Pictures of Eva Braun -- the secret girlfriend and later the wife of Adolf Hitler -- recently surfaced through Life Magazine, and brought to light by collector and curator Reinhard Schulz, the Yahoo News website reports today (March 10, 2011).
The cache of photos -- from the young model's personal album -- was confiscated in 1945 by the American army. The newly-released pictures have caused searches on the Web for "evabraun" to rise over 300 percent in one day.
Young Eva first met Hitler in 1929 when he was a rising star in the Nazi party. He was introduced to the 17-year-old as Herr Wolff, while she modeled for the official Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffmann in Munich, Germany.
In the last days of World War II in 1945 -- just before they ended their lives because of Germany's impending defeat -- she became Hitler's wife. Braun committed suicide with Hitler at the age of 33.
A fanatical racist and dictator of Germany's Nazi Party during World War II, Hitler was responsible for the deaths of some six million innocent Jews.