Here Are the Photos That Adolf Hitler Didn’t Want You to See

May 20, 2016 Updated: May 20, 2016

Photos of Adolf Hitler taken in the late 1920s weren’t supposed to ever see the light of day.

The black and white pictures were apparently described by the Nazi German dictator as being “beneath one’s dignity.”

His personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, shot photos of Hitler as he was gesturing. Hitler apparently wanted to see which ones “worked.”

The images, captured in a German beer hall, weren’t released until much later when Hoffman published his memoir, “Hitler Was My Friend.”

Hoffman died in 1957 at age 72.

“It makes perfect sense that he would be doing this,” historian Roger Moorhouse told the Telegraph. 

“We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon, but he had a lot of charisma and his speeches made people sincerely believe he would lead them back to greatness.

“He was an absolutely spellbinding public speaker and these pictures show that it was something he worked very hard on.”

“When you listen to his speeches now, he sounds like a ranting, raving maniac, but we know that it came across in a very persuasive way,” Moorhouse added. “These pictures give an important insight into how he practised. He was a showman and rehearsed his gestures to get a particular reaction from his audiences.”

“He experimented with his own image and asked Hoffmann to take photographs for him to review. Then he’d look at them and say ‘no, that looks silly’ or ‘I’m never doing that again’.

“He used Hoffmann as a sounding board, but never intended the images to be published.

“He was a very modern politician in that way. He was concerned about how he looked and his public persona.”