An incredible album shows Hitler rehearsing for his hate-filled monologues using a range of bizarre expressions and hand gestures
The method behind the madness of Hitler's infamous rousing speeches has been revealed in an album of extraordinary photographs.
The incredible pictures show the dictator rehearsing for his hate-filled monologues using a range of bizarre expressions and hand gestures.
The nine photos were taken by his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann to give the 'showman' Fuhrer an insight into how he looked to the German public.
The nine photos were taken by his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann to give the 'showman' Fuhrer an insight into how he looked to the German public Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098223/Pictures-Hitler-rehearsing-hate-filled-speeches.html#ixzz3ABkENHzK Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Once he saw them, he would vet the pictures and decide whether to incorporate the various animated movements in his engagements
Once he saw them, he would vet the pictures and decide whether to incorporate the various animated movements in his engagements.
The pictures, taken in the late 1920s, show Hitler pointing at a pretend audience, raising a clenched fist, opening his palms as if imploring a crowd to stand up and frowning angrily.
A separate photo shows him in an absurdly camp pose, wearing lederhosen and leaning against a tree.
The Nazi monster later banned it from being published for being 'beneath one's dignity'.
Another image has him staring seriously at the camera wearing an SA cap - which he never wore again upon seeing the ridiculous pictures.
The photos, which were never intended to be seen, survived the war and have now been published alongside a range of portraits of Hitler, from the chilling to the comical.
Another image has him staring seriously at the camera wearing an SA cap - which he never wore again upon seeing the ridiculous pictures
The vetoed photos were stored in Hoffmann's studio until his arrest at the end of the war, whereupon they disappeared into various archives.
They were later published in his little-known memoir, Hitler Was My Friend, in the 1950s and have now been released in English to be seen by the general public.
They capture the meticulous training Hitler undertook to perfect his famous speeches, and give a rare insight into his vanity and controlling personality.
Photographer Heinrich Hoffmann (above), who introduced Hitler to his then-studio assistant Eva Braun, survived the war and spent four years in prison for Nazi profiteering. He died in 1957, aged 72
Roger Moorhouse, a historian who wrote the introduction to the new book, said: 'It makes perfect sense that he would be doing this.
'We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon, but he had a lot of charisma and his speeches made people sincerely believe he would lead them back to greatness.
'He was an absolutely spellbinding public speaker and these pictures show that it was something he worked very hard on.
'When you listen to his speeches now, he sounds like a ranting, raving maniac, but we know that it came across in a very persuasive way.
'These pictures give an important insight into how he practised. He was a showman and rehearsed his gestures to get a particular reaction from his audiences.
'He experimented with his own image and asked Hoffmann to take photographs for him to review. Then he'd look at them and say "no, that looks silly" or "I'm never doing that again".
'He used Hoffmann as a sounding board, but never intended the images to be published.
'He was a very modern politician in that way. He was concerned about how he looked and his public persona.'
The photos were later published in Hoffman's little-known memoir, Hitler Was My Friend, in the 1950s and have now been released in English
The Fuhrer and the power of oratory
The audience had already been kept waiting over an hour for his arrival into the hall.
When it came to making speeches, the Fuhrer was a master of manipulation and presentation.
In the early years of his rise to power, he often spoke in Beer Halls - and tailored his style of talking accordingly as the crowds became more inebriated.
He would begin precisely, logically and in a restrained manner.
But as his audience warmed to him - and had drunk more - he would launch into a ranting, raving, almost hypnotic speech style.
Hitler was fascinated by mesmerism and even hired a voice trainer to hone this talent.
By 1932, German production had fallen by half, with 6million unemployed during the depression.
So in order to sway the masses, Hitler would speak of his vision of a 'great national revival'.
And his largest asset was his oratory.
Egon Hanfstaengl, the son of Hitler's foreign press officer, said during a recent documentary, Fatal Attraction Of Hitler: 'He had that ability which is needed to make people stop thinking critically and just emote.
'The ability derived from his readiness to throw himself totally open - to appear bare and naked before his audience, to tear open his heart and display it.'
And he displayed well. In his carefully orchestrated public addresses, with its grand ritual and sense of unity, Hitler gave the people what they wanted.