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January 15, 2017

The Story Behind the Famous Portrait of Clara Bow Sporting a Cloche Hat and Top Adorned With Swastikas, 1932

This picture shows famous actress Clara Bow in an outfit decorated with swastikas. However, it is shared all over the internet claiming to have been taken during a 1932 promotion trip to Germany where she met Hitler.

Clara bow in Germany during a publicity tour, 1932.

Clara Bow met Hitler in Germany when on a European tour to promote 1932’s Call Her Savage. She was persuaded to wear a swastika-embroidered cloche and suit by studio boss BP Schulberg.

According to the biographer David Stenn, in Berlin “a starstruck Adolf Hitler presented her with a signed copy of Mein Kampf. ‘For my most esteemed friend Clara,’ he wrote, ‘with the wish that she derives the same pleasure reading this book as I did writing it. Adolf.’” ‘Madness’ was all Clara had to say.



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