Thursday, May 5, 2016

Miniature Castle as Hitler's Birthday Gift

Hand-worked castle inlaid with precious stones given to Hitler as an extravagant gifts for his 50th birthday, 20 April 1939. The picture was taken by German photographer Hugo Jaeger. In the late 1930s, very few photographers were using color film. Jaeger was an early adopter, and when Adolf Hitler was introduced to Jaeger’s work, he liked what he saw. “The future,” Hitler reportedly told Jaeger, “belongs to color photography.” Between 1936 and 1945, Jaeger was granted unprecedented access to Hitler, traveling and chronicling, in color, the Führer and his confidants at small gatherings, public events and, quite often, in private moments.

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