Monthly Archives: January 2013

Squalid sofa where Hitler and Eva Braun sat as they killed themselves revealed in photos released for the first time

Black and white images taken by the first Western photographer to enter the squalid bunker where Hitler and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves have been compiled in a LIFE.com gallery for the first time. 

Many of the photos did not make the final cut for the special edition published immediately after the war in 1945, but have been flagged up now after a trawl through the magazine’s archives. 

Photographer William Vandivert was the first Western snapper to be granted access into the bunker carved beneath the pompous Reich Chancellery which was reduced to brickdust by Allied bombs and Russian artillery shells.  

Traces of the dictator: War correspondents examining the arm of sofa stained with blood which might have been Eva Braun's, while one of them uses a candle to search the floor for evidence of suicide in Adolf Hitler's underground shelter

Traces of the dictator: War correspondents examining the arm of sofa stained with blood while one of them uses a candle to search the floor for evidence of suicide in Adolf Hitler’s underground shelter

 
HQ: Adolf Hitler's command center conference room partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians, in bunker under the Reichschancellery after Hitler's suicide

HQ: Adolf Hitler’s command center conference room partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians, in bunker under the Reichschancellery after Hitler’s suicide

 

 
Office: Burned and scattered papers on desk inside Adolf Hitler's command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were said to have committed suicide

Office: Burned and scattered papers on desk inside Adolf Hitler’s command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were said to have committed suicide

 
Secret lovers: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun kept their affair hidden for many years. but new images collated by Life magazine shed fresh light on their final moments

Secret lovers: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun kept their affair hidden for many years. but new images collated by Life magazine shed fresh light on their final moments

 

 

Hitler’s Reich, which once stretched from Calais to the shores of the Volga in Russia, and from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, was reduced to a few spartan rooms in a stinking cement submarine where he and his wife killed themselves on April 30 1945.

‘These pix were made in the dark with only a candle for illumination … our small party of four beat all rest of mob who came down about forty minutes after we got there,’ said Vandivert whose evocative photographs have lost none of their power to shock and awe.

One of the pictures shows war correspondents examining the sofa upon which the couple ended their days, and the spreading dark stain of the monster’s blood upon the fabric after he shot himself in the mouth with his service pistol. 

Left over: A mould-covered Nazi SS officers cap with a Death Skull insignia on the bunker's floor

Remnants: A mould-covered SS officer’s cap, with the infamous death’s-head skull emblem barely visible – this photo was not originally published in LIFE
 
 
 
On guard: Russian soldier standing amid rubble in Adolf Hitler's command bunker

Discovery: A Russian soldier standing amid the rubble. They fought their way to the heart of Nazism, in a crusade of revenge for the 27 million deaths Hitler’s forces caused in their homeland

 

Abandoned furniture and debris: Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler¿s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin

Abandoned furniture and debris: Photographer William Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler’s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin

Another is a relic of war, a rare 16th century painting looted from Italy to adorn a wall of the bunker’s study where self-appointed ‘artist’ Hitler issued his final commands to non-existent armies in the dying days of his rule.

On the floor of one room a badly scarred S.S. officer’s cap with it’s grinning death’s head skull is caught in Vandivert’s lens while yet another previously unpublished picture shows LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where the bodies of Hitler and his wife – he married her hours before their suicide pact – were doused with petrol and set ablaze.

 

Source: Empty jerrycans of gasoline reportedly used by SS Troops to burn bodies of Adolph Hitler & Eva Braun after their suicides in his command bunker

Source: Empty jerrycans of gasoline reportedly used by SS Troops to burn bodies of Adolph Hitler & Eva Braun after their suicides in his command bunker

Examination: LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through the dirt & debris in the shallow shell hole where the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were thought to have been burned after their suicides, in the garden of the Reichstag

Examination: LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through the dirt & debris in the shallow shell hole where the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were thought to have been burned after their suicides, in the garden of the Reichstag. This photo was not originally published in LIFE  

 
 
