Hitler's Woman Captured the Fuhrer Both at Work and at Play
|Eva Braun was virtually unknown in the Allied nations until after the war.|
|Hitler reviewing some of Eva's work at the Berghof. Her former boss Heinrich Hoffmann, to whom credit for many of her photographs was given, stands at left.|
|I think that is Eva in the background, but I am not sure.|
|A selfie from Eva's personal photo album. Yes, she was that far ahead of her time. (National Archives).|
|Eva with her Rolleiflex still camera.|
Evidently, Eva had studied the work of Leni Riefenstahl, who had pioneered the technique in her documentary of the 1936 Olympics, "Olympia" (1938). Eva had access to anything that she needed, and the German film industry was at its peak despite defections to Hollywood of some of its most legendary talent, such as Marlene Dietrich and Ernst Lubitsch.
|Eva took this snap at the overlook on the way to the teahouse on the Obersalzburg.|
"Miss Eva Braun shows us some color movies that she filmed on the Obersalzberg in the last years. One saw the Fuehrer still in peacetime. I’ve never seen him so relaxed on film before. You also see the difference in the Fuehrer between the films of 1939 and then from 1942. You really see how the Fuehrer has changed during the war. Then he was still a young man, during the war he’s become more and more old, and now he’s quite bent over. But despite that, his moral steadfastness and determination is inexhaustible."
|An extremely rare shot of Eva Braun's 16 mm Siemens film cine-camera casually lying on the table.|
|Eva (likely the woman with her back to the camera) had a great interest in advanced optical equipment, as evidenced by the telescope set up behind Hitler. Eva had a very imaginative mind which many did not appreciate at the time.|
|Eva with her very professional film equipment at the Berghof.|
|Eva with one of her movie cameras. Apparently, she upgraded from time to time. Also - notice the tripod in the background.|
|Note the camera at Eva's waist. She apparently took it with her almost everywhere.|
A German film-maker, Lutz Beck, tracked the films down in 1972 after finding a photograph of Eva holding a movie camera. Until then, nobody even knew that Eva had taken any films, though there were a few photos known of her holding a film camera. Beck found the Braun canisters piled with other films in an old aircraft hangar in Maryland. It was where the Signal Corps had dumped the films in 1945. He restored them and showed them to the public. People were revolted. The experience scarred Beck. He did a service to posterity that we now appreciate.
|Albert Speer, on the far right, was a sourpuss when it came to Eva Braun - and he was dead wrong in his assessment of her. Joseph Goebbels, on the other hand, delighted in being the life of the party.|
Eva Braun filmed in living color using the best equipment and film of her day.