Eva Braun in never-before-seen images: ‘Creepily, even intimately familiar’

March 10, 2011

(Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

Life.com has released a collection of photos of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s longtime companion, and for a short time before the two committed suicide, his wife. The images were confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1945 and brought to light by collector and curator Reinhard Schulz. “They provide a window into an era and a culture that feels light years away, and creepily, even intimately familiar” Ben Cosgrove writes at Life.

Eva was an unpretentious companion for the Nazi leader, but also a woman at once frivolous and vain -- unsurprising characteristics, perhaps, in a former teenage model, but striking in a figure long associated with the darkest chapters of the 20th century.

Some of the more disturbing images show Braun in blackface dressed as Al Jolson and a portrait of Hitler’s floating face in her living room.

See the full gallery here.

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