About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

Still Fab

Their cries were said to have been deafening to the band with their tears having run from the eyes of the first to witness  the Beatles play in America.

Appearing in newly released photos of the Beatles’ first concert in the U.S. are these adoring young women whose cries, tears and screams took their passion to a never before seen new level.

Turning the cameras from the Washington D.C. Coliseum’s small island stage and back on to their crowd are the googly eyed women showcasing the all-out hysterics of Beatlemania.

Beyond adoring: Screaming and wailing, the first Beatle fans to witness the band perform in the U.S. in 1964 are pictured The first Beatle  fans to witness the band perform in the U.S. in 1964 are pictured
Overwhelming affection: A young woman slaps her hands to her face while screaming making up a room full of cries that prevented the band from hearing themselves playA young woman slaps her hands to  her face while screaming making up a room full of cries that prevented the band  from hearing themselves play

Taken by a rookie 18-year-old  photographer  in February of 1964, the iconic images show the band at the start of their  American invasion, just two days after appearing on the  Ed Sullivan Show in New  York.

Ten days earlier the band had gone to number  one for the first time stateside with ‘I want to hold your hand’– the first of  59 weeks they would spend at the top over the next six  and a half  years.

Mike  Mitchell was there, shooting photos  from just feet away and even jumping onto the stage for the group’s pre-concert  press call.

Among the highlights is a backlit shot of the band that he took while standing directly behind them.

Auctioned off in July of 2011, that photo made $68,500. Its pre-sale estimate was $2,000 to $3,000.

Girls on a mission: Dressed otherwise civil, the girls in skirts, collared shirts and cardigans lose themselves two days after the band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York
Not published in LIFE. Fans at the first Beatles concert in America, Washington, DC, Feb. 11, 1964.
While dressed otherwise civil in skirts, collared shirts and cardigans, the girls soon lose themselves two days after seeing the band appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York
Enthusiastic welcome: No use covering their mouths, the girls' cries swamped the small island stage welcoming the Fab Four to Washington, D.C.Enthusiastic welcome: No use covering their mouths, the  girls’ cries swamped the small island stage welcoming the Fab Four to  Washington, D.C.

An image of an animated Ringo Starr on the drums sold for $8,125. It was estimated to bring $3,000 to $5,000.

Auction house Christie’s said the shot  depicts a rare moment where Starr was  both drummer and lead singer on a song  written by Paul McCartney and  John Lennon, but made famous by The Rolling  Stones, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’.

Cathy Elkies, Christie’s director of iconic collections, said she expected the bids to exceed the pre-sale estimates.

‘Beatles fans are fierce. To uncover this trove of images that’s never been published will really excite people,’ she  said.

Also included in the sale were photos of the  band’s September 13 1964, performance at the Baltimore Civic  Center.

Mr Mitchell said he was given unrestricted  access to the band’s concert in Washington DC.

Mad About the Boys: Rare Photos of Beatles Fans, 1964
Stan Wayman/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
The start of something: Ringo Starr sings and plays the drums at the concert, which came ten days after the band’s first number one hit in the U.S.
U.S. invasion: The photos capture a young Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the start of BeatlemaniaThe photos capture a young Paul McCartney  and John Lennon at the start of Beatlemania
Top dollar: A silhouette of the Fab Four captures the Beatles at their start as part of a larger collection of photos that sold at auction for $361,938 in July of 2011 A silhouette of the Fab Four captures the  Beatles at their start as part of a larger collection of photos that sold at  auction for $361,938 in July of 2011

‘It was a long time ago. Things weren’t that way then,’ said the  65-year-old, who now works as an art photographer in Washington.

‘It was as low-tech as the concert itself.  The concert was in a sports venue and the sound system was the sound system of  a sports venue.’

Equally astonishing is how few other photographs from that first concert exist.

Simeon Lipman, Christie’s pop culture consultant, said it’s not clear why there weren’t many other photos of the  concert.

He said Mr Mitchell’s black and white photographs were remarkable for their ‘animated” and ‘intimate’ depiction of the  Fab Four.

Mr Mitchell stored the negatives for years in  a box in his basement and used digital technology to scan and restore the  prints for the auction.

