Bavaria, Germany

items from Charles T. Craton, Jr. (C Co, 1st BN; H Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, Jan 45-Nov 45)
Hochlenzer, Obersaltzberg Postcard

Hochlenzer, Obersaltzberg postcard

In May 1945, while Charles Craton, Jr. (C Co, 1st BN; H Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR) was stationed
in the village of Berchtesgaden, he picked up the following photos of Adolph Hitler's 55th
55th birthday celebration in the dining room of The Berghof (Hitler's home at Berchtes-
gaden) on April 20, 1944. The Berghof was NOT the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's retreat built
on the top of Kehlstein Mountain, overlooking the Berchtesgaden area.

(L-R): Herta Schneider, Martin Bormann, Eva Braun, Otto Dietrich, unknown, Dr. Hans Von
Hasselbach, Gretl Braun
(Eva Braun's sister), Dr. Karl Brandt (Hitler's personal surgeon), Anni
and Heinrich Hoffmann (Hitler's official photographer, who took more than two and half
million pictures glorifying Hitler)


Heinrich Hoffmann shows off a newly acquired painting for Hitler's art collection.
The tall officer is Walter Frentz, a staff photographer of the Nazi Press Organization.


In the Berghof dining hall


Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun look over the painting.


The other birthday presents were displayed on the table.

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