London, February 23 : The director of a war museum in northern Norway claims that he has discovered cartoons of Disney characters that late Nazi leader Adolf Hitler drew during World War II.
William Hakvaag said that he found the drawings hidden in a painting signed "A. Hitler", which he purchased at an auction in Germany.
According to him, the coloured cartoons were of the characters Bashful and Doc from the 1937 Disney film 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', which were signed A.H.
There was also an unsigned sketch of Pinocchio as he appeared in the 1940 Disney film, he said.
Hakvaag said that he had performed tests on the paintings, which suggested that they dated from 1940.
"I am 100 per cent sure that these are drawings by Hitler. If one wanted to make a forgery, one would never hide it in the back of a picture, where it might never be discovered," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
He insisted that the initials on the sketches, and signatures on the paintings, matched other copies of Hitler's handwritings.
Before becoming a politician, Hitler tried to make a living as an artist, the report said, and added that although there was no confirmation that the drawings discovered by Hakvaag were the work of the Nazi leader, Hitler is known to have owned a copy of Snow White, the classic animated adaptation of a German fairy tale.
It is said that he used to view the movie in his private cinema.
"Hitler had a copy of Snow White. He thought this was one of the best movies ever made," he said.