Hugo Jaeger – personal photographer of Adolf Hitler
In this article, you will learn about biography of one of the most famous figures of the 40s in the world of photography, the person who first began to massively use a color camera and take color photos. This person is Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer – Hugo Jaeger.
Hugo Jaeger Biography
Hugo Jaeger was born on January 18, 1900 in Munich and died on January 1, 1970
At the beginning of his career, Hugo Jaeger was an assistant to the personal photograph of Hitler – Heinrich Hoffmann, so Hugo had access to Hitler himself and his closest associates in the party (NSDAP) and army (Wehrmacht/SS/Luftwaffe/Kriegsmarine), which allowed him to take the most original, high-quality and relevant photos of the entire top of the Third Reich at that time. During the Second World War he participated as a photographer in the propaganda campaigns of the Third Reich.
Among the famous German photojournalists of his time, Hugo Jaeger was one of the first to take color photographs. Created by him in 1938-1944, a collection of several thousand color (about 2000 pieces) photographs was sold by Hugo Jaeger to the American Life magazine in 1970 and is currently owned by Timelife Pictures. Since 2008, these photographic materials have become available online for the general public.
The uniqueness of the Hugo Jaeger photo collection lies in the fact that his color photographs capture an entire era of European history (1938-1944), documented many of the most important historical events and conveyed the atmosphere of that time. In particular, whole series of photographs by Jaeger show the Anschluss of Austria and the occupation of the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia in 1938, numerous military parades in Berlin and Rome, scenes of the military campaign in Poland (1939) and on the Western Front (1940), military days of Bulgaria and Romania (1941). Particularly dramatic are the photographs of everyday life in occupied Warsaw and the Warsaw ghetto taken in the autumn of 1939.
Death and Heritage
Hugo Jaeger died on January 1, 1970.
Life.com posted photos to mark the 65th anniversary of D Day in June 2009. The site posted photos in four separate online galleries:
1938 – Hitler greeted German troops at Adolf-Hitler-Platz
1941 – Nazi leader attending a Christmas party
1939 – Hitler at the International Automobile Exhibition held in Berlin
1939 – Hitler on a cruise ship
Soon, articles with these photos will appear on our site
In the years 1939-1940, Hugo Jaeger made a series of color photographs of Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and Kutno (Poland). In 1945, when the war was nearing its end, Hugo hid his photographs in a leather suitcase. When inspected by American soldiers, the photographer was afraid of being arrested for taking pictures of a man whom the whole world hated. However, when the soldiers opened the suitcase, their attention was distracted by a bottle of cognac.
Jeager later placed all the pictures in 12 glass jars and buried them near Munich. In 1955, the photographer returned to that place, dug up photographs and placed them in a bank. In 1965, Jeager sold them to LIFE magazine. These photos are truly unique; you can see a whole historical era in color on them. We have posted them on our website:
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