Original photo of Adolf Hitler

Hitler

It isn’t every day someone walks into The Journal office with an original, unpublished photograph of Adolf Hitler. But such was the case recently when Sarnia’s John Helle arrived with a page from the family snapshot album.

This image shows the Nazi Führer entering the village of Kurort-Jonsdorf in the fall of 1938, shortly after Germany annexed portions of German-speaking Czechoslovakia with the blessing of Europe’s major powers.

Helle was three years old and living in the village when his father Emil, a member of the local photography club, took these images.

“The Allies should never have given Hitler that power,” said Helle, who immigrated to Canada in 1956 with a suitcase, $40 and no English.

“He went on to kill millions and millions of people.”

Helle’s photographer father would later die in a Soviet concentration camp.
Photo courtesy, John Helle