Introduction    
           
           
In the Summer of 2004 I realized how little I knew about WWII, a war my father had fought in but never talked about. My only evidence that he was actually there was the fine charcoal portrait a German war prisoner had drawn of him. The mute image ornamented a wall in our home my entire youth and now it graces one of my walls. My mother, so effected by the conflict, wouldn't buy German products. For some unexplainable reason I felt I had to learn about the war and Adolf Hitler.
I decided to read Mein Kampf. Well before the war, Hitler was very clear about what he would do if he came to power. To understand the Nazi era I turned to William Shirer's, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a book so captivating as to evaporate time. At this very moment, I received a call from Mr. Joe Brunson, Curator of the WWII Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Joe asked if I would be willing to help the museum in the restoration of a portrait of Adolf Hitler.
A man so despised in my parent's home was now venturing into my home, but conservators don't get to choose the paintings that come to them. I have always felt that a certain Hippocratic Oath was part of my field. One painting is not preserved over another. There aren't two lines. History can not be sanitized. I have researched the painting to understand the impact of the Third Reich on this artist and on art in general. I ask the reader to adopt this historical perspective.
           
           
           
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  Table of Contents  
           
  Page 1: Biographical History  
    Adolf Hitler    
    Heinrich Knirr    
           
  Page 2: Examination  
    Stretcher    
    Gesso    
    Canvas    
    Description    
    Paint    
    Surface Film    
           
  Page 3: Treatment  
    Consolidation    
    Cleaning    
    Edge-Lining    
    Filling    
    Varnishing    
    Retouching    
    Completion    
           
  Page 4: Art Historical Considerations
    Hitler and Art  
    Heinrich Hoffmann  
    The Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung
    Artistic Environment  
           
  Page 5: Knirr Portraits of Hitler  
    1935-1936    
    1937    
           
  Page 6: Knirr Portraits of Hitler  
    1938-A Re-examination  
    Stretcher    
    Medals/Tie Pin    
    Flower    
    Signature    
    Underdrawing    
    Overview    
           
  Page 7: Knirr Portraits of Hitler  
    1938    
    1939    
    Breakthrough    
    In Conclusion    
           
  Page 8: Final Considerations  
    Other Knirr Portraits of Hitler
    Goering's "Portrait of Hitler"
    1940    
           
  Page 9: Acknowledgments  
    To the Reader    
           
           
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