Nazi rally in the Cathedral of Light, c. 1937
Hitler’s elementary school’s class photo.
Can spot him amongst his classmates?
"…Helen [Hanfstaengl] maintained that she was able to see Hitler from an “absolutely different” side than others would later. “He was a warm person,” she insisted in an interview in 1971. “One thing was really quite touching: He evidently liked children, or he made a good act of it.”
One afternoon as her son Egon [Hitler’s godson] ran to meet Hitler, he slipped and bumped his head against a chair. With a dramatic gesture, Hitler beat the chair, berating it for hurting “good little Egon.” Helen remembered this as “a surprise and a delight,” which prompted the boy to ask the visitor to go through the same act each time he came over. “Please, Uncle Dolf, spank the naughty chair,” Egon would plead.”
- Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon & Schuster) by Andrew Nagorski.
Hitler playing with Eva Braun’s Scottish Terriers, Negus and Stasi.