eva braun 1 Eva Braun's private photos released by LifeEva Braun sits on the terrace at Berghof, Hitler’s home in the Alps,
1942. A photography buff, she took many photos of daily life at Berghof;
note the camera by her side.

A collection of photographs has been found that belonged to Eva Braun, the longtime mistress and (for one day as they scrambled into the infamous bunker) wife of German dictator Adolf Hitler. This collection of rare and previously unseen photos comes from a cache of images confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1945 and brought to light by collector and curator Reinhard Schulz for Life magazine.

The photos depict her casually drinking tea around the grounds, commanding a row boat and posing in a swimsuit. It is a fascinating look at a woman most famous for committing suicide at the age of 33 via cyanide capsule alongside Hitler in a bunker when the Third Reich was falling.

All captions and photos courtesy of Life, view the full gallery here.

eva braun 2 Eva Braun's private photos released by LifeHitler disapproved of some of Braun’s habits such as smoking, wearing
makeup, skinny dipping, and nude sunbathing. Here, Braun, in a bathing
suit, relaxes by Konigssee lake in 1940.

eva braun 3 Eva Braun's private photos released by Life“My first carnival costume” wrote Braun underneath this 1928 photo.

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