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412 lots with images

January 30, 2013

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ADOLF HITLER CHURCH INTERIOR WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Lot 1: ADOLF HITLER CHURCH INTERIOR WATERCOLOR PAINTING

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Description: ADOLF HITLER CHURCH INTERIOR WATERCOLOR PAINTING Watercolor painting on board attributed to Adolf Hitler and so signed "A. Hitler 1912" at lower left, 18 1/4" x 19 1/2" on heavy art board, an ornate interior view of a church showing statues of cherubs, a bishop, religious paintings, and various accoutrements, with a lone faceless congregant seated at the extreme lower left. The verso bears the red printed paper seal of the store belonging to Samuel Morgenstern. Morgenstern, an Austrian Jew, owned a frame store in Vienna and bought most of Hitler's early paintings for resale...largely to his Jewish clientele. The work bears many similarities to proven examples of Hitler's style: lack of people in the image, which Hitler was unable to draw with any competence, a concentration on architectural style, and most importantly, a rather poor sense of perspective - a fault which would result in Hitler's rejection from art school. Fine condition. This painting is cited on p. 150 (plate 268) in the Billy Price reference Adolf Hitler: The Unknown Artist (Houston: Price Publishing Co.) 1984. Price describes the piece as Interior of the Franciscan Church, held by a private collector in the U.S. and he credits the photo to Peter Jahn. Jahn has been widely recognized as an authenticator of Hitler's artworks. A rare, oversize Hitler painting, and one of only two interior views known - likely commissioned by Morgenstern for a client.

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ADOLF HITLER AWARDS THE KNIGHT'S CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS

Lot 2: ADOLF HITLER AWARDS THE KNIGHT'S CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS

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Description: ADOLF HITLER AWARDS THE KNIGHT'S CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS A superb, rare original document awarding the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Major Fritz Herrmann, 4pp.parchment, 13 1/2" x 16 3/4", boldly signed by Hitler at bottom. The text of the document reads: "In the name of the German People I give Major Fritz Herrmann the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Fuhrer Headquarters 26. December 1941 The Fuhrer and Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht [Signed] Adolf Hitler". The document is intricately hand-lettered in dark brown India ink, and Herrmann's name is rendered in raised gold leaf. A few trivial light stains, else very good. FRITZ HERRMANN fought with the Wehrmacht's 36th Infantry Division in the invasion of France and in Operation Barbarossa. In Russia, the division fought with great distinction as part of XXXXI Panzer Corps. In late October the division helped establish a bridgehead near Kalinin, which it did while under heavy Soviet fire. In November it relieved Kampfgruppe Manteuffel at the Kalinin-Klin-Moscow railway lines near the Volga reservoir. In December 1941, the division had reached just west of Klin when it came under fire from the Soviet's 365th Rifle Division. The Soviet division was forced to retreat after German forces began flanking them from the east. It was during these actions that Major Herrmann undoubtedly distinguished himself. Accompanied by the equally rare presentation folder, 14 1/8" x 17 5/8", the boards covered in burgundy grained red leather and the front cover bearing a left-facing eagle clutching a wreath encircling a swastika. Within, the folders are lined in parchment with the outer edges bearing the same red leather bearing double lines of gilt trim. The maker's name, "FRIEDA THIERSCH", appears in small embossed gilt letters at the bottom of the inside of the rear cover. The front cover bears stains and some surface cuts, corners are bumped, and the front cover may have had its color somewhat restored at some point in time. The hinge bears a small tear at top, and the inside back cover has a waterstain at upper-right. These documents, especially when actually signed by Hitler, are much rarer than one would expect. Since all Knight's Cross documents were hand-made by only one German firm, Frieda Thiersch, a backlog of orders for award documents soon developed. Also, it should be noted that these meticulously hand-crafted documents were all made using India ink calligraphy, obviously very labor intensive, even when done by the skilled and experienced calligraphers employed by Thiersch. Some recipients waited months, or even years, before receiving their award documents. Many recipients actually never received their large award documents, or "Gross-Urkunden"; only a very small fraction of the more than 7,000 Knight's Crosses awarded, from 1939, were accompanied by these formal documents.

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ADOLF HITLER

Lot 3: ADOLF HITLER

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Description: ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. A fine pair of rather intriguing related items signed by Hitler, includes: I.S.P. 7" x 9 1/2" b/w, an early bust profile boldly inscribed: "Frau Yolanthe le Moine Berum Oslo In remembrance Adolf Hitler Munich, 12/April 1933". The photo bears a period Hoffmann backstamp and a few pencil notes in Norwegian on verso. Light corner crease at upper-left, with a slightly sharper 1 1/2" crease above the inscription, else near fine. Set in a period silver frame which requires slight repairs. Hitler maintained his relationship with the lady, as the second piece in the lot is a partly-printed Christmas greeting he sent to her on his personal gold-embossed 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" correspondence card, Berlin, December, 1937. Hitler adds the salutation: "Fr. Lola[?] Berum!" adding at bottom: 'Sent with devotion. Yours Adolf Hitler'. One letter in signature lightly brushed, else very good. The sentiments expressed in the photo inscription and correspondence card are completely atypical of the language normally used by Hitler on such items, especially went sent to a member of the opposite sex, and may indicate that their relationship was of more than a simple acquaintance. We have exhaustively attempted to track down a history of the recipient, but to no avail. The photo is signed eight days before Hitler's birthday and just a little over two weeks after Hitler and the NSDAP established their de facto dictatorship in Germany. It should also be noted that Hitler holograph material is exceedingly rare! Two pieces, worthy of further research.