‘They benefit from a historical perspective,’  he said

Attribution: Dail Mail

Joke of the Day

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news.

The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to respond rationally to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love …. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him.

I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’ Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry.

How soon can I go home?’

Global Warming…Not

We’re Still Being Screwed Even Though ‘Global Warming’ Stopped 15 Years Ago


The chart below is what global warming looks like folks. Non-existent for the last 15+ years. Zero. Nada. Zilch. (Before that, in the ’70′s, it was all about the “Coming Ice Age” and where did that go?) All the while the developing world has been cranking up carbon use for manufacturing.

And in the meantime? We have energy starvation policies stuffed down our throats. And a President, in the debate, going on and on about “Green Jobs,” which are either non-existent also…or are causing bankruptcy eruptions all over the place. Not to mention the dire straights he is putting people in with regard to the energy they need to survive.

Excuse the unladylike word in my title, but the entire Al Gorebasm insanity is causing nothing but draconian, opportunistic, tyrannical thievery and controls over our very daily lives to the point of stark raving global madness.

You have been sold down the proverbial river. Sent over the cliff. Robbed blind. And screwed…totally. Americans are supposed to be smarter than this. I want to believe Americans are smarter than this. But every day, in America, bureaucrats, planners, non-profits, corporations, and politicians are spending their time, and energy, and your money, to capture you…not carbon, but you…..into their schemes of control. None of that has one whit to do with some conjured up fiction that you are causing the global temperatures to rise. You aren’t. You never did. But they won’t let a little thing like the truth stop them from their central control of your energy use.

Some food for thought:

“Industries are already leaving Germany, and more will soon follow. The loss of energy and jobs will damage the German economy almost as much as the exploding cost of new infrastructure required to deal with the intermittent unreliables. And the cost — THE COST!!! Hundreds of thousands of lower class workers in Germany already cannot afford to pay their skyrocketing power bills. That number will only grow larger.”

From the Telegraph – UK

“The shift to renewable energy is also taking a toll on family budgets. On Monday Germany’s electrical grid operators announced that a special tax levied on consumers to finance subsidies for green energy would increase by almost 50 per cent.”

The EU is going straight down the road to serfdom….again, I might add. (Note Spain’s 17%+ unemployment after converting to a “Green” economy. Throw in a little Greece, Italy, and the rest…and what do you have?) How many times in history have European nations been sucked into the central planning models of either Monarchs or Dictators. I thought we fought and won a revolution to get out of that mold of ignorance.

Townhall Finance asks,

“Remember last summer- and the summer before that, and the summer before that- when droughts and tornadoes were pinned to global warming by a compliant media? Or when we were told that 100 million people would die in the next twenty minutes, or twenty years- is there really a difference?- because of global warming? And that of course women and children would bear the brunt of those deaths? Or last year when we were told about the wave of Polar Bear cannibals terrorizing the animal kingdom in the great white north?”

Too bad Candy Crowley never got to the Global Warming issue in the debate. Too bad….
If Romney and Ryan have the facts on this, we might be saved from the economic devastation that Europe is facing right now. God bless them both.

Disregard the Science

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for You

1) Viral Inoculation Takes Years to Develop

Outbreak (1995):

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for YouPlot: Before he was hanging out with Ace Ventura, Spike the monkey was shipped to the USA chock full of something called the Motaba virus. It’s Dustin Hoffman’s job to stop the virus, prevent an outbreak and foil Donald Sutherland’s plan to firebomb a small town.

The Real Science: The problem with this movie is time. Like Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day, Hoffman whips up a cure sooner than it takes me to understand the joke in a New Yorker Magazine cartoon (my record is three hours). Normally it would take a team of virologists weeks or even months to study the virus, go through the appropriate tests and create a cure for distribution.

Unless, of course, you’re this guy:

Because new elements apparently only take him an afternoon.

Then again, if the Motaba virus is anything like Ebola (it pretty much is), there would really be no need to quarantine the entire town or produce a cure because everyone would be dead within 48 hours. Including the Morgan Freeman character probably.

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for You“That’s right; you’re reading this in my voice. Rubber baby buggy bumpers.”

