LIFE has released a collection of images from the personal collection of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s long-time girlfriend (and at the very end of their lives, wife). The photos were confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1945 and preserved by curator Reinhard Schulz. They paint Eva Braun as a woman who liked to party with friends and sunbathe, while also providing companionship for the most evil person in history. Some shots after the jump.
Sunbathing near Berchtesgaden in 1940. On September 1st, 1940, all of Germany’s Jews were forced to wear yellow stars for identification. Here, Eva wears a swimsuit:
Here she is in blackface as Al Jolson (By the way, if you are thinking of starting a punk band, “Eva Braun in Blackface” is a pretty good name):
At Hitler’s 54th birthday in 1943 (she is at the far left). Did his birthday wish come true? Yes, if he wished to shoot himself in the head in a Berlin bunker: