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Hitler in his Mountains

Scarce Berghof and Obersalzberg photo documentary book.

The 86 b/w photos in this book provide an overview about the "unofficial" life of Adolf Hitler. Many of the photos
were taken on the Berghof, Hitlers mountain residence on the Obersalzberg, other photos show Hitler with
mountain farmers, with visitors on the Berghof, people he met on his walks in the stunning nature but also Hitler
alone, kicking back and reading the paper, throwing sticks for his dog and so on. Many show Nazi personalities
other than the Fuhrer, such as his dog Blondie, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring, Dr. Fritz Todt, Deputy Führer
Rudolf Hess, Professor Albert Speer, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Baldur von Schirach, children, the elderly, etc.

Hardcover

  • 96 pages
  • 86 b/w photos

In very good exterior and near fine interior condition.
Faint foxing to edges, otherwise ok. With nice period gift inscription from a NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter [Schillerplatz Berlin] on free front endpaper.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 10-1/2" x 7-1/2" ~0.7 lbs.


Published by Time History
w/ photo contribution by H.H.







Background Info:
The Berghof was Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany.
The Berghof was developed in stages from a much smaller house, named "Haus Wachenfeld". "Haus Wachenfeld" was a vacation home built by a businessman from Buxtehude, Otto Winter. Winter's widow originally rented the house to Hitler for 100 reichsmarks in 1928. In 1933 Hitler was eventually able to purchase the house with funds he received through the sale of his political book Mein Kampf. The site is breathtakingly scenic. The valley below appears by illusion to be a lake almost at one's feet. It was located lower down the same mountain as the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagles Nest, which Hitler rarely visited due to his fear of heights. A large complex of mountain homes for the Nazi leadership (along with many buildings for their security and support staff) was constructed nearby.

The Berghof's great room featured a picture window which could be lowered into the wall below, opening the space to the outdoors and sweeping mountain view. Hitler considered the Berghof his home. He and Eva Braun spent much time there during the 1930s and his last known visit was in July 1944.

Severe damage was inflicted on the Berghof during an RAF bombing raid on April 25, 1945. The Berghof was set on fire on May 4, 1945 by retreating SS guards as the Allies approached and the contents were reportedly looted by Allied soldiers and officers.

The Berghof was connected to the Platterhof Hotel by a series of complex bunkers deep in the mountain, a superb example of underground engineering built at great speed and powered by a subterranean engine like the one remaining at the Eagle's Nest. The government of Bavaria gradually destroyed or buried almost every trace of the Berghof and the site is now overgrown with evergreen trees. The Hotel Platterhof, where many Nazi officers stayed while visiting Hitler, has also been destroyed. Some of the underground structures can be toured from the new German Documentation Center as well as the old Zum Türken Hotel which borders the complex of ruins. By 2005 Berchtesgaden, with its spectacular scenery, had been largely redeveloped for the tourist industry.

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