2) There’s No Way We Can Miss a Texas-Sized Asteroid

Armageddon (1998):

Plot:An asteroid the size of Texas is hurdling towards Earth at about the same speed it takes for me to buy a gun in the aforementioned state. NASA decides to get Bruce Willis and his rag-tag team of oil drillers (think The Expendables brought by way of British Petroleum) to eat Animal Crackers off Liv Tyler’s tummy, fly into space, drill a hole in the asteroid, drop a nuke, blow up the rock and fly back.

The Real Science: Here’s the deal: there’s so many inaccuracies in this movie it’s hard to pick one; however, there a few key problems that make this movie ridiculous.

Number one is that we would most definitely see an asteroid the size of Texas well before the last minute. The United States alone has a number of observers including JPL’s Near Earth Asteroid Tracking and the Air Force’s Maui Space Surveillance Site, not to mention private citizens like this guy. Not only would we know about and be tracking an asteroid that size floating in the main belt, but we would see it coming far sooner than the movie led us to believe.

“Don’t worry Hawking, I got this.”

Oh, and their plan of drilling a hole 800 feet and placing the nuclear bomb into it is hardly likely to work (even with the stupid fissure). If the asteroid is the size of Texas it would be about 870 miles across. 800 feet to something that size is the equivalent to scratching the surface of a volleyball. And don’t counter with the movie’s “fissure will crack the rest of it in half” argument; that’s what we call a Deus Ex Machina and this list is about bad movie science not bad writing.

Seriously, this movie is so bad that NASA even used the movie during management training to see if the trainee was able to find all 168 inaccuracies.

3) DNA Has An Expiration Date

Jurassic Park (1993):

Plot:A small group of people get trapped in a theme park that is overrun with dinosaurs. Think of it as the last movie in a trilogy that includes “Westworld” and “Futureworld”, but instead of Yul Brynner you get a group of Velociraptors that can open doors.

And I know you’re thinking, “But Yul Brynner wasn’t in ‘Futureworld!'”

The Real Science: If we wanted to clone something the DNA has to be perfect and even DNA trapped in 65 million-year-old amber would be way past its expiration date. Also, contrary to what Mr. DNA tells you, we can’t substitute other species (like, say, from a frog) to complete the chain.

Even if we could hypothetically extract a perfect strand of DNA that wasn’t tainted by the insect’s DNA or horribly degraded, could we do it? Hell no. You see, we would need a viable, living dinosaur egg for implantation. Since the whole point was to create a dinosaur because they’re extinct then we’re kind of at an impasse.

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for You“T-REX HUNTS BY MEMES! RUN!”

4) Humans Can’t Survive Immense Pressure

The Core (2003):

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for YouPlot: The Earth’s inner core stopped rotating, our magnetic field is tearing apart, microwave radiation is ripping through out atmosphere and the world is thrown into chaos! Up is down, right is left, birds drop dead, pace makers stop working and I embrace the term “YOLO!” Hillary Swank and her intrepid crew of “terranauts” must drill into the center of the earth and activate a nuclear bomb to kick-start the core.

The Real Science: Let’s forget the problems actually getting to the center of the earth, all the overlooked science (how in the heck did they stay in radio contact so far under the surface?) or the terribly conceived hurdles the team overcomes (how are they able to walk outside their craft in the recycled space suits from “Sphere” when the temperature would be thousands of degrees and the pressure would be immense?).

Rather, let’s just focus on two huge oversights: 1) The earth’s magnetic field has little effect on microwave radiation. 2) Sure, the sun lobs plenty of microwaves (electromagnetic radiation), but that is just light. The worst we’re looking at is our radios and cell phones fizzling out.

In essence, there isn’t really a disaster in this disaster movie.

“… and in the center past the mole people, we find creamy nougat.”

5) It’s Impossible for a Volcano to Form Under L.A.

Volcano (1997):

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for YouPlot: Ancient mammals from the Pleistocene era decide to get their revenge on modern day Los Angeles by generating a super volcano in the La Brea Tar Pits. Tommy Lee Jones reprises his role as “ornery-old-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold-that-mumbles-a-lot” and joins forces with seismologist Dr. Anne Heche to save the day.