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NOTES FROM THE INTERROGATION OF ADOLF HITLER'S PHYSICIANS

Lot 4: NOTES FROM THE INTERROGATION OF ADOLF HITLER'S PHYSICIANS

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Description: NOTES FROM THE INTERROGATION OF ADOLF HITLER'S PHYSICIANS An historic collection of five notebooks containing the extensive notes of U.S. Army interrogator Herman Merl, a Vienna-born medical technician who was pressed into service by military intelligence to interview Hitler's primary physicians, Dr. Theodor Morell and Dr. Karl Brandt. Merl's findings would be used in an exhaustive report which would come to be known as "Hitler As Seen By His Doctors" (a copy of which is also offered in this sale). Merl's notes, obtained directly from his estate, are contained within five 65pp. 8vo. "Stenogramm" notebooks, all German-made, four of which are labeled by Merl with the name of the person interviewed and in some cases the date of the interview. The notes are partly in pencil, and much is written in German and in a medical shorthand which we have been unable to decipher, so a careful deciphering of these texts may reveal much. The first notebook is labeled "Dr. Morell Sept. 7, 1945" bears 10pp. of text and begins with Merl's listing of the doctors he interviewed, who also included Drs. Giesing, and von Hasselbach, and he mentions dental x-rays of Gen. Albert Kesselring. On Sep. 21st, Merl notes: "...Dr. Morell...was interrogated from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. by me. He was asked by me about injections...medications, intramuscular, intradermal...He was with Hitler for a period of over 8 years...my interrogation on the medical field will be continued. Questions on Eva Braun, Hitler's girl, was also asked by me. His sexual life and intercourse with Eva Braun was told to me..." The next five days show Merl preparing and translating the Morell report on Hitler, and mentions Kesselring stating that Patton was a "great" general, Clark "good", and Hitler "clever". The second notebook, dated Sep. 21, bears 20pp. of text and appears to be Merl's notes from the Morell interview. Merl's notes are extensive, listing all of the various vitamins, injections, and bizarre compounds Hitler was administered while under the care of Morell, and most of these "remedies" appear in the final report issued by Army Intelligence. Apparently also mentioned are the various male and female hormones, including the extracts of bull testes used by Hitler in an attempt to regulate his level of testosterone. A physical description of Hitler is also set forth, as well as his pulse and the fact that he had tremors. The third and fourth notebooks concern the interrogation of Dr. Karl Brandt and contain a total of 31pp. of text in pencil. In these notebooks, Merl used a great deal of medical shorthand, but it is clear that he obtained Brandt's biography and extensive information on the doctor's treatment of Hitler. Notes on Hitler include: "...gutteral pronounciation...angina...meteorism [an accumulation of gas]...vegetarian...lumbago...strychnine 0.04mg Belladonna 0.4...slight tremor, possible psychogenic origin. After July 20, no tremor...Parkinson?...hysterical, memory excellent...megalomaniac...". The last notebook, 18pp. of text in pencil, bears one disbound page headed "Morell" which leads us to believe that these are notes from a follow-up interview of Morell. They commence with a brief summary of various vitamins and medications given Hitler from 1936, on, and mention an electrocardiogram. He continues, mentioning Morrel's opinion on Hitler's sexuality: "Homosex / [?] Eva Braun = seperate rooms. Was a night person...effusion...Hormones about 12 times...Prokinon[?] = female...female hormone - injection 50,000 units...". Additional content concerns additional injections, Hitler's gall bladder and liver functions, his incresing tremors, nervousness and irritability, a mention of astrology, and lists the names of many of those who were in Hitler's bunker at the time of its capture. Overall in very good condition. DR. THEODOR MORELL (1886-1948) was Hitler's primary and most responsible for the myriad drugs, hormones and quack compounds fed to Hitler for nearly a decade. He was the main rival of Dr. KARL BRANDT (1904-1948), an SS-Brigadefuhrer selected as Hitler's personal physician in 1934. Brandt also headed the Nazi euthanasia program and was hanged for his crimes in 1948. These notes, original source material for the first official report on Hitler's mental and physical state to have been generated from information obtained from his personal physicians, are of great historical importance and should be carefully "translated" for additional facts which may have been excluded or censored from the final Army Intelligence report.

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Lot 5: "HITLER AS SEEN BY HIS DOCTORS..."

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Description: "HITLER AS SEEN BY HIS DOCTORS..." Fascinating printed report, 47pp. legal folio, [n.p., Military Intelligence Service Center], Nov. 29, 1945, a classified report containing a highly-detailed compilation of data obtained from Adolf Hitler's six chief physicians, along with fifteen x-rays of various views of Hitler's skull and several EEGs. The report is the result of interrogations of doctors Theodor Morell, Erwin Giesing, Walter Loehlein, Karl Weber, A. Nissle and E. Brinkmann who each specialized in different areas of treatment. The report opens with a complete physical description of Hitler and his medical history, with neurological data, spinal root functions, psychiatric observations, etc. The report includes many startling revelations - and leaves much out. Some examples: no mention is made of the extensive use of cocaine to treat Hitler's sinuses and throat ailments; he suffered from uncontrollable flatulence and was treated with pills containing strychnine; Morell's believe that Hitler had relations with Eva Braun; injections of extracts of seminal vesicles, testis and prostata of young bulls; rapid coronary sclerosis is detected; and much more. All pages have been lightly laminated for preservation, the x-rays are in their original state. From the estate of Dr. Herman Merl. Merl served as an Army Medical Technician and assisted in interviewing Hitler's physicians and gathering information used in compiling this report. A previous offering by us another copy of this report, with five fewer x-rays, realized an $11,000 hammer price and brought international attention.

