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The CIA plays ‘Wooly Willy’ with Hitler, 1944
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Adolf Hitler
The CIA plays ‘Wooly Willy’ with Hitler, 1944

In 1944 the proto-spooks at US Intelligence Services became concerned that Adolf Hitler might abscond from Nazi Germany and escape the consequences of his evil actions as his armed forces began to lose the war. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS)—the wartime forerunner of the CIA—decided it would be prudent to circulate portraits of the Nazi leader in various possible disguises to ensure his capture should ever he attempt to flee.

To this end, the OSS hired a New York make-up artist named Eddie Senz to envision just how Hitler might hide his identity with the use of glasses, beard, full mustache or even going bald and clean-shaven. Senz’s portraits were only ever seen by Allied Commanders and were not made available to the public until German magazine Der Spiegel published them in the 1990s.

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Via Rare Historical Photos.

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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