Lost photos of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer (Polish 1939)

Lost 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.

Hugo Jaeger Biography

The story of the loss of color photos of Hugo Jaeger

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.

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

German major and Soviet lieutenant on the demarcation line near the city of Augustow

German major and Soviet lieutenant on the demarcation line near the city of Augustow. LIFE PICTURES

Polish soldiers captured during the Polish campaign of the Wehrmacht

Polish soldiers captured during the Polish campaign of the Wehrmacht.

Polish soldiers captured during the Polish campaign of the Wehrmacht.  LIFE PICTURES

Trophy Polish tank Renault FT 17

Trophy Polish tank Renault FT 17

Trophy Polish tank Renault FT 17. LIFE PICTURES

The bridge over the Bzura river near the town of Sohachev

The bridge over the Bzura river near the town of Sohachev.

The bridge over the Bzura river near the town of Sohachev. LIFE PICTURES

Polish refugees near Warsaw

Polish refugees near Warsaw.

Polish refugees near Warsaw. LIFE PICTURES

Polish refugees near Warsaw

Polish refugees near Warsaw. LIFE PICTURES

Burnt German tank in Warsaw

Burnt German tank in Warsaw

Burnt German tank in Warsaw. LIFE PICTURES

Women clean captured Polish rifles in Modlin Fortress

Women clean captured Polish rifles in Modlin Fortress

Women clean captured Polish rifles in Modlin Fortress. LIFE PICTURES

German citizens prepare for repatriation during invasion of Poland

German citizens prepare for repatriation during invasion of Poland

German citizens prepare for repatriation during invasion of Poland. LIFE PICTURES

Crossing at Modlin Fortress

Crossing at Modlin Fortress.

Crossing at Modlin Fortress. LIFE PICTURES

Source www.life.com

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