Burned wreckage inside Adolf Hitler's command bunker
Unident hand touching destroyed hinge of door to Adolf Hitler's command bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers.
 Burnt out: Wreckage, left,  inside Adolf Hitler’s command bunker and right,  hand touching destroyed hinge of door to Adolf Hitler’s command bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers. These photos were not originally published in LIFE magazine 

 

 
 
After the Fall: In the garden of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

After the Fall: In the garden of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 
Symbolic: A crushed globe and a bust of Hitler amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery

Symbolic: A crushed globe and a bust of Hitler amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 

 

Other never-before-seen images are those of the ventilation tower of the bunker, pockmarked with shrapnel from bombs and shells, a desk used by Hitler strewn with papers and the entrance to the troglodyte warren.

A particularly poignant shot are the empty jerry cans of petrol used for the Fuehrer’s funeral pyre, lying abandoned in the rubble of the Chancellery garden.

Russian soldiers who fought their way street by street and building by building to the heart of Nazism, in a crusade of revenge for the 27 million deaths Hitler’s forces caused in their homeland, are seen in a photo taken on the same day moving a huge bronze swastika that once loomed over the entry to Hitler’s Chancellery on to a pile of rubble.

 

Defiant: At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived'

Defiant: At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived.’ This photo was not originally published in LIFE 

 

Heavy work: Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze Nazi Party eagle that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

Heavy work: Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze Nazi Party eagle that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

It's pver: A U.S. soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast where the Third Reich often held political rallies

It’s over: A U.S. soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast where the Third Reich often held political rallies. This photo was not originally published in LIFE

 
Bitter: A man on bicycle and young boy going past smashed vehicles and abandoned artillery which fill Oberwallstrasse street, where some of the most bitter fighting for control of Berlin took place

Bitter: A man on bicycle and young boy going past smashed vehicles and abandoned artillery which fill Oberwallstrasse street, where some of the most bitter fighting for control of Berlin took place

Other hitherto unpublished photos include a shot of an American serviceman giving the Hitler salute in the bombed out Sportspalast stadium in Berlin, from where in 1943 propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made his infamous ‘total war’ speech, and inside the Reichstag, where Russian soldiers carved their names and graffiti on the walls of the parliament building.

A crushed globe of the sort Hitler used to gaze at and dream of world conquest, together with a bust of him made of bronze, are also reproduced for the first time.

 

At the time Vandivert, who died in 1992, reported for LIFE; ‘Almost every famous building in Berlin is a shambles. In the centre of town GIs could walk for blocks and see no living thing, hear nothing but the stillness of death, smell nothing but the stench of death.’

 
Death pact:Adolf Hitler with mistress Eva Braun - the pair died together in the bunker

Death pact: Adolf Hitler with mistress Eva Braun – the pair died together in the bunker

 

Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler’s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin, and a handful of his pictures of the bunker and the ruined city were published in LIFE magazine in July 1945.

On the LIFE website today WEDS it states; ‘A few of those images are republished here; most of the pictures in this gallery, however, never appeared in LIFE. Taken together, they illuminate the surreal, disturbing universe Vandivert encountered in the bunker itself, and in the streets of the vanquished city beyond the bunker’s walls.’ 

Fascinating… but very eery! 

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Horsemeat discovered in beefburgers on sale at Tesco and Iceland

Ok I know I’m a bit late with this, but I’ve been super busy! Better late than never, because I simply could not hold back my opinions of this [hilarious] ‘discovery’.

 

Horsemeat has been discovered in beefburgers sold by the supermarket giants Tesco and Iceland, it emerged tonight. Investigators said that in Tesco’s Everday Value burgers, horsemeat accounted for almost one third of the meat content.

The Republic of Ireland’s food safety authority (FSAI) claimed meat with “horse DNA” sold in UK and Irish supermarkets had originated from two processing plants in Ireland – Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods – and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in north Yorkshire.

