Military History | 28 March 2013
Adolf Hitler - A Black and White Photographic Print by Heinrich Hoffmann , '...
Sold for £100
Adolf Hitler - A Black and White Photographic Print by Heinrich Hoffmann , 'Hitler Seated Reading Volkischer Beobachter', the reverse inscribed 'Presse Hoffmann, Berlin - 18156', 17.5cm x 23.5cm
Heinrich Hoffmann (September 12, 1885 - December 11, 1957) worked in his father's photographic shop and as a photographer in Munich from 1908. He joined the NSDAP in 1920 and was chosen by its new leader Hitler as his official photographer. A photograph taken by Hoffman in Munich's Odeonsplatz on 2 August 1914 purports to show a young Hitler among the crowds cheering the outbreak of World War I and was used in Nazi propaganda; its authenticity has been questioned. Hitler and Hoffman became close friends, Hoffmann's photographs were published as postage stamps, postcards, posters and picture books, following Hoffmann's suggestion, both he and Hitler received royalties from all uses of Hitler's image (even on postage stamps), which made the photographer wealthy, in 1933 he was elected to the Reichstag and in 1938 Hitler appointed him a 'Professor'.
Hoffmann married Therese "Lelly" Baumann, who was very fond of Hitler, in 1911, their daughter Henriette ("Henny") was born on February 3, 1913 and followed by a son, Heinrich ("Heini") on October 24, 1916. Henriette married Reichsjugendf'fchrer (National Hitler Youth commander) Baldur von Schirach, who provided introductions to many of Hoffmann's picture books, in 1932. Therese Hoffmann died a sudden and unexpected death in 1928, Hoffmann and his second wife Erna introduced his Munich studio assistant Eva Braun to Hitler
Hoffmann was arrested by the Americans on 10 May 1945 and after the war he was tried and sentenced to four years for Nazi profiteering, upon release from prison on 31 May 1950, he settled in the small village of Epfach in the Munich area, where he died 7 years later at age 72.
Thursday 28 March 2013, 10.00am
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