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KARL DONITZ

Lot 6: KARL DONITZ

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Description: KARL DONITZ (1891 - 1980) German admiral who headed the U-Boat arm of the German Navy, later succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer after Hitler's suicide. Superb war-date I.S.P. in an exceptionally rare presentation frame, 13 3/4" x 18 1/2" overall, a 7 3/4" x 10 3/4" photo of Donitz showing him half-length in uniform with his baton in hand, looking slightly to his right. The inscription was penned by Donitz on a separate 13" x 4 3/4" sheet of heavier stock and affixed to the bottom of the photo, reading: "Korvettenkapitan Poske in thankful recognition and in faithful camaraderie Donitz 27.10.43 Grossadmiral and Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine". The photo and inscription are set into a silver presentation frame with 5/8" hand-hammerd borders with a small set of crossed batons at top which each bear Maltese Crosses and anchors, as does Donitz's baton. The reverse of the frame bears a maroon faux leather finish, the easel stand is detached and missing. The inscription bears a 1" tear at bottom intruding into the admiral's rank, but otherwise this item is in fine condition. Of course, it is impossible to determine if the item was presented in this form, or if Poske received the dedication seperately from the photo and matched the two pieces together. Nevertheless, the photo, presentation frame and fine association inscription are rare and highly desirable. HANS-GEORG "FRITZ" POSKE (1904-1984) commanded U-504 on several patrols and was a Knight's Cross recipient. He also commanded the Grille, Hitler's state yacht. He sank 15 vessels in North American waters, and was transferred off the submarine just before she was sunk by British depth charges on July 31, 1943.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS

Lot 7: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Fine content typed D.S. "Dr. Goebbels" with several holograph additions, 1p. large 4to., [Berlin, ca. July 29, 1943], the typed text of a telegram to be sent to the "Duce of Fascist Italy, Benito Mussolini" on the occasion of the Italian dictator's sixtieth birthday. In part: "...For your sixtieth birthday, I ask you, Il Duce, to accept my most admirable wishes and allow me to express my admiration for your fighting way of life whose goal is the well-being of the great Italian nation and the preservation of the highest human cultural values. I am sure that this war which Fascist Italy and National Socialist Germany are fighting shoulder to shoulder will end with the great victory of the Axis powers and will bring your life's achievement a crowning from the entire civilized world...". File holes at left, staple holes at top, else very good. Goebbels very likely did not know where to send this telegram as Mussolini was already under arrest by the time of his birthday. On July 24 he had received what amounted to a vote of no confidence, was arrested, and had begun to be shuffled about the country in an effort to keep him out of the hands of any potential Nazi liberators.

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HERMANN GOERING

Lot 8: HERMANN GOERING

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Description: HERMANN GOERING (1893 - 1946) German politician who began his career as an ace in World War I, rose to become Hitler's right-hand man and head of the Luftwaffe, finally captured and committed suicide on the eve of his execution. Important content typed D.S. "Goering", 7pp. 4to., [n.p.], May 20, 1935], the minutes of a meeting concerning the fate of the Free City of Danzig which was attended by Goering, Konstantin von Neurath, Count Schwerin von Krosigk, Wilhem Frick, Hjalmar Schacht, and State Secretary Backe, and from Danzig, Gauleiter Forster and Senate President Arthur Greiser. The group discusses the near bankruptcy of Danzig, in part: "...we will not be able to avoid the introduction of the [Polish] zloty forever, but if Danzig wants to deny the unification of currencies, there will be problems developing with Poland, which will have influence on German politics...we must take measures so that the decline of the [Danzig] gulden is avoided...the propping-up of the currency by financial means is endless, so we must help Danzig in other ways, especially the traffic of goods...Danzig has no assets to pay its employees...that will allow Poland to become involved...the oppostion is strong...in the next public election National Socialism will be in danger...The Reich must support Danzig with additional funds...use propaganda on the citizens...books, magazines, and films...to counteract the coming developments...Germany has no solution to the Danzig question at the moment...the first thing is the reconstitution of Germany's great standing which requires Germany's rearmament...and Germany cannot be held back because of the financial needs of Danzig...". Boldly signed in indelible pencil at conclusion. The minutes are accompanied by a letter from JOHANN LUDWIG VON KROSIGK (1887-1977), Minister of Finance from 1932-45, 1p. 4to. on official letterhead, Berlin, May 25, 1935 forwarding Goering's signed minutes to the Prussian Minister in Berlin and asking him to edit the text. Docketed at top, file holes, else very good. Also present is a T.L.S., 1p. 4to., State Dept. letterhead, Berlin, Sep. 9, 1935, from an unknown party returning Goering's remarks. Overall very good. The economic policy of Danzig's Nazi-led government, including the retrenchment of financial aid from Germany led to a devaluation of more than 40% of the Danziger Gulden in 1935. Reserves and foreign assets declined massively, and Poland protested when Danzig's Senate reduced the value of the Gulden so that it would be the same as the Polish Zloty.

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HERMANN GOERING

Lot 9: HERMANN GOERING

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Description: HERMANN GOERING (1893 - 1946) German politician who began his career as an ace in World War I, rose to become Hitler's right-hand man and head of the Luftwaffe, finally captured and committed suicide on the eve of his execution. Rare, fine content A.D.S. "Goering", 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p., likely Berlin, n.d., ca. September, 1935] to Adolf Hitler, the text of a telegram. In full:"Fuhrer and Reichs Chancellor Talks with [Hjalmar] Schacht succesful Stop All necessary currency for Danzig including the school approved Stop Finance Minister has also approved all payments for Danzig with the Reich Stop Case Danzig closed as desired Goering". The verso of this message bears an A.L.S. of HANS H. LAMMERS (1879 - 1962) Minister and Chief of the Reich Chancellory, dated Sep. 1, 1935, addressed to Werner von Blomberg ("Reichskriegsminister"). The text, difficult to decipher, mentions the Luftwaffe and makes a request. The text has an "X" throught it. Clearly, Goering simply grabbed Lammers' letter and used the verso to use for his message to Hitler. Two file holes, else very good. An interesting behind-the-scenes view of Germany's involvement in Danzig's financial affairs. The economic policy of Danzig's Nazi-led government led to a devaluation of more than 40% of the city's currency in 1935 and Poland was infuriated when the value of the Gulden was reduced to match that of the Polish zloty.

