a 1937 candid camera snapshot by Eva
at right -- click images to enlarge
THIS is an original deckle-edged
private snapshot of Adolf Hitler
labelled in ink as being taken "by Eva
Braun on August 12, 1937" wagging an
admonishing finger at somebody out of
sight. It is personalized front and back
by Eva Braun with a dedication dated Sept.
20, 1937. It was given to Frau Lina
Braunmüller, a local hospital
worker, by Eva Braun. Mrs.
Braunmüller also worked for Hitler
and was a personal friend of Eva's; Sept.
20 was Lina's birthday -- it was a
birthday gift from Eva. Lina died in 1999.
The picture was (and still is) kept
between the pages of her
Arbeitsbuch (work log) with a
swastika on the cover [see image at
left]. All her work attendance
dates are handwritten inside the log;
several positions are mentioned in it
ranging from sales clerk, when she first
started, to hospital work in 1943. There
are also Radio activities mentioned; the
log will stay with the picture.
That these items are authentic, there
is no doubt.
Although these items are not yet on the
market, the Arbeitsbuch will
probably soon be for sale with the
hitherto unkown Hitler photo, and a
picture of Lina Braunmüller.
that Eva signs the dedication to Lina
using the familiar ("Deine") form rather
than "Ihre", the formal German version, as
they were close friends.
IN the National Archives, Washington
DC, there is a 1935 diary by Eva Braun
which she herself faked when trying to woo
Hitler into inviting her to live
permanently up at his home (roughly, "If
he doesn't invite me, I shall kill myself"
-- she then faked a suicide attempt to
frighten Hitler, successfully, into
issuing the invitation). Yup, that's how
women scheme. I also have a good copy of
one of her earlier exercise books, and one
in which she wrote in her own handwriting
a film script on her life.
Her photo albums -- captured in 1945 by
a CIC agent, the late Robert
A Gutierrez -- are in the National
Archives, and they show that she took many
candid pictures; but this is one of the
best I have seen.
website dossier on Eva Braun | and