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Poster of three-quarter length portrait of Hitler

Object | Accession Number: 1994.110.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Poster of three-quarter length portrait of Hitler
    Artwork Title
    Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1935
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front: Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuehrer [One people, one state, one leader.]
    Contributor
    Photographer: Heinrich Hoffmann
    Biography
    Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957) was a German photographer and Nazi propagandist. The son and nephew of photographers, he worked in the Hoppé studio in London before setting up in Munich as a portraitist and photojournalist. His photograph of cheering crowds on 2 August 1914 unwittingly captured the young Adolf Hitler, an event which would later benefit Hoffmann's career. Drifting to the far right after the First World War and revolutionary events in Bavaria, he joined the Nazi Party in 1920 and convinced an initially camera-shy Hitler of photography's political value. Hoffman’s assistant, Eva Braun, became Hitler’s mistress in 1930. After 1933, his virtual monopoly of Hitler photographs, as ‘the man who sees the Führer for us’, made him one of the Third Reich's major profiteers. His scenes of carefully constructed intimacy, presenting his master, especially in the regime's early years, as a clean-living, nature-loving man of the people, were massively disseminated. After 1945, though claiming to have been a mere chronicler of events, he was fined and imprisoned. His extensive photo archive survives, including photographs of German political and religious figures, as well as actors, painters, and musicians.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Lithographed poster on linen backing. Recto: three quarter length portrait of Adolf Hitler against a dark background with extremely subtle light framing his back. His body is slightly turned face right, resting right hand on his right hip and left elbow on chair back. He wears a dark green suit coat, cross (emblem) over left breast pocket and red armband on left bicep. He also wears tiny symbol, eagle holding swastika, on his necktie, just below the knot.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 46.500 inches (118.11 cm) | Width: 32.625 inches (82.868 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, linen
    Inscription
    front, lower right corner, black ink : Carl Werner Reichenbach I.V.

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    Provenance
    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-14 08:59:04
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