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.
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.
CREDIT: Images, Courtesy of US National Archives