The eternal battle continues whether to prefer Hitler as a private man, or Hitler in his public persona. Whenever I post photos like the ones above and have the temerity to suggest this is “the real Hitler,” I receive many complaints, some verging on the hysterical.

Many prefer this Hitler:

And I must admit, this side of him is the one that resonates today. 

But spare a moment for the real man, as is shown in the first photos. Here Hitler sits with Hermine Hoffmann in Munich on May 22, 1938. Frau Hoffmann met Hitler in WWI and became a member of the Nazi party in 1919 as its 10th member. She remained close to Hitler throughout the years and he esteemed her

(coffee cake), devouring many pieces whenever he came to call.