(1912 – 1945) Wartime (circa 1941) 6×4“ photograph of Braun at the Berghof holding her dog. Shea??s written a long (unsigned) message on the back, a??Dear Bepa, Thank you heartily for the photos and book. Hopefully you receive my little package. Today I am sending cigarettes etc. Also some for your two friends. Unfortunately I dona??t smoke any more. All is well with us. Hoping the same for you. With Easterly greetings, the one pictured on the reversea??. Exceptionally rare and collectible. Braun was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich when she was 17 years old, while she was working as an assistant and model for his personal photographer, and began seeing him often about two years later. She attempted suicide twice during their early relationship. By 1936, she was a part of his household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden and lived a sheltered life throughout World War II. Braun was a photographer, and many of the surviving colour photographs and films of Hitler were taken by her. She was a key figure within Hitler’s inner social circle, but did not attend public events with him until mid-1944, when her sister Gretl married Hermann Fegelein, the SS liaison officer on his staff. As the Third Reich collapsed towards the end of the war, Braun swore loyalty to Hitler and went to Berlin to be by his side in the heavily reinforced FA?hrerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. As Red Army troops fought their way into the neighbourhood on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony; she was 33 and he was 56. Less than 40 hours later, they committed suicide together in a sitting room of the bunker, she by biting into a capsule of cyanide. The German public was unaware of Braun’s relationship with Hitler until after their deaths.