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HEINRICH HIMMLER

Lot 10: HEINRICH HIMMLER

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Description: HEINRICH HIMMLER (1900 - 1945) Hitler's Chief of the Gestapo placed in charge of security and responsible for the construction and operation of extermination camps. He chose suicide rather than face a hangman's noose at Nuremberg. Typed D.S. in his capacity as Minister of the Interior, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Nov. 15, 1943, stamped "Secret", to HERMANN GOERING in his capacity as Minister President of Prussia. In part: "...I am attaching a petition...the Prince [Philipp] von Hessen is married to a daughter of the King of Italy...after the disgraceful betrayal of the House of Savoy against Germany [Italy signed an armistice with the Allies on Sep. 8, 1943], it is impossible that he, as a close relative of the House, continues to have the important office of a Prussian Upper President. I therefore request...[per] the decree of the Fuhrer...to suggest to the Fuhrer that he be transferred into retirement...His personnel file is attached...". Docketed in several places, files holes, else very good. On 8 September 1943, Philipp was arrested on suspicion of espionage as he was married to the daughter of Italian King Victor Emanuele III. He was stripped of his membership in the party and sent to Flossenbuerg concentration camp where he was placed in solitary confinement. On 25 January 1944, his political disgrace became public when he was dismissed from his office as Governor of Hesse-Nassau. Philipp's wife Mafalda was arrested and eventually sent to Buchenwald where she was mortally wounded in a bombing raid.

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GUNTHER PRIEN

Lot 11: GUNTHER PRIEN

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Description: GUNTHER PRIEN (1908 - 1941) Germany's first U-Boat ace who snuck his U-47 into the British anchorage at Scapa Flow and sank the Royal Oak with a huge loss of life. He went on to sink a total of 28 merchant ships before meeting his end in a depth charge attack. Excellent, very rare signed original painting by Prien, 10 1/2" x 7" matted to 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" bearing captions by Prien as well. Using a black ink wash, Prien has executed a dramatic naval encounter of World War I showing five ships bombarding each other, one capsizing at right. At bottom, Prien captions his artwork on the mount (in German): "The cruiser squadron Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, Leipzig, Dresden destroy on 6.11.14 the English armored cruisers Good Hope and Monmouth and damaging Glasgow and Otranto!" Prien also draws arrows and identifies four vessels in his painting. Boldly signed "Prien" at lower-right. Mat lightly soiled, else near fine. Set into a simple frame, lacking glass. At the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile, the Germans completely outclassed and outgunned the British, handing them their first naval defeat since the War of 1812. The entire crews of the Monmouth and the Good Hope were lost.

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WINSTON CHURCHILL AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY

Lot 12: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY

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Description: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY A superb, likely war-date association piece, a menu for a dinner given in honor of Field Marshal BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY for his command of the British Eighth Army commencing on October 23, 1942. The printed menu features a caricature of Monty sitting with another general, possibly French, signed by Montgomery, WINSTON CHURCHILL and 17 other prominent military figures, including: General BRIAN HORROCKS (1895-1985) who commanded the X corps at Alamein; General JOHN HARDING (1896-1989), who commanded the 7th Armoured Division at Alamein; war reporter GODFREY TALBOT (d. 2000), who made his name with dispatches on the Desert Rats' campaign in North Africa; Major JOHN LAWSON; and others worthy of research. Churchill signs boldly on the cover, while the remainder on verso, some in pencil. Central fold, very good condition. A great war-date association.

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MAX AMANN

Lot 13: MAX AMANN

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Description: MAX AMANN (1891 - 1957) Reichsleiter in charge of the Nazi Press. Amann was also Hitler's company sergeant during World War I and conceived the title "Mein Kampf". T.L.S. on his official letterhead, 1p. large 4to., Munich, Dec. 1, 1943 to Gauleiter PAUL GIESLER thanking him for his birthday wishes and for the gift he had sent. Initialed and dated by Giesler at top. Files holes else very good. Paul Gielser (1895-1945) was Gauleiter of Westphalia-South and President of Bavaria. In the closing days, he ordered the murder of all surviving prisoners at Dachau, which order was refused. With his wife, a suicide as the Americans closed in.

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KARL BODENSCHATZ

Lot 14: KARL BODENSCHATZ

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Description: KARL BODENSCHATZ (1890 - 1979) German Luftwaffe minister and previously a member of von Richthofen's "Flying Circus", also served as Hitler's adjutant. Fine association A.L.S. as an oberstleutnant and Goering's Chief of Staff in the Prussian Ministry, 2pp. 4to., Berlin, June 1, 1934 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Bodenschaft advises that he has been instructed to send along Goering's birthday greetings to Goebbels as Goering was visiting his brother-in-law, Swedish Count Eric von Rosen. File holes at left, docket and staple hole at top, else near fine.

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ALBERT BORMANN

Lot 15: ALBERT BORMANN

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Description: ALBERT BORMANN (1902 - 1989) Wehrmacht general and adjutant to Adolf Hitler. Hitler much liked and trusted Bormann, although he and his brother Martin disliked each other intensely. War-date T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Berlin, Sep. 7, 1943 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS sending his "heartiest thanks" for having been remembered on his birthday and sending regards. File holes at left, else very good.