The Food Standards Agency, working with the Irish authorities, established that mainland Britain was part of the area affected. A spokesman said: “At this stage it is not believed to be a food safety risk.

“We are aware that investigations are ongoing to ascertain how or why horsemeat was used in the products.”

A total of 27 beef products were analysed by the FSAI with 10 containing horse DNA and a further 23 containing traces of pig DNA.

Tesco was informed of the test results today and immediately withdrew from sale all products from the processing plants, said its group technical director Tim Smith last night. “The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious,” he added. “We understand that many of our customers will be concerned by this news, and we apologise sincerely for any distress.”

The FSAI analysis also found traces of horse DNA in batches of raw ingredients, including some imported from the Netherlands and Spain.

Professor Alan Reilly, the FSAI chief executive, said there was “no clear explanation” for the presence of horse DNA in beef burgers. “In Ireland it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore we do not expect to find it in a burger.”

The Labour MP Barry Gardiner, who sits on the Food, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, said: “Big companies like Iceland and Tesco are responsible for their supply chain and for verifying whether their suppliers are giving them what they should be delivered. It is abhorrent that the suppliers appear to have adulterated the burgers in this way”

Iceland said it had noted the FSAI’s findings “with concern”. A statement from the chain said it would work with suppliers to investigate the issue. The budget supermarket Aldi confirmed that its Oakhurst Beef Burgers range on sale in Ireland had been affected and had been withdrawn from sale.

FSAI investigators said the findings raised concerns about “the traceability of meat ingredients and products entering the food chain”. They added that Jews and Muslims may have unwittingly eaten pork.

John Bryan, president of the Irish Farmers Association, said: “Nothing or no one can be allowed to compromise the high standards and reputation of Irish-produced food.”

Liffey Meats blamed the contamination on “imported ingredients”. A spokesman said: “We sincerely regret that any product produced by the company would not conform to the highest specifications and sincerely apologise to our customers.” Silvercrest added that it had “never purchased or traded in equine product”.

 

Firstly, everyone’s reactions “Oh my god, I can’t believe this, it’s disgusting!!” were just bizarre. I’ve lived more than half of my life knowing this. I was genuinely very shocked to discover that people were so outraged. Obviously, the main reason that I’m a vegetarian is because I believe it is wrong (for ME) to eat meat, but additionally, I have been brought up on a very healthy, natural diet. So, being fully aware of what goes into meat products for 12 years entirely suppressed any desire to eat any form of meat.

It’s like, if an article posted “shocking truth: our future generations will be immune to antibiotics – battery animals pumped with drugs”, I think I’d throw myself off a bridge. What planet is everyone living on?!

 

This also reminds me of the reaction to the guy who received a weird looking KFC meal that looked like brain. But that’s what processed meat is … Just because the liver (or whatever it was) was whole, and you could see it, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t in everything else – they just forgot to blend it!

I mean, I see nothing wrong with eating other animals (if you already eat them) or eating different parts of the animal. I see no difference between a chicken leg and a chicken arsehole and a pig’s ear. Obviously, for religious reasons it is unfair and deceiving, but I think if you eat meat, you have to expect it. In ready meals, sandwiches, salads etc. you have to expect to have chicken pumped with 90% water, or mince beef with other meats in it. That is how the industry works, and that is why meat is so cheap.

It doesn’t bother some people, and I applaud that. And although I don’t eat meat, if I did, I would see no difference between eating a pig, or a cow, or a dog, or a horse. All animals are living beings. In China, they eat dog, and I see absolutely nothing wrong with that if you eat other animals. Just because a cow or a chicken is not usually domesticated, doesn’t mean it is any different to a ‘pet’.

 

One of the main reasons as to why the meat industry is the way it is, is because cheap meat is imported from countries with different food regulations to the UK. For example, cheap prawns are kept in sewage in different countries, then imported here. Same for the meat – once it is processed in another country, who knows what’s in it?

