Photographer Hugo Jaeger was one of the few photographers working with color photography at the time and was granted access to Hitler’s living and study quarters, showing artwork and furnishings estimated to be worth millions even in pre-adjusted dollars. The pictures were taken in the two years leading up to the beginning of World War II.
In 1945, when the Allies were making their final push toward Munich, Jaeger found himself face to face with six American soldiers in a small town west of the city. During a search of the house where Jaeger was staying, the Americans found a leather suitcase in which Jaeger had hidden thousands of color photo transparencies. He knew he would be arrested (or worse) if the Americans discovered his film and his close connection to Hitler. He could never have imagined what happened next.
Jaeger then allegedly buried some of the pictures in 12 twelve glass jars outside Munich, returning to retrieve them in 1955.
|Hitler's huge office in the Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, in the late 1930s or early 1940s|
|Hitler's private apartment above the Chancellery, giving a rare look at what he saw each day, and how he lived|
|This room in Hitler's Berlin apartment in the 'New Chancellery' reflects the Fuhrer's baroque, often sentimental taste|
|Between 1936 and 1945, Hugo Jaeger served as one of Adolf Hitler's personal photographers and was granted unprecedented access to the Fuhrer's private moments|
|Hitler was obsessed with the grandiose, as can be seen from the doors to the Chancellery, yet in his private rooms above there was an air of eerie domesticity|
|Hitler was obsessed with oversized architecture and overly grand monuments that would awe and humble any visitor, yet upstairs in his private apartment, every table and sideboard seems to be covered with flowers|
|A guest room in the Berghof (formerly known as Haus Wachenfeld), Adolf Hitler's estate in Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany. On the right is a Kachelofen, or ceramic-tiled stove, used for heat|
|An office in the Berghof estate, in Upper Bavaria, Germany. The interior of Hitler's Berghof estate reflected his conception of what a 'Germanic' style should look like|
|The Fuhrer takes tea with several people including the wife of prominent politician Albert Forster at Hitler's home, Berghof, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany, in the late 1930s|
|Adolf Hitler's office in the Fuhrerbau, Munich, Germany, 1940. This is where the Munich agreement was signed by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, giving Germany a portion of Czechoslovakia|
|Hitler and Inge Ley sit on a promenade of the German KdF (Kraft durch Freude, translated as 'Strength Through Joy') cruise ship Robert Ley (named after Ms Ley's husband, a Nazi Labour leader) during the ship's maiden voyage in April 1939|
|Hitler's secret 'Wolf's Lair', set deep in the heart of a forest in north-eastern Poland, is to be turned into a major tourist attraction|