Life: Adolf Hitler: Up Close, Never before published Photos

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    Adolf Hitler, Up Close - Adolf Hitler: Up Close - LIFE

    OK, I know this is one of those elements of history that could errupt into holy particular hell, but I do ask that we look more at Hugo Jaeger's photos and not the man photographed. Hugo Jaeger a German photographer who was granted unprecedented access to Adolf Hitler between 1936 and 1945 as one of Hitler's personal photographers.
     
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    From a historical and photojournalistic stand point they are indeed interesting.
     
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    Yup, I was checking those out yesterday when they hit the news. Interesting story about how they were almost found by allied forces but a bottle of booze kept them hidden for decades.

    I think they're of significant historical value. I enjoy getting a glimpse of the time period and trying to think what things must have been like back then... how something so horrible could happen.
     
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    There are some really strong photos in that series. I somehow get a feeling that Hitler was actually a human being as opposed to the monster the history books portray.

    Is LIFE digging through the archives for a reason? Stella just posted never before seen photos of Marilyn Monroe from the LIFE archives.

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    This pictures really bring about his human element. Look at all the smiles on the faces of people around him. The history books are quick to mention the tyranny and rightfully so, but few talk about the man who created the autobahn and basically abolished joblessness to build so much.

    These pictures are amazing and nothing shows the more human side than the first picture. No people marching, no car drivebys, just another politician shaking hands with smiling faces all around. Show this to someone who's never read a history book and they'd probably think he was a good man. *shudder*
     
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    Extremely so.
     
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    Taking into consideration what happened on the night of broken glass and seeing Street Of Fire..

    My God, the sound of tears falling on dust echos forever.
     
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    Thought I'd add to this old thread a mostly different set, albeit with a totally conflicting claimed provenance:
    However, these are the best of their kind I've ever seen...
     
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    Excellent. Im always fascinated by the past.
     
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    Regardless of subject, the history in those photographs is fascinating...as are the photos, themselves.
     
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    I think the photos are interesting without a doubt, but I don't really think they paint him in a nice way, or even a more humane way...since we are aware of the context of the photos (what he would eventually do). Hypothetically, someone could have snapped an image of Jeffrey Dahmer (80's serial killer in US) sharing a laugh with a stranger on the street or comfortably checking the ripeness of apples at the grocery store, but he is still a sociopath. The images would be disturbing to me.

    The images of Hitler before his warmongering and genocide just make him seem creepier to me. I know he wasn't pure evil and was ultimately acting on motivations he felt were right for whatever reason, but the fact a single human is capable of causing worldwide misery is beyond my understanding. I simply can't look at an image of him without the context.
     
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    Since I have no idea who Jeffrey Dahmer is if I saw a picture of him in such a setting I would disagree. And that is my point. We know world wide misery was caused, but look again at the people around him. To them he was great.

    Admittedly they may not think so either looking back, or they may themselves be psychopaths, but that does not change the fact that Hitler was a hell of charismatic leader. It's a real shame the path he took given the following he had.
     
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