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PHILIPP BOUHLER

Lot 16: PHILIPP BOUHLER

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Description: PHILIPP BOUHLER (1889 - 1945) Nazi war criminal who supervised Hitler's euthanasia program which ordered the "mercy killings" of thousands of retarded, deformed and mentally ill Germans. With his wife committed suicide as Americans closed in. Fine association A.L.S. on his official Reichsleiter letterhead, 1p. 4to., Frankfurt, Aug. 28, 1934 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. In part: "...for your friendly wishes and flowers for our wedding...and in the name of my wife, I thank you very much...". Staple and file holes at left margin, ink receiving stamp at top, else very good.

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VASILY I. CHUIKOV

Lot 17: VASILY I. CHUIKOV

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Description: VASILY I. CHUIKOV (1900 - 1982) Russian general who was an essential planner and director of the battle of Stalingrad, his forces headed the spearhead to Berlin, where he had the honor of receiving the surrender of the city from General Krebs. D.S. 3pp. 4to., [Moscow], Dec. 1, 1949, an attestation concerning the political department of the 196th Infantry Division, specifically concerning Lt. Col. Alexei Vasilyevich Netreba. On the third page, Chuikov orders that the officer remain at his present post. Rough right margin, else very good.

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MARK W. CLARK

Lot 18: MARK W. CLARK

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Description: MARK W. CLARK (1896 - 1984) American Army general, commanded the landings at Salerno and Anzio against the forces of Kesselring. Two items, the first a membership for the Fifth Army Division, measures 3 3/4" x 2 2/3", issued to Jack L. Krevisky on Dec. 11, 1944, boldly signed by Clark at bottom. Along with a S.P. 8" x 10" b/w, a reprint of a vintage image of Clark in uniform, boldly signed in black marker. Two items, very good.

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MARK W. CLARK

Lot 19: MARK W. CLARK

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Description: MARK W. CLARK (1896 - 1984) American Army general, commanded the landings at Salerno and Anzio against the forces of Kesselring. Three T.Ls.S. with varying content, the first on Headquarters of the Far East Command letterhead, May 17, 1952, to Laurence Cotterell of the publishers Harrap & Co. sending thanks for taking care of royalties. Wrinkled, stamp at top, good. Along with another T.L.S. 1p. 4to., on Citadel letterhead, Mar. 1, 1966, to Herbert Watson, sending autographs [not present]; and May 17, 1979, also on Citadel letterhead to Tiny May Walton, in part: "...Your letter...has been received and I really can't do justice to your request. It certainly is an interesting aspect on your project about me in World War II. I think you wrote to the wrong fellow, if you wanted someone who enjoyed, for example, opera. I did at one time to a certain extent, but after fighting throughout the length of Italy and having in the course of the fighting damaged or destroyed some opera houses, I had to return when they were reconstructed...After fighting in Italy, I was the American Occupation Commander and High Commissioner in Austria...After signing the Korean Armistice, I retired...". Three pieces, very good.

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KURT DALUEGE

Lot 20: KURT DALUEGE

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Description: KURT DALUEGE (1897 - 1946) Chief of Security Police in SD central office, appointed SS-Oberstgruppenfuehrer (1942), succeeded Heydrich as Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Hanged by the Czechs in 1946. Fine association T.L.S. in green indelible pencil on his Prussian Ministry of the Interior letterhead, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Feb. 5, 1934 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Daluege sends thanks for the gift of a work of historical propaganda, in part: "...For your new work sent to me from the party press of the NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachf., Munich, I express my heartfelt thanks. The book reminds me how all of your books in recent years, of the old [party] battle times...". File holes at left, one toned spot, else very good.

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Lot 21: KURT DALUEGE

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Description: KURT DALUEGE (1897 - 1946) Chief of Security Police in SD central office, appointed SS-Oberstgruppenfuehrer (1942), succeeded Heydrich as Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Hanged by the Czechs in 1946. Fine association T.L.S. on his official letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Dec. 22, 1939 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. In part: "...For war-Christmas 1939 and to the new fighting-year 1940, my best wishes from me and my wife to you and your entire family. I wish you further the strength and the good health to fulfill our great victory for the Fuhrer and the people...". File holes at left, receiving stamp at top, else near fine.

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KARL DONITZ

Lot 22: KARL DONITZ

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Description: KARL DONITZ (1891 - 1980) German admiral who headed the U-Boat arm of the German Navy, later succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer after Hitler's suicide. His very bold signature on his printed Grossadmiral card sending Christmas and New Year's wishes. Fine.

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JAMES H. DOOLITTLE

Lot 23: JAMES H. DOOLITTLE

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Description: JAMES H. DOOLITTLE (1896 - 1993) American aviator who gained fame both as a racing pilot and as leader of the first air raid on Tokyo during World War II. War-date T.L.S. 1p. 8vo., July 31, 1944, on letterhead of the "Headquarters Eighth Air Force Office" to Shirley Vernon. In part: "...Thanks for your letter of 22 July with sketch attached. I am enclosing a shoulder patch of the Eighth Air Force [not present]...". With original envelope, very good.

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JAMES H. DOOLITTLE

Lot 24: JAMES H. DOOLITTLE

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Description: JAMES H. DOOLITTLE (1896 - 1993) American aviator who gained fame both as a racing pilot and as leader of the first air raid on Tokyo during World War II. Two I.S.P.s, the first a vintage image 8" x 10" b/w, shows Doolittle in uniform. Boldly inscribed at top right: "To Bobby Ree with every good wish J. H. Doolittle". The second is a contemporary image 8" x 10" color, shows Doolittle in his later years in uniform, also boldly inscribed and signed at top right. Very good condition, two pieces.

