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Hitler Plays Charades With Photographer Heinrich Hoffmann

By Michelle Bird on July 3rd 2014


Hitler was a very strange fellow. If you’ve watched his speeches before, you’ve probably noticed the high dose of energy flaring through his character, the loud vocal spiels, the music conductor-style body movements, and that ‘stache gathering a mind of its own.

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Hitler was known to practice his body movements continuously. Not only that, but he had his personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, capture his lively gestures and strong language delivery on film, just so he could review them later on.



Perhaps Hitler should’ve gone down the road of acting instead. As you can see from the photos, it looks as though he really enjoyed himself some improv, or he was really good at charades – I can almost hear him singing in that last shot. Upon seeing the negatives though, Hitler actually ordered Hoffmann to destroy the photos, but the photographer hid them instead. By the time the Reich crumbled, Hoffmann had taken over 2 million photographs of Hitler. After Hoffmann’s photography archives were seized by the government, this rare collection was unearthed to the public.

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CREDIT: Images, Courtesy of US National Archives

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Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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  1. Jesper Ek

    He looks manic as usual.

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    On film? Is that counting movie frames individually?
    If not, it makes Thomas Hawk look like a slouch.

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  3. Dick Raymond

    He was a Demon that brought nothing but Pain and Suffering into this world!

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  4. Karl Petersson

    I think it is important to be aware of this as a tool for what politicians and other public personas are getting up to in terms of how they can influence people with things that is beyond the “simple” texts and the different tools they use to influence our decisions.
    Remember that Leni Reifenstahls movie Triumph of the Will is still part of most advertising schools curriculum and the influence is still visible in many product advertisements and political advertisements.
    Hitles was probably not the first and certainly not the last politician who has a body language coach to make him look more self assured and have an impact on the audience.
    Theres a loot of narcissistic evil little bastards out there, we just have to see to that not all of them get the kind of power as this one got.

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  5. Michael Chapman

    Narcissistic evil little bastard.

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  6. Servando Miramontes

    So…. Hitler was a cool guy? Im confused… hahahahaha

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    • Jeff Lopez


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    • Michelle Bird

      I think this collection really shows you something we don’t see often when looking back at historical photographs of Hitler, this collection definitely lets you visually tap into the crazed self-obsessive manipulative mind he possessed.

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  7. Raoni Franco


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