At first glance, the picture of Hitler hugging the young, beaming girl appears to show a lovely scene. But a closer look discloses a darker tale: this is Adolf Hitler who is behind the murder of 6 million Jews, and the little girl is also a Jewish.
Despite this, Hitler would go on to build a friendship with Rosa Bernile Nienau, which ended 5 years later when top Nazi officials intervened. And now this uncommon and signed image which was taken in1933 is going up for auction in the US.
Alexander Historical Auctions, in Maryland, estimates the picture could get as much as $10,000 (£7,500) when it goes on sale on Tuesday. This picture is taken by photographer Heinrich Hoffmann and this signed picture never publically shown before.
Hitler was photographed with kids very frequently for propaganda purposes. The shocking thing in this picture is it seems he had a real empathy for the young girl. Rosa and her mother had joined the crowds outside the alpine of Hilter retreat Berghof in 1933 on his birthday.
It is thought that when he came to know that Rosa had the same birthday, he invited Rosa and her mother Karoline up to the house where these photographs were taken by photographer. Later it came to know that Karoline’s mother had been Jewish, making Rosa Jewish in the eyes of the Nazi state.
But this did not put off Hitler from carrying on his friendship with girl, who he had sent a signed copy of the photograph to girl. He wrote “The dear and [considerate?] Rosa Nienau Adolf Hitler Munich, the 16th June 1933”.
Later Rosa added her own stamp to the photo, and drawing flowers onto the black-and-white image. She wrote to Hitler at least on 17 occasions between 1935 and 1938.
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