Der Berghof
Photo Card Album

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 three copies of this photo card album from
a table at The Berghof (Hitler's home at Berchtesgaden). Charles kept the album auto-
graphed by Adolph Hitler, but he gave away the other two albums, one of which he donat-
ed to the 506th Association.

album donated to 506th Association by Charles T. Craton, Jr.
(C Co, 1st BN; H Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, Jan 45-Nov 45)

Front Cover
Front cover of the 9-3/4"x 6-3/4" Der Berghof photo card album, containing
twelve 5-7/8"x 4-1/8" color postcard views of Hitler's Berchtesgaden home.

Der Berghof Overview

The first postcard shows what Der Berghof looked like before the Royal Air Force bombed it on
April 25, 1945. The Berghof was NOT the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's retreat built on the top of
Kehlstein Mountain, overlooking the Berchtesgaden area.

Each postcard is mounted on a separate album page, with a sheet of tissue paper between each of
the pages to protect the color photo cards. Text on the back of each card reads:

Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, Munich

(Published by Heinrich Hoffman, Munich), but additional descriptive text on each postcard is only
partially readable because the top of each card is glued to its album page.

Great Hall

Blid aus ber grossen Halle aus ben Unterberg
(Great Hall view of Unterberg Mountain)

Living Room/Sitting Room

Wohnzimmer (Living Room/Sitting Room)

Hitler's Study

Arbeitszimmer des Fuhrers (Hitler's Study)

Dining Room
Dining Room: Charles Craton also picked up photos of the April 20, 1944
celebration of Hitler's 55th birthday in this dining room.

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This page updated 04/06/13