Hitler in Color
|Hitler at Frankfurt doing a ceremonial scoop of dirt for the first Autobahn.|
|Hitler meets a BDM girl (League of German Maidens) between 1932 and 1935 (this photo is from three bound volumes of cigarette card images taken between 1932 and 1935 in the Lengyon Collection).|
This page has color pictures of Adolf Hitler. As with all the pages on this site that include color pictures, there are no assurances or guarantees that any of these pictures are original color pictures unless noted. You may assume that any picture not indicated as an original color picture has been colorized by experts at photoshop. The artists who colorize pictures typically "sign" them with some kind of watermark, which you may notice. I have no issues with presenting colorized photos so long as they make a sincere effort to mirror real-life colors and the job is done tastefully.
|Hitler is greeted by rows of SA soldiers upon a 1932 return to his private home, the Berghof in Berchtesgaden (this photo is from three bound volumes of cigarette card images taken between 1932 and 1935.|
You may find more color photos of World War II on page 1 and page 2 and page 3 and page 4 and page 5 and page 6 and page 7 and page 8 and page 9 and page 10 and page 11 and page 12 and page 13 and page 14 and page 15 and page 16 of this series.
|This photo is from three bound volumes of cigarette card images taken between 1932 and 1935|
Hitler often associated with Germans clad in traditional garb, likely for political reasons. He even sometimes wore the same style of clothes, again most likely for promotional photos. But in this shot, he clearly is content to leave the yodeling to the locals.
Speaking of whom, note that Ludendorff was not invited, Hindenburg and Ludendorff disliked each other following the latter's breakdown during the last weeks of World War I. In fact, Ludendorff ran against Hindenburg in the presidential election of 1925 but only got 1.1% of the vote. Ludendorff was so humiliated by that and other things that he even refused to stand next to Hindenburg at the 1927 dedication of the Tannenberg monument. Ludendorff also had marched with Hitler during the 1923 Putsch - the soldiers refused to shoot Ludendorff, who simply continued walking forward as everyone else walking beside him fell and ultimately just strolled through the line of soldiers doing the firing. While Hitler was in jail, Ludendorff got involved with other parties similar to the NSDAP, and that apparently ended his and Hitler's relationship because Hitler hated political rivals.
Anyway, back to this photo. On the other side of Hindenburg is Hermann Goering busying himself with something or other. One can feel the awkwardness of all three men in the front row. Former Chancellor Franz von Papen is standing behind Goering. Someday, someone is going to claim that Goering is a time traveler due to that narrow briefcase he has on his lap which looks like a laptop. However, if Goering was from the future, he sure made a hash of things in 1940 against the RAF.
Just like in "Star Trek," different colored uniforms symbolize different military/paramilitary groups in 1930s Germany. Brown denoted Sturmabteilung(SA), black was worn by the Schutzstaffel (SS), while field green was worn by ordinary Wehrmacht (Heer) soldiers. Hindenburg is wearing a pointy hat called a Pickelhaube. It is of Prussian design and went out of fashion after World War I, but Hindenburg is wearing his old uniform. The Pickelhaube was replaced during World War I by the Stahlhelm, a much more efficient, safer, modern, and cheaper helmet.
Note Hitler's top hat resting in his lap, as far as I know, Hitler only wore that a few times in 1933 with Hindenburg, who was quite formal. Hitler could have worn his old World War I uniform if he wished, but it would have been a corporal sitting next to a Field Marshal, and that just wouldn't do.