Check Out This Rare Red Curtain Leica IIIc with Nazi Engravings On It


Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter recently stumbled across a very rare Leica IIIc Red Curtain Rangefinder — rare because it comes complete with Nazi engravings on it. And though these Nazi symbols were not placed on the camera by Leica themselvesthe company actually helped Jews flee Nazi Germany during the Holocaust — it’s still a fascinating camera find.

There are actually a number of these Nazi-marked Leicas around, but this one in particular features an ‘M’ underneath the Nazi party’s symbol, which denotes it was meant for someone in the Navy. As Bellamy explains in the camera listing, the engraving was likely done by a third-party — such as a jeweler — for the owner of the camera.


However, despite the Leica most certainly being real, he believes that the engraving itself was done after the original trend of engraving cameras with Nazi symbols had ended, effectively making this model a fake. His reasoning? He tells The Phoblographer that the font used for the engraving is different than the ones used at the time the trend was popular.

Regardless, it’s still a rare, interesting find. Here are a few more images Hunt was kind enough to share with us:




To find out more about this and other items Hunt has up for sale on Japan Camera Hunter, head over to the JCH store by clicking here.

(via The Phoblographer)

Image credits: Photographs by Bellamy Hunt and used with permission

  • Zos Xavius

    I have a friend that has an original Nazi modified Leica. His grandfather brought it back from the war, so I kind of doubt it was faked. I wonder what it would be worth.

  • Burnin Biomass

    “Nazis. I hate these guys.”

  • sue

    This was my grandfathers from I believe the 30’s. Don’t know much about.

  • Anomouse

    It could have simply been a different jeweler engraved it….

  • Matti R

    “I hate Illinois Nazis…” (Jake)

  • Zos Xavius

    True. I was looking through pictures and it seems that these had all sorts of different engravings. There was a luftwaffe edition for instance.

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  • Nátrium-tioszulfát

    I don’t know why is this important.

    Leica with nazi symbols = 100% FAKE!

    The very famous Luftwaffe Edition is also free from every emblem of the nazis. The only difference is the “Luftwaffe Eigentum” (“Property of the Luftwaffe”) engraving on it and the dark green military painting.

  • Jinx

    A month or so ago I saw at least a dozen of these on ebay. While they look nice enough, authentic?……. I doubt it.

  • Jeremiah True

    I have one of these but in much rougher condition and no Nazi marks. It has the red curtain though.