New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photo of Hugo Jaeger 1941

New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photo of Hugo Jaeger 1941

In December 1941, a party was held in Munich for SS officers and junkers on the occasion of Christmas: it is true that instead of angels there were swastikas, and instead of St. Nicholas – Odin.

These photos were taken by Hugo Jaeger, one of Hitler’s personal photographers. Unlike many other photographers of that time, Hugo Jaeger used color technology of photography in 1941. At the end of the war, Hugo Jaeger hid his photographs in glass jars underground, they remained there for ten years. About 2000 photos with Adolf Hitler he kept in a bank cell. Read about it in the article. In 1965, Hugo Jaeger sold them to Life magazine, but they were not published. Only in 2009 they were published in online galleries.

Nazi Christmas. Photo in color

Today we bring to your attention color photographs of the New Year corporate party with Adolf Hitler. (Life Magazine, 1941)

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year's party of the Nazis in Munich

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

A Nazi Christmas party was held at the Lowenbraukeller restaurant in Munich on December 18, 1941. The celebration was attended not only by Hitler and the generals, but also by the SS junker.

However, Nazi Christmas was significantly different from traditional. The Fuhrer ordered to replace the Christian face of St. Nicholas with the figure of the ancient German god Odin. Christmas itself was presented as a pagan holiday of the winter solstice.

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year's party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

The party decoration in Munich was also in keeping with the Fuhrer’s attitudes. So, Christmas trees were decorated with swastikas, iron crosses and symbols, and on the tables were plates with cookies of a characteristic shape.

The author of the pictures – one of Hitler’s personal photographers Hugo Jaeger – at the end of the war, hid his shots in glass jars and buried them near Munich to ward off suspicion.

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year's party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year's party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

Color photos of Hugo Jaeger. New Year’s party of the Nazis in Munich. Photos from Life Magazine

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    Stalin 3 months

    Very interesting post, as for me.

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