Hitler's Third Reich in 100 objects: The Führer's tiny moustache brush and long-johns of Rudolf Hess are among a hidden Nazi trove locked away for 75 years

Mail Online | 5/10/1941 | Paddy Dinham For Mailonline
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Rudolf Hess' long johns and a moustache comb belonging to Adolf Hitler are among a collection of 100 items that have been uncovered in an alternative look at the Third Reich.

Most of the items were confiscated by the British secret service for 'propaganda' purposes and have been locked away in the Imperial War Museum archives in London for the past 75 years.

Assortment - Memorabilia - Roger - Moorhouse - Book

The assortment of memorabilia will now feature in historian Roger Moorhouse's new book, The Third Reich in 100 Objects.

Hitler's Third Reich lasted only 12 years yet it continues to exert a macabre fascination long after its demise and the swastika is still daubed on walls by fascists today.

List - Hitler - Moustache - Brush - Bedroom

Included in the comprehensive list is Hitler's personal moustache brush which was taken from the bedroom of his Munich apartment after his death by his housekeeper Anni Winter.

Hitler carried around the 7cm horn-backed brush which according to his entourage was an integral part of his toiletry bag and travelled with him wherever he went.

Photographer - Heinrich - Hoffmann - Image - 'look

He worked hard with his photographer Heinrich Hoffmann to hone his public image in the 1920s and create a 'look' that would appeal to his audience.

Hitler wanted to be seen both as the stern, unyielding messiah of the German people and also the genial, unpretentious leader happy to pat small children and play with his dog.

Photograph - Glasses

He was so image-conscious that he would not allow any photograph of him wearing glasses to be published.

Another item highlighted in the book is Eva Braun's lipstick case, which was a gift from Hitler in 1938.

Gifts - Hitler - Watches - Jewellery - Trinkets

She was always immaculately dressed and often sported the latest gifts from Hitler be they gold watches, jewellery or trinkets.

Hitler's chief architect and subsequently his minister of war production Albert Speer designed a monogram for Braun combining her initials 'EB' into a four-leaf clover...
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