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Rarely seen color photographs of the Third Reich by Der Fuhrer's own beloved personal photographer Hugo Jaeger give a startling glimpse into the larger than life celebrations from Hitler's heinous reign.Jaeger collected took nearly 2,000 as he traveled with the loathed dictator during the late 1930s and 40s.Hitler loved the photographer's work and even commented on first seeing Jaeger's photos: 'The future belongs to color photography.'Thankfully, the future did not belong to Hitler. Though, the prints survive because Jaeger successfully buried his film, as the Americans closed in at the end of the war, for fear his friendship with Hitler would get him arrested.Jaeger remained free and by the 1970s he'd been able to retrieve all his film along with their simultaneously brilliant and revolting content. He sold the prints to LIFE, who wrote of Jaeger's upon the publication of his work: 'We do not usually give so much space to the work of men we admire so little.'
Rarely seen color photographs of the Third Reich by Der Fuhrer's own beloved personal photographer Hugo Jaeger...
They got the number of SS wrong. It was way more than 50,000. Hell, the Waffen SS had over 900,000 men on its rolls by 1945.