The Real Science: The San Andreas Fault traveling through the west coast is a “strike-slip” fault; that means the Pacific plate and the North American plate creates a fault line that only slide past each other. In order for a volcano to form, two plates need to “subduct:” i.e, one plate slides underneath another allowing magma to move to the surface. The plates in Los Angeles and the rest of the southern California area do not subduct; that really only happens further north.

“A handy place to put your copy of ‘Volcano’ is right in the crack…”

Therefore, we have a better chance of Anne Heche giving me my money back for “Six Days Seven Nights” than a volcano erupting in Los Angeles.

6) There’s No Way We Could Decipher Alien Technology

Independence Day (1996):

Plot:A highly advanced alien race invades the planet and destroys all of the Earth’s major landmarks. With the help of Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum was able to upload his computer virus into the alien mother ship and save the day in time to fire up that bar-b-q and knock back a few brews.

“And make sure you don’t leave any smudges on the mirrors this time, Carlton.”

The Real Science: This one is relatively easy to point out: how in the hell did Jeff Goldblum figure out how the alien computers work, let alone design a computer virus to infect them? I mean, sure; we had that scout craft for 50 years, but if Data couldn’t work it out, then how did Jeff Goldblum do it in an hour? We’re also pretty lucky that the aliens installed a USB or parallel port so we have easy access to their controls.

Maybe the aliens should have switched to iPads.

7 Scientific Facts That Will Ruin Movies for You“I guess we could just duct tape a joystick on the dashboard and see if it flies.”

7) Earth is 70 Percent Water

Signs (2002):

Plot:Aliens decide to invade our planet and only Bravehart, Johnny Cash and a group of weird kids can stop them from ruining their crops. Thank god our heroes discover their only weakness… water!

The Real Science: Now, let’s take a moment and imagine you’re on a spaceship ready to invade a planet:

Commander: “Do you have the planet’s readouts?”

You: “Yes Sir. 70% of the planet is covered in a substance that will seriously harm and eventually kill our species. The flora, fauna and atmosphere is also composed of the same substance. I really don’t think this plan is—”

Commander: “Perfect. (TURNS TO THE REST OF THE SHIP) Gentlemen! Let us not forget our proud warrior cry!”


Seriously, did they not notice about 70% of the world’s surface is covered in water, 3,100 cubic miles of water is floating around the atmosphere and 2,000,000 cubic miles of water is stored within a half mile of the earth’s surface?

Even if they did and continued with their invasion, whose bright idea was it to plop down of the surface with no protective gear? That would be like us mounting an invasion to a planet that’s covered in acid wearing nothing but tinfoil hats.

“Prepped for the surface, captain.”

Attribution: Charlie Knauf

The Hug Said It All

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, it took me a while to realize what I was actually watching during the final Romney/Obama debate.

As Charles Krauthammer so aptly described in his post-debate analysis; it was Romney going big and Obama going small. I might add that Obama didn’t just go small, but also petty.

Obama did his darndest to pull Romney into his own micro-squabbling world, but Mitt just would not take the bait and one could tell by the look on the presidents face that his, or someone’s (maybe Axelrod’s) strategy wasn’t working.

This is what took me some time to figure out. I finally realized that Romney was Ronald Reagan and Obama was Saul Alinsky.

Romney’s strategy seemed to be to stay above the fray. Be friendly and likeable while choosing the battles he could frame with big overarching themes. Romney appeared more likeable as Obama insulted and demeaned him.

The times Mitt did engage Obama, he showed he had a firm grasp of the issues. He felt he did not have to dwell on any particular issue or go into detail. Instead, just to reassure the American public that he knows his stuff and can be trusted. This would, of course, drew the ire and insults from the president.

Frankly, if one didn’t know better, one would think Romney was president and Obama was the challenger.

Now, for those of us who are conservative and keep abreast of all the issues, the overly agreeable and aisle-crossing Romney was a bit frustrating, but this debate was not intended for us. It was the final debate and Romney calculated that he could pull in the balance of the “undecideds” with a grander theme. I think it worked and the Obama team appeared to be blind-sided by it.

About 30 minutes in, I realized we were not watching a debate on foreign policy at all. Romney masterfully kept bringing it back to the American economy, his strongest suit. He reiterated time and again that American foreign policy was dependent upon a strong economy, which only he could restore.

The specific points he did make were fact-checked and he was found to be 100% correct.

