This photo was taken by Munich photographer Heinrich Hoffmann at a rally in support of the war against Russia at Odiensplatz in Munich on August 2, 1914. The day before the election of the Reich president, illustrator Beaubachter published an August 1914 photograph with Hitler. For the first time, with a magnifying-glass-like detail of his face.
The caption read: "Adolf Hitler, German patriot. When the last notes of the band were heard by tens of thousands of Munich citizens on 1 August 1914, the German anthem suddenly washed over the square. Adolf Hitler stood in the midst of the crowd with twinkling eyes.
Hitler was accused of lending credibility to the Nazi leader's image as a patriot and a man of the people. The photo later became a favorite Nazi propaganda portrait, appearing with captions such as "Adolf Hitler: A Man of the People". It was used countless times in newspapers, propaganda papers, biographies and school books.
Hoffmann, who was one of the founders of the Nazi newspaper and the main supplier of paintings, always claimed that he had discovered Hitler in the photo by chance after the future Führer visited his studio in 1929.