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Hitler’s personal photographer and friend Heinrich Hoffmann captured a series of embarassing photographs of the Nazi dictator after his request, rehearsing speeches in various ways. Hitler was extremely self-conscious about his appearance and wanted to experiment with different expressions and gestures, before reviewing Hoffmann’s shots to see if he looks persuasive or ridiculous. Though Hitler ordered Hoffmann to destroy the pictures for being “beneath one’s dignity,” the photographer decided to keep them in his studio. He later published the photos in his memoir, Hitler Was My Friend.

via Mashable

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Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945), leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), strikes a pose for photographer Heinrich Hoffmann whilst listening to a recording of his own speeches. After seeing the photographs, Hitler ordered Hoffmann to destroy the negatives, but he disobeyed. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Getty Images)

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All images ©HEINRICH HOFFMANN/GETTY IMAGES

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