Photos of Adolf Hitler Practicing Hand Gestures for Use in Speeches

These cartoonish yet creepy photos are just a few of the approximately two million images of Adolf Hitler captured by his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffman. The poses were intended for use in his future sturm und drang public speeches. Hitler actually went so far as to label some of his gestures by their intended effect, such as “gebieterisch” (domineering) or “kämpferisch” (pugnacious).  

Hitler ordered Hoffman to destroy the photographs, but Hoffman disobeyed the order, and the shots were found in the photographer's archives when they were seized by law enforcement. Read more at Dangerous Minds.




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