Newly released photos of Hitler's wife
Eva Braun poses behind an umbrella in 1940. Braun was a model as a teenager.
March 10th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Newly released photos of Hitler's wife

Life.com has obtained a set of newly released photos from the personal albums of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's longtime girlfriend and, in their final hours, wife.

The photos "reveal new dimensions" of the woman who married Hitler as the Russian army closed in on his Berlin bunker and then committed suicide with him a day later. He was 56. She was 33.

The 30 photos cover almost all of Braun's life, from images of her as a toddler and schoolgirl to her spending time with Hitler at his mountaintop retreat in the Alps.

Among the most interesting images are those of Braun posing seemingly naked behind an umbrella and her made up as American actor Al Jolson in his role in "The Jazz Singer."

The photos come from "a cache of images confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1945 and brought to light by collector and curator Reinhard Schulz," Life.com reports.

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  1. Ray

    "Seemingly" naked, yes they have a careful way with words. My question is who owns the rights to those photos, were those rights purchased, or are the photos considered spoils of war or looted material?

    March 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MIKE

    why do people always complain about the articles saying it's not news, but they read it and comment about it. if its not news to you DON'T READ IT!!!!!!!. go to the next one!!!!!

    It's good to read about history, that makes and impact in the present and can help you construct a better future based on past experiences!.

    Read about NASCAR, now that's great news!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lola

    The most chilling photo in the collection is this self-deluded narcissist in blackface. Next up is her school photo, in which she looks like the cat who ate the canary, in a row of grim-faced girls.

    Anyone catch the detail that Hitler took his own niece as a lover?

    March 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allen

    it doesnt matter if CNN shows historical things on their website. Its for people that want to know whats going on in the world and the historical things that are revealed. CNN is viewed by a huge variety of people that have interests in certain things. So i dont see why people complain about stupid things like this. would you like it if people didnt show things you were interested in? CNN tries to please all varieties of people. why else would they have so many stories?

    March 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lola

    Guys...the reason CNN has these bits linking to Life Magazine is that they ...get this...link to Life Magazine. It's to get you to click over. Been using the Internet long?

    March 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mitchell

    Ew he hit that?

    March 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dwight Stegall

    That girl could scare the brass off of a door knob. )

    March 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TI

    we need to realize these were human beings, if we associate them with the pure concept of evil then we forget and never learn that we as a society have been capable of this destruction for centuries.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grenades

    landmine.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Common Sense

    6 million more,6 million more!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DUMB

    HEY CNN HOW ABOUT YOU TAKE THE TIME AND REPORT ON THE CURRENT WAR.....MAYBE A STORY ABOUT A SOLDIER THAT DIED FIGHTING FOR OUR OWN COUNTRY....WHO CARES ABOUT SOME NAZI THAT KILLED HERSELF 60+ YEARS AGO?????

    March 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      GO see why they DIE ..see it in Collateral Murder on U -Tube ....ALL clear now sonny boy !!

      March 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bonobo

    We need more stories about Hitlers underpants.. Cnn, get on it!!! Come on!!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    You just can't fix stupid...as some of the comments here today prove.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DrMabuse

    I wonder what that umbrella was made out of.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OvernOut

    I was on that terrace in the photos, way back when I was a college kid. It is open to the public, not as a Hitler or Nazi shrine, but as a great place to view the Alps. I had the worst camera, it took 110 cartridge film, and my photos still came out ok. I was not a history major, and I did not fully appreciate the history behind that terrace at that time. It's better to know than not know.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff CO

      What exactly does your college photos have to do with this story?

      March 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sighing

      @Jeff:

      His point is that he now has a better appreciation of his college photos, because he now knows the historical significance of that location. Now what ELSE do you need for someone to explain to you...?

      March 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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