The matter of General Motors was a great example. Romney claimed he wrote an op-ed in the Wallstreet journal describing how he thought GM should be guided through a controlled bankruptcy, enabling the car company to free itself from debt and other obligations. He said that the government should guarantee loans and such to help them recover. Obama flatly stated that Romney was not telling the truth and he did not say this. It was fact-checked and what Romney had written years earlier was exactly as he described it during the debate.

The lowest light (there were many low lights) for Obama was, of course, the discussion over the size of our Navy. Romney stated that our Navy is smaller than any time since the early 20th century. He is correct, by the way.

Obama, in a condescending tone, explained that things are different now and we also don’t use horses and bayonets any longer either. Mr. Romney must just not understand modern warfare. Well, in fact, Mr. Obama, the military still uses bayonets and have many times, utilized the horse in Afghanistan. How odd you didn’t know that.

Toward the close of the debate was a discussion on trade and the imbalance with China. This was a walk-off home run for Romney. It was even more satisfying seeing the moderator, Bob Schieffer, desperately trying to help the beleaguered president, to no avail. They could do nothing but watch as Mitt calmly and succinctly presented his case for dealing with China.

This brings me to the hug. Romney won the debate and both he and Obama knew it, the minute it was over. How can I be so sure? Easy; body language.

As the debate ended they both got up, shook hands, at which time, their wives approached them on stage. Mitt was all smiles as he hugged his wife. The cameras were rolling on both the candidates. Simultaneously, Obama hugged Michelle. No smile, eyes closed, with a rather somber look on his face. His expression gave me the impression he knew it was over.

A simple hug was all it took for me to declare a winner, although, by that time, I and most others already knew.

Some Wild, and not so Wild, Photos

Felix the polar bear chews on a $2,000 camera lens dropped into his enclosure at Nuremberg Zoo, Germany. .

A white-tailed eagle catches an eel at the wildlife park Feldberger Seenlandschaft (‘Feldberg Lake District’) in Feldberg, Germany

A baby pygmy hippopotamus keeps close to her mom in their enclosure in Wroclaw Zoo, Wroclaw, Poland

Nile Croc tries to steal dinner fron Lioness and her cubs

An otter shows of his catch, Shetland Islands, Scotland

An adult bonobo stares into the camera at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary at Petites Chutes De La Lukaya, in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Emperor penguins, Ross Sea, Antarctica

A European brown bear relaxes at the Bavarian Forest National Park in Eastern Bavaria, Germany

A monkey rests inside in a bowl, Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India

Eighteen pound giant Tasmanian king crab, Sea Life Center in Birmingham.

Attribution: UK Telegraph

World Leaders for Barack

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Over the past several months, President Obama has been amassing the support of famous world leaders and other international notables (not to mention Hollywood Mensa members like Eva Longoria).

Well, I for one, think that’s terrific. It’s great to hear the rest of the world has as much confidence in our dear president as we do.

It’s not often, nor conventional, for foreign dignitaries to do such a thing. Most world leaders prefer to stay neutral so that they might have an opportunity to work with whichever side emerges victorious.

But these bold leaders are different. They choose not to “sell out” to convention.

So who might these world leaders be, you ask?

Well, there’s Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who, just recently, assured us he’d vote for Obama if he were from the United States. The America-bashing dictator made the announcement on state-owned television, saying “Obama is a good guy” and that if Obama was from Caracas, he’d surely return the favor by voting for Chavez.

Actually Hugo could just catch a flight into Los Angeles the morning of November 6th, cast his ballot (several times, if he so chooses) and catch the next flight back to Caracas.

Earlier in the year the government-official daughter of Cuban military dictator Raul Castro proclaimed her country’s support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” Mariela Castro said during a cable news interview.

I agree that they come from the bottom of something.

Was the word “Forward” used intentionally or, in the words of the later painter, Bob Ross, ” just a happy accident”?

“Forward” is the official Obama re-election slogan and, if you recall, “forward” was also a well-known communist slogan. You may read about it here.

Putin called his U.S. counterpart “a genuine person” who “really wants to change much for the better.” Speaking to Russia’s state-run RT television channel, he said a second Obama term could help solve disputes over missile defense. By “solving” disputes, he means, we would unilaterally disarm, as Obama is already doing and Vlad would retain all Russia’s arsenal by not cutting their nuclear warhead stockpile. There, dispute solved.