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KAETHE DORSCH

Lot 25: KAETHE DORSCH

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Description: KAETHE DORSCH (1890 - 1957) Prominent German film actress, a protege and childhood friend of Hermann Goering. Fine association A.L.S. on her letterhead, 2pp. 8vo., Apr. 10, 1934 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Dorsch mentions Goebbels' invitation to visit him and his wife, and mentions that she will be coming to Berlin shortly. She asks if a visit would be possible during her stay. File holes and a receiving docket, else very good. During the war, Dorsch repeatedly urged Goebbels to release prisoners known to her.

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ELK EBER

Lot 26: ELK EBER

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Description: ELK EBER (1892 - 1941) German artist, born Wilhelm Emil Eber. Eber was one of the most famous of German military artists, largely remembered for his distinctive battle scenes and forceful portraits of soldiers and officers in uniform. An early member of the S.A., Eber sketched party events and street battles, while at the same time indulging his passion for painting American Indians and western scenes. Hitler himself was enamored of Eber's work, purchasing several pieces for his collection. Signed print, his "Hand Grenade Battle", 23 1/2" x 18" heavy stock, lightly-signed "Elk Eber" in pencil at lower right. The image shows a group of German soldiers throwing grenades at an unseen enemy at left, though clearly French as one lies wounded at their feet. Some flaws: signature, as mentioned, is light but legible, and is affected somewhat by a stain and toning, some glue remnants at left and right margins, and possibly trimmed, and a few trivial stains. Nevertheless, still very appealing and a very rare image when signed by the artist.

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FRANZ RITTER VON EPP

Lot 27: FRANZ RITTER VON EPP

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Description: FRANZ RITTER VON EPP (1868 - 1947) Nazi politician and general, Governor of Bavaria and Reichsleiter of the NSDAP. Died in an internment camp. Fine association T.L.S. on official correspondence card as Governor of Bavaria, 1p. 12mo., Munich, June 29, 1934 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS sending thanks for a gift of Goebbels' memoir: "From the Kaiserhof to the Reichs Chancellory" which Goebbels had inscribed to von Epp as well. Stamp docket at top, two file holes, else near fine.

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HANS FRANK

Lot 28: HANS FRANK

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Description: HANS FRANK (1900 - 1946) Nazi occupational Governor of Poland partly responsible for the genocide perpetrated there. Fine association T.L.S. "Hans Frank" on his personal Reichsminister's letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Jan. 25, 1935 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Frank warmly thanks Goebbels' for his congratulatory message upon the birth of Frank's daughter on behalf of his wife and himself. Brigitte Frank, named after her mother, had been born twelve days earlier. File holes at left, scorched at extreme margins, else very good.

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HANS FRITZSCHE

Lot 29: HANS FRITZSCHE

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Description: HANS FRITZSCHE (1900 - 1953) Radio propaganda chief in Joseph Goebbels' propaganda ministry. Delivered regular radio broadcasts with the familiar opening "Hier spricht Hans Fritzsche!", making him one of the best-known commentators in Nazi Germany. Fine association A.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Dec. 29, 1939 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. In part: "...In the name of the Department, I am sending you all the best for the New Year...". File holes at left, receiving stamp, else near fine.

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WILHELM FRICK

Lot 30: WILHELM FRICK

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Description: WILHELM FRICK (1877 - 1946) Nazi Minister of the Interior, author of the Nuremburg Laws. Hanged at Nuremberg for his crimes. Fine association A.L.S. "Wilhelm Frick" with attached A.N.S. of his wife, MARGARETE FRICK on his official letterhead, 3pp. . 4to., Berlin, Oct. 29, 19[34] to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. In part: "...For your birthday today best wishes from me and my wife. I hope that the enclosed glueckspilz is a good sign for your succesful work...". His wife adds her birthday wishes on the attached page. File holes else very good. "Glueckspilz" is literally "a lucky mushroom". In this case, it was marzipan, an almond-flavored treat which not a single American has ever developed a taste for.

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WILHELM FRICK

Lot 31: WILHELM FRICK

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Description: WILHELM FRICK (1877 - 1946) Nazi Minister of the Interior, author of the Nuremberg Laws. Hanged at Nuremberg for his crimes. Fine association T.L.S. on Reichstag letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Jan. 17, 1935 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Frick discusses withholding of a portion of government wages to be contributed to the W.H.W. state charitable organization. File holes at left, staple at top, ink stamp and singed at bottom from attempted burning - still very good.

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FRIEDRICH FROMM

Lot 32: FRIEDRICH FROMM

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Description: FRIEDRICH FROMM (1888 - 1945) Wehrmacht general, Knight's Cross awardee and a member of the July 20 bomb plot along with his Chief of Staff, Claus von Stauffenberg. As the plot unraveled, Fromm ordered von Stauffenberg and other conspirators to be executed in order to cover-up his own involvement. He would be arrested and executed for his complicity nonetheless. S.P. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" b/w, an artist's portrait of the general mounted on heavy stock, boldly signed by him on the mount. Fine.

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WALTHER FUNK

Lot 33: WALTHER FUNK

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Description: WALTHER FUNK (1890 - 1960) Nazi Minister of Economics who confiscated goods of imprisoned Jews for the Reichsbank via Himmler. Sentenced to life imprisonment. Fine association A.L.S. on his official letterhead, 1p. 4to., Salzburg, Dec. 31, 1939 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Season's greetings, in part: "...you and your wife sent me wonderful presents for Christmas...as always, with your presents, we feel that they were chosen with special care and love...". Marginal file holes, else fine.

