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U.K. spy's 1939 Hitler photos unveiled

May 23, 2007 at 12:06 PM

NOTTINGHAM, England, May 23 (UPI) -- The family of a former British spy released photos Wednesday the man openly took of Adolf Hitler in Germany weeks before World War II began.

David Turner, 64, of Nottingham said he found the pictures taken in Bayreuth, Germany, in July 1939 by his father, David Turner.

The younger Turner said his father -- who died in 1977 -- was able to mingle freely with Hitler at the Wagner Festival, as both of them were regular visitors at the vent and Hitler assumed Turner was simply another Wagner fan.

The images show Hitler getting out of his car, in a conversation with a fellow Nazi and collecting flowers from children at the festival, The Sun reported.

Turner also sat in on a conversation with Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess, and later filed a report back to London, but that report remains classified, the newspaper said.

The Nazis invaded Poland and triggered the global war weeks after the festival.

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