Vintage: pre-war Nazi Germany by Hugo Jager

Vintage: pre-war Nazi Germany by Hugo Jager


Hugo Jager was a personal photographer of Adolf Hitler. He traveled with Hitler in the years leading up to power and throughout World War II. As the war was drawing to a close in 1945, Jaeger hid the photographs in a leather suitcase. He then encountered American soldiers prompting fears of potential arrest and prosecution for carrying around so many images of such a wanted man. When the soldiers opened the case however, their attention was distracted by a bottle of cognac they found there, which they opened and shared with Jaeger. Jaeger buried the photographs inside 12 glass jars outside Munich. The photographer returned to the burial place over several years to ensure they were safe. He dug up all of the photographs ten years later in 1955, storing them in a bank vault. In 1965, Jaeger sold them to Life magazine.

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1937 Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, Germany. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels (in box) at Charlottenburg Theatre, Berlin, 1939. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Adolf Hitler makes keynote address at Reichstag session, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, 1939. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Adolf Hitler salutes troops of the Condor Legion who fought alongside Spanish Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, during a rally upon their return to Germany, 1939. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Adolf Hitler speaking at the Lustgarten, Berlin, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Annual midnight swearing-in of SS troops at Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Berlin illuminated at midnight in honor of Hitler’s 50th birthday, April 1939. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Crowds cheering Adolf Hitler’s campaign to unite Austria and Germany, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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League of German Girls dancing during the 1938 Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, Germany. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Nazi officials on their way to Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Reichserntedankfest, 1934. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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The ceremonial was considered as art. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Adolf Hitler at the swearing-in of SS standard bearers at the Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Nuremberg, Germany, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels speaking at the Lustgarten in Berlin, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, Germany, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Reich Veterans Day, 1939. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Scene along roadway to the Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, Germany, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, near Wolfsburg, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine

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Another image from Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, near Wolfsburg, 1938. Photo: Hugo Jager. Photo credit: Life Magazine


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