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ADOLF GALLAND

Lot 34: ADOLF GALLAND

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Description: ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994) German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters. Holder of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. A group of three 4" x 6" b/w reproductions of vintage images of Galland in uniform, each boldly signed in black marker. One image has poor contrast, the others are very good.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS

Lot 35: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses, who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Fine content T.L.S. 4 pp., 4to., Berlin, Apr. 23, 1936 to Walter Buch, chief of the Supreme NSDAP Court, intervening in the court case against his friend Hans Schwarz van Berk, editor-in-chief of the Nazi paper "Der Angriff". After a visit in December 1934 to the political Berlin cabaret "Die Katacombe", Hans Schwarz van Berk wrote into the guestbook: "Dangerous or not dangerous! Carry on!", which caused him to be accused of damaging behavior against the Party by former colleague Hans-Joachim Rechenberg, partly due to personal differences. Goebbels explains the circumstances of the case: "…van Berk was working in connection with my department regarding the creation of a National Socialist political cabaret...The cabaret was closed in May 1935 on my orders…in part due to the questionable demographic of the audience". Prior to the closing Goebbels had planted secret police in the audience to report back to him. He adds: "…after the closure, van Berk wrote an article defending the actions of the government....Rechenberg, who knew about the entry in the guestbook, did not use this information until November 1935 when, in absence of van Berk, while intoxicated, he insulted him and called him a scoundrel...I should point out...Rechenberg had professional differences with van Berk… and was behind several personal attacks…which ended in dismissal of Rechenberg from the Eher Publishing Company...I believe it is very harsh, condemning an editor for defending the actions of the state...I ask to take into account that Schwarz van Berk is of invaluable service to the state and the movement through his countless publications as a respected national-socialist journalist. Please take my opinion into account when deciding on a final judgment...Heil Hitler! Your Dr. Goebbels". Four tears in upper left hand corner professionally repaired with tape. Paperclip marks top right, files holes and folds, else fine.

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Lot 36: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Important content partly-printed D.S., 3pp. 4to., Berlin, Oct. 10, 1935, the publishing contract between Goebbels and the official publishing house for the NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachfolger giving the publishing house exclusive rights to Der Angriff - Aufsaetze aus der Kampfzeit ("The Attack - Essays from the Time of Struggle"). The terms of the contract are standard for the time and place: Goebbels gives permission for publication and distribution in all forms, Goebbels warrants that he is of "true Aryan origin", he will receive a 10% royalty, and so on. File holes, else very good. Der Angriff founded by Goebbels in 1927, was a mass circulation paper that fought the hated "System" with rude and aggressive language. Anti-parliamentarism and anti-semitism were its self-defining themes. The most regular contributors were party functionaries; lead articles were usually written by Goebbels and signed "Dr. G." The book mentioned here is a collection of Goebbels' essays.

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Lot 37: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Fine association and content T.L.S. "Dr. Goebbels", self-typed (and so stated) on his Reichsminister of Propaganda letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Jan. 28, 1936 to HERMANN GORING. In part: "...Regarding your letter...the repeal of the immunity of Party Member [Walter] Schulze-Wechsungen, here is my position...after the review of the report from the Attorney General...I believe that the repeal of immunity is necessary...internment only if the Attorney General believes it is absolutely necessary. I request that in the interest of the Movement that the negotiations take place with the public excluded...". File holes at left, else fine. WALTER SCHULZE-WECHSUNGEN (1902-1944) was the top propagandist in Goebbel's ministry. In 1933 he was elected to the Prussian Parliament, and later received a seat in the Reichstag. Charges of corruption led to his arrest, internment at Orianenburg, and eventual death at that place.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS

Lot 38: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Rare A.L.S., 1p. 12mo., [Berlin, 1934], a draft response in pencil to the notorious Philipp Bouhler sending warm wishes on the former's upcoming marriage. Goebbels' draft is penned on the verso of the the wedding announcement of PHILIPP BOUHLER (1889 - 1945) Nazi war criminal who supervised Hitler's euthanasia program which ordered the "mercy killings" of thousands of retarded, deformed and mentally ill Germans. He and his wife would commit suicide as Americans closed in at war's end. File holes and paperclip and staple stain, still near fine.

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Lot 39: JOSEPH GOEBBELS

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Draft T.L.S. "Dr. G" in indelible pencil. , 1p. 4to., Berlin, Oct. 13, 1943 to Prof. Ferdinand Sauerbruch sending his congratulations upon the latter having been awarded the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords. Also included is a typed response from Sauerbruch to Goebbels, 1p. 4to., Nov. 8, 1943 acknowledging Goebbels' letter. FERDINAND SAUERBRUCH (1875 - 1951) was a German surgeon and a fervent nationalist who wanted to undo the "humiliation of Versailles". Surgeon General to the army, he was charged by allies with having contributed to the Nazi dictatorship, but not convicted for lack of evidence.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS AND ROBERT LEY

Lot 40: JOSEPH GOEBBELS AND ROBERT LEY

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS AND ROBERT LEY Fine pair of related letters includes: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda, typed D.S. "Dr. G" with one holograph correction, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Feb. 15, 1943, the text of a telegram sent to Dr. Robert Ley congratulating him on his 53rd birthday: adding: "...my wife and my most sincere wishes for your successful business activities and personal prospererity. May you have many years of a rich life granted in service to the Fuhrer and the people...". Sold with the corresponding response from ROBERT LEY (1890-1945), the Nazi leader and ardent anti-Semite who headed the Labor Front, sent in a T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Feb. 19, 1943 Ley responds with thanks for the message which had made him especially happy. Both letters have file holes at left margins, dockets and staple holes, still very good.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS DRAWS HIS 1936 SALARY

Lot 41: JOSEPH GOEBBELS DRAWS HIS 1936 SALARY

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS DRAWS HIS 1936 SALARY JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Fine content D.S., 1p. 8vo., Berlin, Jan. 9, 1935, issued by the Reich Main Accounting Office. Goebbels' salary statement for the calendar year 1935 showing that he had received over 28,160.40 Reichsmarks before taxes, including expenses of 4,800 Reichsmarks, from which 2,551.64 Reichsmark were deducted for taxes. Light fold, file holes, else very good. With a secretary's signature and official stamp.

