Never-before-seen color photographs of Adolf Hitler taken by Hugo Jaeger, the infamous Nazi leader's personal photographer, provide a bone-chilling look into the Nazi regime's war years and the personal life of Hitler himself.
Jaeger reportedly took thousands of photos, many of them in color, between 1936 and 1945. Now, LIFE.com has acquired some of the images for one of its galleries.
"Jaeger hid thousands of transparencies in a leather suitcase at the end of the war. The case was found by six US soldiers as they searched a house near Munich where he was staying but they were more interested in a bottle of cognac he had also slipped inside," according to the Telegraph.
Take a look at some of the unseen photographs below:
German Fuhrer and Reichskanzler (essentially Chancellor) Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) speaks at the Burgerbraukeller in Munich, Germany, November 8 or 9, 1938. The speech was part of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi, NSDAP) rememberance of their attempted 1923 coup d'etat known as the Beer Hall Putsch, (Photograph by Hugo Jaeger/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
To see some additional photos from Jaeger's collection, click here.