German Propaganda Archive Calvin University


Background: This is a booklet, actual size, of photographs of Hitler. People received upon donating to the Winterhilfswerk, the Nazi Party’s charity organization. Several dozen booklets of this nature were published during the Third Reich. The photographs are by Hitler’s favorite photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, who published numerous illustrated books featuring Hitler during the Third Reich.

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cover of the booklet Hitler greeted Hitler Hitler overlooking mountains
Hitler with fawn and child Hitler in front of flag Signing autographs
Looking out over mountains with local people looking out on mountains
signing autographs Hitler alone Hitler poses
Hitler with a child Hitler in the snow Hitler in a car

The following text is at the end of the booklet:

It is obvious that a man who is as involved in political affairs as the Führer must sacrifice his private life. Even if he wants occasionally to free himself from the pressure of daily affairs, political problems follow him even to the furthest corner of the German homeland. After all, everything in Germany both begins and ends with this man. Some people wonder why the Führer has chosen the Obersalzberg as his home. One who has been there understands that there is probably no place in Germany where, despite the nearness of the surrounding mountains, one has so wide and unhindered a view of the beauties of nature. The Führer lives here in the midst of the beauties of nature, a metaphor for human events. Here he writes his major speeches which affect not only Germany, but give new direction to events in the entire world. Far from the confusion and noise of everyday life, the seeking spirit, surrounded by the vastness of the landscape, finds the right paths for the people and Fatherland. As the mountains remain eternal despite the passing of millennia, so, too, the work the Führer has begun here will live for millennia in the history of his people.

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