Jaeger was granted unprecedented access to Hitler from 1936 to 1945. He travelled with Hitler and chronicled the Fuhrer and his confidants at small gatherings, public events and private moments. A report in The New York Daily News says that the image almost never made the light of day.
Back in 1945, when the Allies pushed towards Munich, the snapper came face-to-face with some American soldiers. He was scared he would be arrested when they found the thousands of color negatives he had hidden in a leather suitcase.
But, destiny had something else in store. The soldiers threw open the case to discover a bottle of cognac, which they eagerly opened and shared with Jaeger, ignoring everything else.
To preserve the photos, he buried them in 12 glass jars on the outskirts of Munich.
In 1955, Jaeger finally retrieved all 2,000 transparencies and stored them in a bank vault before selling them to LIFE magazine in 1965.