The Fuehrer's Smirk, 1936

Aigner photographed Adolf Hitler in Garmisch Partenkirchen at the Winter Olympics of 1936. From the second floor balcony, he was reviewing the parade of participating athletes. Grouped by nations, they marched past, dipping their flags in a massive international show of recognition. He acknowledged every salute with a lazy lift of his arm. It was snowing heavily and he was 30 feet or so from the Fuehrer.