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You may have seen these photos of Hitler and the Nazi era when first published by LIFE.com, but I missed them.
I think seeing these photos in color makes them more ominously ordinary - the banality of evil and all that. In other ways, they look more like a WW2 movie. What's your view?
Here's the story of the photos, from LIFE:
Between 1936 and 1943, German photographer Hugo Jaeger was granted unprecedented access to Adolf Hitler, traveling and chronicling, in color, the Fuhrer and his confidants at small gatherings, public events, and, quite often, in private moments. Here, and in several other galleries on LIFE, we present never-before-published photographs from Jaeger's astonishing -- and chilling -- collection.
... 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 the leather suitcase in which Jaeger had hidden thousands of his color negatives. He knew he would be arrested (or worse) if the Americans discovered his film and his close connection to Hitler. But what happened next astonished him.
Inside the suitcase that held the Hitler images, Jaeger had also placed a bottle of cognac. Happy with their find, the soldiers proceeded to shared the bottle with Jaeger and the owner of the house. The suitcase was forgotten.
After the Americans left, Jaeger packed the slides into 12 glass jars and buried them on the outskirts of town. In the years following the war, Jaeger occasionally returned to his multiple caches, digging them up, repacking, and reburying them. He finally retrieved the colllection for good--2,000 transparencies, all of them, amazingly, still in good shape -- and in 1965 sold them to LIFE.
Reminds me of too many in the Obama Administration who have similar, fascist, authoritarian, statist impulses if left unchecked. This is a scary lot that we have allowed to take over our government and they bear very close watching.
I wonder if the laughing blonde in the first photo is one of the Mitford girls. The Mitfords were wealthy English Fabian socialist types who, in the run-up to the WWII hostilities, paid more than one visit to Hitler and fawned on him. Jessica was one of them, Nancy another and they wrote light novels of the period.
The laughing blonde woman with Hitler is Gertrud Forster, wife of Albert Forster, NAZI governor of a large portion of Poland. US and British intelligence believed at one time that Adolf and Albert were homosexual lovers. Al was hanged by the Poles in 1952; Gertrud was informed in 1954.
Color isn't right. World War II (not 2) was a black and white war. It's like finding motion pictures of the American Civil War. It's just not right. I swear, we're living in a Turnerized world. Damned revisionists... ;)
That first picture seems kind of strange. All the guys standing in formation with their shirts off, on display? It kind of strikes me as...homoerotic? It just strikes me as odd at a big event like that.
The shirtless men were, I believe, a part of the ArbeitsKorps, the Worker's Corps, and were intended to represent the brawny Aryan male ideal - the women ranked in front of them, in white blouses and long skirts, were intended to represent their female counterparts; hard-working, yes, but also chaste and demure and pure, in word and in deed - all of them dedicated only to serving "ein Reich, ein Volk, und ein Fuehrer" in every way.
Rallies like those pictured (in that photo, and in the last one just above) were, in every respect possible, stylized presentations, orchestrated to illustrate the National Socialist Workers' Party declared creed, and to build ever-more-fanatical devotion to Hitler and to the Party.
-the Huffpo link has a commenter warning about fascism, followed by a riposte stating that 'Hitler never won an election in his life before he became dictator'. I shake my head at the Obama-protection going on, the go for a look at the slideshow. Third picture, "Victory in Warsaw" i think it is titled, has (as do all the pix) a paragraph-long caption. this one --evidently written by Time-Life --states that soon after the surrender 'the Polish elite was eliminated by the SS'. That's when i had to come here and complain, and make some comment about the 'memory hole' and so forth.
--but jeez, REALLY, on top of all the misery that we invite --nay, demand --when we ignore history, why give away unearned runs to punk-ass reds, whether in the 2009 Obama gang in DC or in the 1940 NKVD in the Katyn Forest ?