From radio broadcasts to shrewdly composed photographs, the Nazi propaganda machine played a critical role in helping Adolf Hitler solidify power. And the messaging extended beyond posters and speeches and into Hitler’s domestic life. As these photos taken by Heinrich Hoffmann show, the Nazi regime used depictions of Hitler’s residences to project the image of a modern, sophisticated ruler.
Three of Hitler’s residences–his country home, the Berghof; his Munich apartment; and the official chancellor’s residence in Berlin–were all renovated in an attempt to portray him as an assured, worldly leader, rather than a trouble-making outsider, as Despina Stratigakos shows in the new book Hitler at Home, from which the images above are drawn. As one might expect, Hitler was personally involved in many of the decorating decisions.
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