24 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
Hitler photo with Jewish girl and Einstein letter sold in auctions E-mail

A photograph of Adolf Hitler hugging a child with Jewish roots and a letter by Albert Einstein predicting the rise of Nazi anti-Semitism each fetched five-figure sums at separate auctions last month.

The photograph, dated 1933, was sold for US$11,520 at the Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, CNN reported. It shows Rosa Bernile Nienau, whose grandmother was Jewish, being hugged by the Nazi leader outside his home in Bavaria, the sellers said. Hitler signed the photo with an inscription to Nienau. He had met the girl at his birthday party in Bavaria that year, when she was about six years old. They were both born on 20 April.

Hitler and Nienau exchanged several letters. Nienau’s mother, Karoline, was a nurse and an acquaintance of Hitler, and had taken her daughter to his birthday party, where they bonded, the auction house said, based on research. “The dear and (considerate?) Rosa Nienau Adolf Hitler Munich, the 16th June 1933,” read the caption on the picture. It was delivered to Nienau’s mother in Munich.

“Research shows that even early on, Hitler became aware of the girl’s Jewish heritage but chose to ignore it, either for personal or propaganda reasons,” the auction house said in the description of the item.

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