 

I appreciate that it is very hard to shop for food correctly when you are a student or on a low income, especially when there are so many cheap offers available. I do, however, hope that people research what they are eating, and actually bother to change their diet. I’m not saying this because I don’t want people to eat horse penis (I really don’t care, it’s all the same – you’ve eaten it before, even if you don’t realise), I’m saying it because processed, cheap meat is dangerous – it is FULL of chemicals, salts and sugars that are beyond unhealthy. When I have children, I will not let any form of processed meat touch their lips. McDonald’s burgers have to be served with pickle (unless requested) otherwise the burger will be counted as confectionary (dessert) because it has so much sugar in it!!! The desire for people to put these things in their bodies, and their children’s bodies, is just beyond me.

If you do want to know more, do some research, watch some documentaries, or read Felicity Lawrence’s great book ‘Not On the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate’.

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Agnes Cecile

What an amazing illustrator! Love her style.

 

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It’s Vincent van Sloth! Artist who can’t draw when he is awake but creates masterpieces in his SLEEP unveils £1m collection

“An artist who can only draw in his sleep is hoping to raise £1million by selling his entire collection of work.

Lee Hadwin, 37, places pads of paper around his London flat for the bizarre talent which he picked up at the age of four.

He has drawn numerous portraits of screen siren Marilyn Monroe but most of his artwork is of circle-inspired abstract pieces.

Sleeping beauty: Lee Hadwin has drawn several portraits of Marilyn Monroe but most of his work consists of abstract pieces

Sleeping beauty: Lee Hadwin has drawn several portraits of Marilyn Monroe but most of his work consists of abstract pieces

Unique: The bizarre talent has baffled scientists who have examined Lee Hadwin several times

Unique: The bizarre talent has baffled scientists who have examined Lee Hadwin several times

Celebrity fans: The work has been snapped up by art collectors including a few famous faces such as Derren Brown and Donald Trump

Celebrity fans: The work has been snapped up by art collectors including a few famous faces such as Derren Brown and Donald Trump

Baffled: Scientists have even examined Lee Hadwin's schoolwork to test if he is lying about the talent

Baffled: Scientists have even examined Lee Hadwin’s schoolwork to test if he is lying about the talent

Now the artist, who has baffled scientists with his talent, has decided to sell off his entire collection on eBay and donate half of to the Missing Person charity.

Lee, a self-described ‘rubbish’ artist when he is awake, has sold sleep pieces for six-figure sums in the past with previous buyers including Derren Brown and Donald Trump.

He is hoping to make £1 million from the sale with £500,000 going to charity.

Charity: Lee Hadwin is hoping to raise £500,000 for charity with his latest collection

Charity: Lee Hadwin is hoping to raise £500,000 for charity with his latest collection

He said: ‘It can happen two-to-three times a week that I get out of bed and draw in my sleep.

‘But then then it might be another two weeks before I do it again. I sometimes go away and come back to finish a piece off.

‘When I wake up, I know I have done something but I don’t know what.

‘My partner Clint, who I have been with for 14 years, thought it was a joke at first. He used to wake me up but now he just leaves me to it.’

Lee, who wakes up with horrendous migraines after a night’s drawing and is often sick as a result, says it has been a nightmare proving he’s not a hoaxer.

Over the years he has been for inconclusive tests at the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic with experts going back over his school work to see if he is lying.

The artist, will put between 80 and 100 pieces on eBay on February 11, added: ‘My art is horrific when I’m conscious.

‘I have only sold a few drawings over the years and have held off selling a lot because I’ve been told to hold onto them because they will increase in value.

‘But now I have just decided to sell them all for charity.’

Lee, who is originally Welsh and lives with partner Clint, 40, chose the charity after meeting a woman whose sister has been missing for six months leaving her having to look who is looking after her children.

