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FRAGMENTS | Hugo Jaeger

Hugo Jaeger served as a "special military photographer" who accompanied Hitler from the pre-war era until the war's devastating conclusion. Distinguishing himself from most photographers of the time, Jaeger possessed access to Kodak color film and employed a stereoscopic camera capable of capturing three-dimensional photographs.


As the Allies made advances into Germany towards the war's end, Jaeger became apprehensive that his extensive collection of photographs would expose his close association with the oppressive regime. Consequently, he took great care to conceal the images, going to great lengths to safeguard them.


In 1955, he meticulously sealed the photographs in twelve glass jars and buried them in a location outside of Munich. To ensure their future retrieval, Jaeger created a detailed map indicating their whereabouts. A decade later, he unearthed the photographs and placed them in safekeeping within a Swiss bank.


In 1965, Jaeger made the decision to sell the collection to "Life" magazine. However, it was not until 2009 that the photographs were finally published, revealing their historical significance to the world.




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