As an aside; how come Obama can’t have a state-run television network like his contemporaries? Oh wait, he does. NBC, ABC, CBS, etc.

And why shouldn’t Puty Pute endorse Barack, after the now infamous chat between Obama and then president Dmitri Medvedev, where Barack told Dimitri, ” This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility”. Dimitri then reassures Obama, ” I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladamir”.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the benevolent president of Iran favors Barack over Mitt.

The French Socialist leader is a fan of Barack, yet the famous freedom fighter from Poland, Lech Walesa is not. He is supporting Mitt Romney. Lech probably just wants to take away Polish womens’ right to contraception, like Mitt. What a jerk.

United Nations special rapporteur (investigator) on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson came out and took aim at Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Friday telling The Canadian Press, “There is no doubt that the Romney administration would be able to claim — in the event of a Romney presidency — a democratic mandate for torture.” “That would put Romney as the first world leader in history to be able to claim a democratic mandate for torture,” Emmerson said. This is the same Emmerson who helped defend the radical cleric and terrorist Abu Qatada, as well as other terror suspects. Sounds like an Obama endorsement to me.

All these stalwarts of the free world endorsing one man. Barack must be so proud. After all, he says he favors coalition building and what a great one he has built.

Seriously, how is it these evil people all support the same American candidate? Does this not tell us something?

It would be like Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and O.J. all supporting the same person for Chief of Police. You know, the one who arrests the bad guys. Would that not be strange?

Would you not think, if these evil criminals are supporting the same individual as am I, at the very least, should I take another, more critical look at my candidate?

Kutno, 1940

The old man looks relaxed, almost happy chatting with the soldiers. He and most of the other Jewish citizens pictured here in 1939 and 1940, are smiling, seemingly pleased to pose for photographer Hugo Jaeger.

Yet we know, 40 years later, that these people, and thousands of others like them, were in fact prisoners, to be despized as ‘rats’ and ‘parasites’ in Nazi propaganda.

Even more surprising, Jaeger was Hitler’s personal photographer, enjoying unprecedented access to the Third Reich’s upper echelon, traveling with the Fuhrer to his massive rallies and photographing him at intimate parties and during private moments.

An elderly man with a yellow Star of David fixed to his chest, speaks with German officers as he and other Jews are rounded up in Kunto, German-occupied Poland in 1939 An elderly man with a yellow Star of David fixed to his  chest, speaks with German officers as he and other Jews are rounded up in Kunto,  German-occupied Poland in 1939The photos, released to mark the official establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1940, were taken in the town of Kutno, 75 miles west of the Polish capital Warsaw.Although a staunch Nazi, Jaeger as  photographer perhaps perceived the Polish Jews as fascinating subjects  and his  work depicts their tragic circumstances while at the same time  allowing them to  retain their humanity and dignity.

Apart from the odd soldier, there is very little German military presense. Instead the series shows the devastation in the landscape of the German invasion of Poland, while revealing very little of the ‘master race’ itself.

Exactly what Jaeger had in mind is of course a matter of guesswork, but from the reactions of the people portrayed in these images in Warsaw and Kutno, there appears to be  surprising little hostility between the photographer and his subjects.

Innocent victims: These young Jewish girls couldn't possibly have imagined horrors lay ahead as pose outside their tent in another haunting photograph taken by the ardent Nazi Hugo JaegerInnocent victims: These young Jewish girls couldn’t  possibly have  imagined horrors that lay ahead as pose outside their tent in  another  of Jaeger’s haunting photographs
Ghetto boys: In their tattered rags the two boys smile for the camera, but the man in the centre, most probably their father, has a look of distrust etched across his face Ghetto boys: In their tattered rags the two boys smile  for the camera, but the man in the centre, most probably their father, has a  look of distrust etched across his faceJaeger’s photos made such an  impression on  the Führer that he announced, upon first seeing his work: ‘The future belongs to  color photography.’But beyond recording Hitler’s endless travels, Jaeger also documented the progress of the Reich, including  the Nazi  invasion of Poland in 1939.

