Strange Series of Photographs Show Hitler Practicing His Body Language


If you’ve ever seen footage of infamous dictator Adolf Hitler giving one of his spirited speeches, you probably noticed the very ‘loud’ gestures that accompanied his tirades.

What you probably don’t know, however, is that Hitler meticulously practiced his body language and gestures, going so far as to having his private photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, take pictures so that he could review them later. The result is a series of odd images of the Führer striking some very strange poses.

Downtown Camera shared these images in a piece about the life of photographer Heinrich Hoffman, and they immediately captivated us.

The photographs seem almost Photoshopped at times, with Hitler looking more like a ballroom dancer or thespian than a ruthless leader in many of them. You can see the collection of photos for yourself below:






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Image credits: Photographs by Heinrich Hoffman

  • jaakewilson

    The last photo is Macklemore

  • Gannon Burgett

    Wow. It really is.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Looks like bad PR images for a magician.

  • Neato!

    It’s like performance art.

  • Sarpent

    Those photographs are just waiting to appear all over the net with speech bubbles.

  • Daniel Eoin Duarte

    Hitler, like all of the other bad dudes had an ill haircut… just sayin’

  • Morne

    My imagination dictated that I do it.

  • Mike

    Well, that’s going straight to the comedy goldmine at SA.

  • Eli Bishop

    Ol’ Adolph “Jazz Hands” Hitler.

  • Paul Deannini

    The last one should be, “Swanee, how I love ya, how I love ya!”

  • Kynikos

    “Vich of zees angles makes my singular teesticle look larger?”

  • Vin Weathermon

    Oh goody. More Nazi PR.

  • Eric Frame


  • gigacore

    Everyone’s a comedian, these comments are painful, macklemore??

  • Randy Marsh

    So campy..

  • Gvido Mūrnieks

    For past years, I have read quite a few books about body language, public speech and leadership.
    Personally, I see Hitler, as a person, from whom we can learn a lot, when it comes to charisma building and leadership.

  • Burnéd Shoés
  • Burnin Biomass

    No, there are far better examples. You can learn far more from President Reagan. Reagan once told a reporter “I’m the first president that knows what he looks like from every angle”. With his training in acting, he was far better.

  • Jared Van Bergen

    Lol Morne…

  • Jawsphobia

    The question is – do these make him seem any crazier?

  • ones_karen

    my Aunty
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  • ThatGuy

    You win!

  • eastcoast_beachguy

    What a well practiced speaker

  • Guest

    failed artist, failed dictator, failed nba star..

  • Richard Gearon

    I had already figured out that Herr Schicklegruber must have practiced his gesticulations before springing them on his adoring masses, but these photos are priceless. Check out OUR current dictator-in-chief (DIC), Obama, when he gives a speech. His hands NEVER stop moving. The DIC doesn’t gesticulate with the exuberance of Hitler but does it ALL THE TIME with more subtle movements. With all of the modern motion-capture techniques available, Obama wins the contest “hands down.” What’s next, blue-screens and CGG?

  • Rifrug

    It is

  • Nate Blank

    Seen that last one before. Whatever Hitler was an amazing person. All that he has done in his life span. Truly amazing. Sure, sure he killed millions, but what is death to this generation? Death is on the news 24/7. It’s not the big deal that it use to be. Hitler did great things. Terrible yes, but great.

  • Nate Blank

    I believe he was a pretty successful Dictator and if it weren’t for his drug addiction he would had been a successful World leader.

  • Glorbin Highbit

    I want to see more and more of these photoshopped and memes. They’re hilarious and I knew people would be doing it!! :)

  • Damien De Franco

    Pretty disturbed way of admiring one of the least admirable people in history.

  • Nate Blank

    History is wrong. The man turn a nation of lost souls in the Worlds most dominating force. Just simply Amazing.