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A holiday in Hitler's Germany; Unearthed pictures show life in 20s & 30s.

Byline: KATE PROCTOR

THESE snaps of a family holiday unearthed at auction give a fascinating glimpse into 1930s Nazi Germany. Posing next to Swastika adorned planes and warships, a wealthy couple from the North East are seen taking in the sights.

The mysterious images can be revealed for the first time after a box of negatives stashed away in a family's home were finally developed.

Michael Richardson, of Leam Lane estate in Gateshead, who bought the negatives at an auction in Byker for pounds 5, said he was stunned when he held them up to the light and saw Swastika symbols.

"I just thought it was a box of family stuff, then I got a bit of a shock when I held it up and saw the Swastikas on the plane," he said.

"The rest are of buildings, boats and steam ships, I don't know where they were taken. I didn't notice it when I first got them but I like looking through old pictures and then found those strange ones."

"I'm thinking they are a local family's pictures. They came in an envelope with Berlin written on in pencil."

Keen auction-goer Michael bought the bundle of negatives at a house clearance sale at Thomas N. Miller auction house in Byker.

Some of the pictures are dated 1921, over 10 years before Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany.

Auctioneer Guy Macklam said: "The photographs sound as though they have arrived at sale from a house clearance.

"More than likely the family who put the item into auction will be from the North East."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Apr 24, 2012
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