Picture Adolf Hitler Tried To Have Banned Goes Up For Auction
There have been a handful of world leaders, past and present, who work hard to portray themselves in a certain light. When that light is altered in any way and the public see a different side to them, well, sometimes that can make the leader angry.
There's no doubt that Adolf Hitler wanted to be known as a strong, powerful, feared individual that could take over the world. But apparently there was a photo that he thought went so far against his preferred image that he tried to have it banned.
This black and white snap was apparently taken around the 1920s, before he took over Germany and sparked World War Two, and it was meant to make him look more like a normal man of the people.
It shows him sitting crossed legged on a chair wearing lederhosen and knee-high socks. Damn, those shorts are short - I never thought I'd see the dictator wearing hot pants like that.
The laidback photo was found in the former home of prominent Nazi Viktor Lutze by a British army officer who was billeted there at the end of the Second World War. Along with several other photos, it has now been handed over to by Hansons Auctioneers to be sold to the highest bidder.
Hansons' Adrian Stevenson said: "It was an early propaganda image and Hitler looked like a peasant to try and create the image that he was one of the people.
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"But when he came to power it was entirely the wrong image to portray and he didn't want that image being used. He thought that a photo of him with his knees on display would harm his image.
"He tried to suppress it and it was banned from use.
"Probably a few hundred of them were printed. It is very rare to come across these pictures today."
The image is about as weird as the home videos that emerged of Hitler on holiday in the Bavarian Alps.
The videos from Hitler's private collection show his wife Eva Braun practicing gymnastics and waterboarding on a local lake near to the Berghof retreat.
Hitler, Braun and other Nazis including Albert Speer, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Reinhard Heydrich and Karl Wolff were all captured in the footage, which re-emerged recently.
The Berghof was Hitler's hideaway home in the Obersalzberg area of the Bavarian Alps in Germany - following the end of World War II the property was confiscated.
The property was rebuilt and expanded in 1935 and Hitler used it as a holiday retreat for ten years - it was known to be one of his most used headquarters.
Featured Image Credit: Hansons Auctioneers/BNPS