Lost color photos of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer (Polish 1939)
These color photos were taken by Hugo Jeager, a former personal photographer for Adolf Hitler. He traveled with the future Nazi leader in the years preceding his reign, as well as during World War II. Jeager was among the first ones who started shooting in color. This article shows interesting color photos of a Polish company of 1939.
The story of the loss of color photos of Hugo Jaeger
In 1945, when the war was nearing its end, Hugo Jeager hid his color photos 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.
Interesting and unique color photos of the Polish Wehrmacht campaign in 1939 of Hugo Jaeger
German major and Soviet lieutenant on the demarcation line near the city of Augustow
Polish soldiers captured during the Polish campaign of the Wehrmacht
Trophy Polish tank Renault FT 17
The bridge over the Bzura river near the town of Sohachev
Polish refugees near Warsaw
Burnt German tank in Warsaw
Women clean captured Polish rifles in Modlin Fortress
German citizens prepare for repatriation during invasion of Poland
Crossing at Modlin Fortress
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