Contrast: Lee Hadwin says his artwork is 'horrific' when he is awake

Contrast: Lee Hadwin says his artwork is ‘horrific’ when he is awake

Sale: Around 80 to 100 pieces of Lee Hadwin's work will be put up for auction on eBay

Sale: Around 80 to 100 pieces of Lee Hadwin’s work will be put up for auction on eBay

Effects: Lee draws in his sleep two or three times a week and suffers migraines afterwards

Effects: Lee draws in his sleep two or three times a week and suffers migraines afterwards

Sleep artist Lee Hadwin
Artwork

The talent has astonished scientists around the world who have tested Lee several times

Valued: Some of Lee's work has been bought for large sums including a six-figure deal for a piece which was bought by an Asian businessman

Valued: Some of Lee’s work has been bought for large sums including a six-figure deal for a piece which was bought by an Asian businessman

Complex: Lee started off by drawing circles on walls as a child but later began making more advanced pieces

Complex: Lee started off by drawing circles on walls as a child but later began making more advanced pieces

Ross Miller from the charity Missing People, said: ‘Lee is a passionate supporter of the charity and we’re very grateful for his ongoing dedication, generosity and help so we can be a lifeline for families of missing people.

‘Lee never does things by half and his latest gesture is another sign of his serious commitment to philanthropy and to doing it with gusto.

‘On behalf of families currently facing the trauma of having a loved one missing, thank you for not forgetting us Lee.'”

 

Unbelievable! But believable. There are lots of people saying this is a sham, but I am sure these people know nothing about the power of the mind and the mind during periods or sleep. I see little difference between this and sleep walking. Sleep murder has been recorded, with psychological analysis showing absolute remorse and no genuine awareness of the act. If you can kill in your sleep, you can draw in your sleep!

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Elephant Plays with a Galaxy Note!

One of the reasons I am a vegetarian – because animals are more intelligent and creative than people realise. Elephants and pigs have similar intelligence (near to orangutans and monkeys, the most intelligent animals after human-animals), yet the average person wouldn’t even consider eating an elephant. If sheep, cows, pigs had trunks, I’m sure they’d be able to do this too…
Probably one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. Genuinely warmed my heart.

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X-ray of a new stingray

interesting!

Why Evolution Is True

Isn’t this X-ray beautiful?

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It’s a young male.

Yes, as far as I know those ribs are the cartilaginous skeleton of this animal, photographed by Ken Jones and displayed everywhere. This photo and description comes from Our Amazing Planet, for it’s a new species, a “pancake stringray” described as looking like a “pancake with noses”.

The team’s work in the Upper Amazon confirmed the new genus, Heliotrygon, and the two new species, Heliotrygon gomesi and Heliotrygon rosai. Besides their pancake-like appearance, both rays are big, have slits on their bellies and a tiny spine on their tails.

Most of Lovejoy and Carvalho’s specimens came from the Rio Nanay, near Iquitos, Peru. Their discovery brings the total number of neotropical stingray genera — from an area that also includes tropical Mexico, the West Indies and Central America — to four. Before their study, the last new genus of…

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Can filming one second of every day change your life?

1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.

“When Cesar Kuriyama saved up enough money to quit his advertising job at the age of 30, he planned to take a year off to travel and spend time with family.

To document the year, Kuriyama filmed one second of video every day.

“After just six weeks, I realised I was going to be doing that for the rest of my life,” he says.

After editing the clips into a single video, Kuriyama had not only a record of daily life, but a new perspective on how he lived day to day.

Inspired by the experience, he developed a smartphone app, “1 Second Everyday”, which will allow users to create their own videos.

Everyone will probably have a different experience with their videos, he says, but he says self-reflection is never a bad thing.”

 

What a wonderful idea! The app is so unique too. Would definitely download it if I didn’t have a BlackBerry.

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Doppelgängers

Montreal-based Canadian photographer François Brunelle has met many unrelated people who look amazingly alike, during the course of his travels. Inviting these pairs of doppelgängers into his studio, he captured their incredible likeness in black-and-white, family-styled portraits. In some cases, the subjects even have similar expressions—it is really a wonder that they are not only not twins, but are actually completely unrelated to each other. These portraits make us wonder if we all have doppelgängers somewhere else in the world—would you like to meet yours?