A Hitler Signed Photo You'd Never Expect to See

Sometimes the prices of things baffle me. Last year, a telephone owned by Hitler, used to issue commands during World War II, sold at auction for $243,000. That’s insane. And when I saw a story that showed an auction house had an autographed photo of Hitler with his arms around a little Jewish girl, I figured that would go for a lot more than it did. It went for $11,520.

The girl is Rosa Bernile Nienau, and they met outside his house in 1933. Her and her mom were with a crowd in Bavaria, celebrating his birthday on April 20th. He found out her birthday was the same day, and he had his photographer and PR guy Heinrich Hoffman snap the photo.

The photo is inscribed by Adolf “The dear and consider Rosa Nienau, Adolf Hitler, Munich the 16th June 1933.” It was delivered to mom Karoline in Munich.

Apparently, Hitler found out the girl was Jewish at some point, but ignored that fact. They speculate it may have been for propaganda reasons, and they wanted to show that he liked children. But when Reichminister Martin Bormann learned that she lacked ‘pure’ German blood, he kept them at bay.

The two wrote letters until 1938, when Bormann also put an end to that, too. Many of the girl’s letters to Hitler and aide Wihelm Bruckner are in the German Federal Archives.

Rosa died at 17, from spinal polio. Somehow, the photo made its way to the U.S. and an auction house sold it.

Obviously, the name of the buyer was withheld.

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Comment by goodcat on November 15, 2018 at 9:15pm

Great write up man

Im not surprised by the numbers or the affections of Adolf

Ya I know what most folks think about Hitler but I have personal family experience stories that back up his sensitivity 

Crazy ya i know, but facts are facts

Comment by BG Meadows on November 17, 2018 at 1:12pm

It never ceases to astound me at the enduring fascination with Der Fuhrer. I just don't understand how such a paragon of evil commands those phenomenal numbers. 

Here's another photo of Hitler showing his "tender side" for $6900. 

Comment by posterguy on November 17, 2018 at 5:06pm

I did nazi it coming (actually , not surprised really)

He did make a huge impact on history in 1933-45 at least. Sadly weve not learned , even in 90s there were death camps in former Yugo or so Ive heard.

Speaking of evil men , never seen a bin Ladens and if it appeared itd be in arabic , would it not ?

Comment by posterguy on November 17, 2018 at 5:08pm

I think you could say hes one of the most famous persons to have ever lived , or maybe in top 10 ?

Comment by Joe W. on November 17, 2018 at 5:21pm

Infamous, you mean.....

Comment by Bruce Juice on November 17, 2018 at 5:57pm

Bad karma having a Hitler signed photo in your collection as I would never want anything he touched near me. Pure evil. 

Comment by goodcat on November 17, 2018 at 6:29pm

Yes Joe

Infamous is the correct term in this case

Comment by BG Meadows on November 17, 2018 at 6:32pm

I agree, Bruce Juice. My late father brought home a signed photo of Hitler after the war, which we didn't discover until after my father passed away. None of my sibling wanted it and I was too embarrassed to admit owning it or even having it framed. Nor would I have ever considered having it visible in my home So, I sent it to RR Auction to sell. The money realized I split with my siblings. 

Comment by goodcat on November 17, 2018 at 6:44pm

I removed my comment out of respect to Steve Cyrkin's wishes that this person not be discussed in the public sector

We now have a special private group for this

Lest We Forget

Comment by goodcat on November 17, 2018 at 6:46pm

I fought hard to get that group in place, so the least we could do is respect Steve's wishes

don't you all agree?

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