The Kutno pictures serve as a unique curiosity. Why, instead of focussing on the glories of Hitler’s third Reich, did a staunch Nazi like Jaeger chose to take pictures of conquered Jews?

In June 1940, all 8,000 of Kutno’s Jews were rounded up and taken to what would be their new home – the grounds of an old sugar factory – where hundreds would die of hunger and Typhus.

Poles and Jews, friends and neighbors, were separated from one another. A Jewish council, the Judenrat, was created and tasked with forcing Jews to obey their German overlords.

While most photographs taken by the Nazis focus on the glory and triumphalism of the Reich, in this unusual set of pictures, Hugo Jaeger has chosen instead to capture the misery of the conquered While most Jaeger’s photographs focus on the glory and  triumphalism of the Reich, here he  has chosen instead to capture the misery of  the conquered people instead
With their clean clothes and hair neatly coiffured, these three young women do not at first glance appear to be Jewish. But look closer and you find a star of David on the coat of the girl on the leftWith their clean clothes and hair neatly coiffured,  these three young  women do not, at first glance, appear anything like Jaeger’s  other subjects. But look closer and  you find a star of David on the coat of the  girl on the left
An elderly Jewish woman bends over outdoor rubble that serves as a kitchen while a man, his Star of David badge clealry visible, watches over her in the Kutno GhettoAn elderly Jewish woman bends over outdoor rubble that  serves as a kitchen while a man, his Star of David badge clealry visible,  watches over her in the Kutno Ghetto
Makeshift dwelling: Jewish inhabitants of the Kutno Ghetto stand near a car which has been converted into a makeshift house in early 1940Makeshift dwelling: Jewish inhabitants of the Kutno  Ghetto stand near a car which has been converted into a makeshift house in early  1940
A young woman clutches a jug as she escorts an elderly Jewish man through the Kutno Ghetto in early 1940A young woman clutches a jug as she escorts an elderly  Jewish man through the Kutno Ghetto in early 1940
Daily life: An aerial view of the Kutno Ghetto which was set up on the grounds of a sugar factoryDaily life: An aerial view of the Kutno Ghetto which was  set up on the grounds of a sugar factory
A Jewish woman uses a washing board to clean clothes in the Kutno. Unusually for an ardent Nazi, Jaeger's allowed his Jewish subjects to retain their dignity and humanityA Jewish woman uses a washing board to clean clothes in  the Kutno. Unusually for an ardent Nazi, Jaeger’s allowed his Jewish subjects to  retain their dignity and humanity
Despite the awfulness of her predicament, this Jewish woman manages to smile brightly for the camera as she poses for JaegerDespite the awfulness of her predicament, this Jewish  woman manages to smile brightly for the camera as she poses for Jaeger

A lucky few managed to escape and were sheltered by their Polish friends. Most were not so lucky.

In 1942, as part of Hitler’s ‘final solution’  the Nazis began Operation Reinhardt, the plan to eliminate all of Poland’s Jews. In the spring of 1942 the Kutno Ghetto itself was ‘liquidated.’ The majority of its inhabitants were sent to the Chelmno extermination camp.

The unique set of pictures could have been lost forever were it not for a bottle of brandy. As the allies advanced into Germany in 1945, Jaeger hid his photographs in a leather suitcase.

He was then confronted by a group of American soldiers. Luckily they were distracted by a bottle of Cognac which they opened and shared with the photographer.

Had they searched the case further, and found so many pictures of Hitler, Jaeger would have most likely been arrested on the the spot and tried as a war criminal.

After such a close shave, Jaeger decided to bury the pictures inside 12 glass jars outside Munich. He would periodically return to their burial place to check they were safe.

In 1955, he dug them up and stored them in a bank vault. Ten years later, in 1965, he sold them to Life magazine.

Fate: In 1942, as part of Hitler's 'final solution' the Nazis began Operation Reinhardt, the plan to eliminate all of Poland's Jews. In the spring of 1942 the Kutno Ghetto itself was 'liquidated'Fate: In 1942, as part of Hitler’s ‘final solution’ the  Nazis began Operation Reinhardt, the plan to eliminate all of Poland’s Jews. In  the spring of 1942 the Kutno Ghetto itself was ‘liquidated’

Attribution: Daniel Miller