Hitlers unknown pictures
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At the same times as Hitler was preparing for his Third Reich he sat at home drawing characters from Disney's famous cartoon movie, "Snowhite &The Seven Dwarfs.

Just any auction somewhere in Bavaria: a picture quite simply signed "A. Hitler 40” goes under the hammer. It is not drawing much attention. In fact, nobody seems very interested.

All the owner of the aquarelle knows about the painting – which depicts a typical Bavarian style house nestled in a romantic, rural setting with very high mountain tops all around – is that it has been in her grandparens possession for as long as she can remember.

The woman says she found it stashed away in the attic when she cleaned house after her grandparents. She has no idea how it got there. A private collector from Norway gets the aquarelle for next to nothing. He has no idea that the purchase conceals four hidden secrets.

Sensational discovery

William Hakvaag, who is a director of a small, private war memorial museum in the idyllic Lofoten Islands in northern Norway. When Hakvaag removes the old frame, four drawings that have been tucked away between the aquarelle and the cardboard fall out.

An astonished museum director picks them up and sees that they are drawings of three of the dwarfs from Disney's "Snowhite & the Seven Dwarfs" and one of another beloved Disney character, Pinocchio.

All except "Pinocchio" are signed "A.H" But all four are drawn in
the exact same style and very well made. – The aquarelle of the Bavarian house is so typical of the way the artist Hitler used his painting tools that it just has to be by him, says Hakvaag.
– I have checked the artwork with a so-called
black light and all four drawings are old and seem to be from the war years.

If you are going to make a forgery of Hitler hoping to fool a future generation you wouldn't do it in such a manner. You don't just draw copies of Disney characters and hide them in a frame behind an aquarelle where they may never be found. And you
will not sign it done 1940.

Hakvaag got so excited by his discovery that he does more research into Adolf Hitler the man and finds he was very
interested in "Snowhite & the Seven Dwarfs", especially so because the movie is based on an old German fairytale.

– I discovered that Hitler thought this was one of the best
movies ever made. As a matter of fact, he was so in love
with it that he had his own copy of it for his private movie
theatre in Obersalzberg. It is said that the Fuehrer was furious that German movie makers could not make a movie that good.

Done with affection

For that reason Hakvaag believes Hitler sat down with pencil and paper to see if he at least could match Disney's drawings as well as the creators. – When you look at these drawings you realize they have been done with great affection, says Hakvaag.
– In two corners of the papers you can see little holes from the pins that kept them in place while the artist was working.

But one big question remains: why would Hitler, after putting
so much love and effort into his drawings, hide them?
Hakvaag has a theory: – These drawings seem to have been
done right before the war, I believe in 1938-39. The main waterpainting is sign A.Hitler 40 and is may bee his latest
painting. But only a few years later Germany was at war with practically everybody, including the US. And drawings of
American cartoons done by “der Führer” would not be
politically correct in Nazi circles.

The museum director thinks Hitler hid them because he
liked them, he thought he had done a great job and could
not bear to throw them out.

I think he just thought it better to hide them for posterity, concludes museum director, William Hakvaag. And on the back
of the old frame you can also find in his handwriting, “Kaudelhof Ob.Bayern”. (not quite sure about the first name)


The Second World War was in many ways the war of the
artists. Both Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Hitler's main adversaries, enjoyed painting as well. But Hitler's rejection at the School of Arts in Vienna is, of course, the most famous incident.

His primary affection was painting aquarelles. From 1908 to
1914 he made money both for himself and two room mates painting postcards and aquarelles from Vienna and Munich
that his room mates helped sell for him.

Hitler believes he must have painted more than a thousand pictures. His best sellers were aquarelles of churches. During weddings he would stand outside waiting for the wedding
guests peddling his artwork. But it didn't generate much

The future Führer also painted when he served as a soldier
in WWI. 21 paintings believed to be by Hitler have been discovered in Belgium.That collection was sold for
approximately 250 000 dollars at an auction in England
in 2006.

After the end of WWI he continued to paint, but not as
frequently as before. He even continued to paint after he
became head of state in 1933 – among them the exclusive
Disney characters now being displayed at Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum in northern Norway.

William Hakvaag
Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum Svolvær