Auction 100

Lot 36:


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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $200 - $300

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Rare original first photograph of Adolf Hitler as newly named Reichskanzler (Reich Chancellor) and his closest collaborators. A photographic document of historic importance, taken on 30 January, 1933 at 2 P.M. at the Hotel Kaiserhof, Berlin, the provisional headquarter of the National-socialist party, after Paul von Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler chancellor of Germany. Rare surviving photographic document showing ERNST ROEHM directly behind Hitler as ‘chief of staff of the S.A. Hauptmann Roehm’ (Stabschef der S.A. Hauptmann Roehm). After the Night of the Long Knife and the execution of Ernst Roehm, all evidence of his person was erased, going so far as him being retouched out of this photograph. Subsequent images published after July 1934 show him missing from this group photo, Rudolf Hess however remained in the photograph. The caption on the back is partially incorrect, shown in the photo from left to right are: OTTO WAGENER, WILHELM KUBE, HANNS KERRL, JOSEPH GOEBBELS, ADOLF HITLER, ERNST ROEHM, HERMANN GOERING, WALTHER DARRE, HEINRICH HIMMLER, RUDOLF HESS, seated WILHELM FRICK. A Heinrich Hoffman photograph, 7 x 5 inches, with press caption attached to the back, Presse-Photo GMBH, Berlin. Very good. The last image in the catalog is just for reference.