Eva Anna Paula Braun was born in Munich, Germany, on 6 February, 1912. When she was just 17 years old, she found work assisting the photographer Heinrich Hoffmann, whose task it was to officially document the increasingly powerful Nazi Party. Inevitably, this role soon brought her in contact with Adolf Hitler.
By 1932, Hitler and Braun had become lovers. And the following year Braun took a position as a photographer alongside Hoffman. In this capacity, Hitler’s mistress was able to travel alongside him in the years leading up to World War II.
Despite two suicide attempts by Braun, Hitler’s relationship with her survived against the odds. In April 1945, as the Allied forces closed in on Berlin, Braun joined Hitler in his bunker beneath the city. And on April 30 she was at her lover’s side as the pair took their own lives.
Less than a month after the deaths of Hitler and Braun, British photographer Edward Dean found himself in Berlin. With him were BBC war correspondent Richard Dimbleby and an unidentified Russian soldier. Together, the trio forced their way into Braun’s bedroom.
Armed with a bayonet, the Russian soldier managed to gain access to a locked drawer in Braun’s chambers. Inside, they found something so incredible it still fascinates the world decades later. It was a photograph album, filled with snapshots of Hitler and his closest allies.