakia, 1938.
At a Nazi rally.
In the theater, Charlottenburg, May 1939.
In Paris, 1940.

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