Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Nazi Germany. He was the leader of the Nazi party and a man who orchestrated the Holocaust, a horrific event which caused the deaths of millions of people. Additionally, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland caused the outbreak of World War II in Europe.
Let’s take a look at the rare pictures of Hitler and the interesting stories behind them.
1) Volkswagon- ‘Hitler’s car’
Adolf Hitler wanted to make and develop an affordable car for the German public and this became his pet project. For this, he commissioned Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian automobile engineer. Initially, the company was called the Gesellschaft Zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. However, it later changed its name to Volkswagenwerk (The people’s car company). The below rare picture shows Porshe showing the prototype of the Volkswagen Beetle to Hitler.
2) Hitler photobombed by Goebbels
Joseph Goebbels was one of the men in Hitler’s Inner Circle. He is infamous for spreading Nazi propaganda via his public speeches. Additionally, he was one of Hitler’s most devoted and closest follower.
3) Hitler with IBM head Thomas Watson
According to investigative journalist Edwin Black, the former head of International Business Machines (IBM) Thomas Watson and Adolf Hitler had a strategic alliance. According to Black’s book, Watson is said to have provided equipment to Hitler which was instrumental for carrying out the Holocaust.
4) Rare picture of Hitler practising his speeches
Adolf Hitler was a great orator and was famous for practising his speeches to perfection. He often performed and practised his speeches in front of a mirror. These are rare pictures taken by photographer Heinrich Hoffmann. They depict Hitler rehearsing his speech using a wide array of gestures and expressions.
5) Hitler in school
In school, Hitler was a poor student and he often fought with his teachers. He also did not have any interest in school and left his formal education in 1905. The below shows a rare picture of Hitler in 4th grade. He can be seen top row in the dead centre.
6) UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler
Neville Chamberlain was UK’s Prime Minister in 1937. During that time Hitler rose to power and his aims and ambitions were pretty clear. Chamberlain wanted to avoid war and sought ways to pacify Hitler through appeasement. He went on to sign the Munich Agreement with Hitler, which allowed the Germans to occupy Sudetenland, the German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia. However, Hitler later violated that agreement and invaded Poland. Britain subsequently declared war on Germany.
7) Adolf Hitler during his visit to Landsberg Prison
Hitler was incarcerated at the Landsberg Prison after his failed Beer Hall Putsch. While imprisoned, he went on to write Meine Kampfe, his autobiographical manifesto.
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