Jugend um Hitler

(Youth around Hitler) (German) Paperback – January 1, 1934


Heinrich Hoffmann, 1885-1957, joined the NSDAP in 1920, and was personally chosen by Hitler as his official photographer. They became constant companions and close friends, and by 1945 Hoffmann had taken over 2.5 million photographs of the Fuhrer. They were published as postage stamps, postcards, posters, and picture books. Jugend um Hitler, or Youth around Hitler, was published in 1934. There are several photographs taken at Hitler’s Berghof, the scene of many visits, both formal and informal. Some members of the general public became special visitors to Hitler’s house. He loved being photographed with children, and it seems he genuinely enjoyed their company. One of his favorites, seen in the last pages of this book, was a young girl named Bernile, from Munich. She visited on her birthday in the summer of 1933, and was invited out of the crowd by Hitler for strawberries and cream. Hoffmann made maximum use of propaganda photos taken of them during this and other visits. Later investigation by Hitler’s staff revealed her maternal grandmother was Jewish, and Bernile was forbidden to visit again. The introduction to the book was written by Baldur von Schirach, the Reichsjungendfuhrer (National Youth Leader), who later married Hoffmann’s daughter Henriette. It was Schirach who introduced Hitler to his Munich studio assistant Eva Braun, who became Hitler’s mistress and eventually his wife. This book contains 120 striking photographs of Hitler with children, at youth rallies, parades, schools, and Hitler’s home.

  • Publisher : Zeitgeschichte-Verlag; 1st edition (January 1, 1934)
  • Language : German
  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces