Follow-Up: Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub


To recap: Lee Miller was covering WWII for Vogue, and working alongside David E. Scherman, a Life staffer. Scherman took the above photo of Miller in the bathtub of Adolf Hitler’s house in Munich — the house where Mr. Chamberlain signed away Czechoslovakia six long years earlier. The photo was taken on the night after the duo visited Dachau, on April 30, 1945 — earlier in the day, Hitler had committed suicide in Berlin.

As far as contact sheets are concerned, there isn’t any. There is also a missing shot from this series, which allegedly shows Miller undressing/getting into the tub, and which was burnt in the darkroom. [Anthony Spencer has tried to recreate it in “It cries itself to sleep” (1973)]. Scherman slept in Hitler’s bed; Miller had her picture taken at the Führer’s desk. It is believed that there was also a similar photograph with the roles reversed: Scherman as the subject, and Miller as the photographer.

Now there is a new better Lee Miller online archive. These new unpublished shots at Hitler’s house do not clear any of the mysteries above, but some of these archival images were never before seen. Termed NSBs (Never Seen Befores) on the website, they are all very interesting though. Go and check them out.

7 thoughts on “Follow-Up: Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bathtub

  1. it’s a shame that they staged the photo and turned it herewith into a unreal,not historical scene.There would never be a fotograph of the asassin in the inmediat of the bathtubs water.I doubt also that ,as a gay man,he would have had this femal nude sculptur very unpractical on the sidetable,…moved into the picture. She is a beautiful woman in a bathtub .The rest is false and mediocre

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  3. Lee Miller and her photographer boyfriend were disgusting individuals for doing this. Did they think it was cute, to bathe in the same tub Hitler did.

  4. There is an old bathtub in the basement of the former Führerbau Nazi office building in Munich, that is said to be this very bathtub from Hitler’s apartment.

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