Sinister images of Hitler training as SS officer up for grabs

November 29th, 2010 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 29 (ANI): Hundreds of previously unpublished photographs of Adolf Hitler taken during his party’s rise to power before the Second World War are set to be auctioned off next year.

The photographs, which had been taken by the Nazi leader’s personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann, will be auctioned off with the negatives at a sale in January.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, of JP Humbert Auctioneers, said they were a previously unseen view of Hitler during his rise to power.

“We’ve got somewhere around 800 negatives and maybe 600 stills, some from these negatives and other stills that don’t have a negative that they were developed from,” the Scotsman quoted him as saying.

He said the photos were all pre-Second World War, with images captured at “party days”, including one at Nuremberg in 1934.

“There’s also images of a meeting with Mussolini in Munich and the winter and summer Olympics of 1936 and also more sinister images of Hitler attending an SS officers training school,” Humbert revealed.

“It’s all effectively the Nazi party plotting and gaining strength, and all the way Henrich Hoffmann is taking up-close and personal pictures.

“They have come direct from Heinrich Hoffmann. These are effectively views of Hitler that are unseen and unpublished.

“It really is a sinister but intriguing social history of the rise of the Nazi party, never before been seen,” he added.

The pictures are due to go under the hammer at the auction house’s showroom in Towcester, Northamptonshire, on January 18, with six figure bids expected. (ANI)

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