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HERMANN GOERING

Lot 42: HERMANN GOERING

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Description: HERMANN GOERING (1893 - 1946) German politician who began his career as an ace in World War I, rose to become Hitler's right-hand man and head of the Luftwaffe, finally captured and committed suicide on the eve of his execution. Good association T.L.S. on his personal Ministerpresident letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Jan. 21, 1938 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Goering thanks his long-time adversary for remembering him with gifts given on the occasion of his birthday and Christmas, concluding: "...with comradely wishes in old solidarity Heil Hitler!...". File holes at left, docketed, and scorched at top during an attempt to burn Goebbels' papers - still fine.

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Lot 43: HERMANN GOERING

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Description: HERMANN GOERING (1893 - 1946) German politician who began his career as an ace in World War I, rose to become Hitler's right-hand man and head of the Luftwaffe, finally captured and committed suicide on the eve of his execution. War-date partly-printed D.S. "Hermann Goering", 1p. sm. folio, "Fuhrer Headquarters" [n.p.], Oct. 27, 1941, official permission allowing Dr. Josef Faltin to retire from his position as a teacher as he had requested. Boldly signed in blue ink at bottom, also bears a lithographed signature of Adolf Hitler. Small paperclip stain at top, else very good to fine.

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EMMY GOERING

Lot 44: EMMY GOERING

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Description: EMMY GOERING (1893 - 1973) German actress and the second wife of Luftwaffe Commander-in-Chief Hermann Goering. She served as Adolf Hitler's hostess at many state functions, which led to her claiming the title of "First Lady of the Third Reich". Fine association T.L.S., 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Apr. 4, 1936 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. Goering warmly thanks Goebbels for remembering her birthday and sending her "gorgeous birthday flowers, which surprised me... ". Docketed at top, file holes in blank left margin, else very good.

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ARTHUR GREISER

Lot 45: ARTHUR GREISER

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Description: ARTHUR GREISER (1897 - 1946) Nazi German politician, Senate President of Danzig, SS-Obergruppenführer and Reich Governor of Wartheland. He was one of the persons primarily responsible for organizing the Holocaust in Poland and numerous other crimes against humanity, including the murder of 100,000 Jews on Himmler's direct order, the use of gas vans at Chelmno, and destruction of Polish families and culture. Executed by the Poles following his trial. Fine content T.L.S. on official letterhead as President of the Senate of the Free City of Danzig, 3pp. large 4to. with 2pp. addendum, Danzig, June 30, 1936 to Staatsrat Neumann at the Prussian Ministry in Berlin. Political machinations, in part: "...I believe you have seen the report I gave Goering...as far as the person of the High Commissioner of Danzig and [his removal]...with the backing of the German Reich...there is no objection from the standpoint of the statutes of the Free City of Danzig...". Greiser discusses Poland's rights vis-a-vis Danzig, adding: "...How Poland will react I do not at this time know...I expect an official Polish initiative...I request immediate instructions as to how to respond...". Greiser also asks that Goering intercede so that his instructions will be made perfectly clear. File holes, else fine. The addendum included are the minutes of a June 8, 1936 meeting in Munich between Hitler, Goering, von Neurath, von Blomberg, Schacht, Greiser and Gauleiter Forster. At the meeting it is decided that Danzig is not to be surrendered, and will not request assistance from Poland. New laws will be enacted which will put currency and gold markets under the control of "die Notenbank", Poland will not be forewarned of any actions, and if necessary Germany will become involved. Existing contracts and savings programs will be broken if the opposition does not agree to their termination, and RM14 million is guaranteed to a savings program. File holes at margin, pencil docket at top, else fine condition. Although tempers had already risen over the visit of the German cruiser LEIPZIG and the vessel's captain failing to pay official respects to the High Commissioner - earlier mentioned in this letter - it would be another eight months before the High Commissioner would finally resign with the approval of both Germany and Poland. The financial system, however, would immediately seriously deteriorate under Nazi control.

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ARTHUR GREISER

Lot 46: ARTHUR GREISER

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Description: ARTHUR GREISER (1897 - 1946) Nazi German politician, Senate President of Danzig, SS-Obergruppenführer and Reich Governor of Wartheland. He was one of the persons primarily responsible for organizing the Holocaust in Poland and numerous other crimes against humanity, including the murder of 100,000 Jews on Himmler's direct order, the use of gas vans at Chelmno, and destruction of Polish families and culture. Executed by the Poles following his trial. Fine content T.L.S. on official letterhead as President of the Senate of the Free City of Danzig, 3pp. large 4to., Danzig, Apr. 29, 1936 to Staatsrat Neumann at the Prussian Ministry in Berlin. In part: "...on May 11 is the new conference of the League of Nations...with a great deal of trickery...I was able to make it so that the High Commissioner will not have any difficult issues concerning Danzig on the agenda...the opposition parties are trying to bring up the Danzig question in Geneva...we can expect that we will not be the center of attention...the only issue about Danzig on the agenda is...an extension of the current mandate...there is a danger that other council members will bring the subject of Danzig up at the meeting...I will definitely go to Geneva so that I can get involved if something occurs...psychologically it is important to show up for support, not only when we are accused...I request a reception...to know the intentions of the Fuhrer...accordingly I will adjust my tactics for Geneva...". The Nazis controlled the Free City of Danzig's finances in 1936, an election year. The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations decreed that the Free City was to remain separated from Germany, as well as Poland and East Prussia. The Free City was under the protection and administration of the League of Nations which had, however, delegated its administration in favor of internal autonomy, supervising only its finances.

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WOLFGANG VON GRONAU

Lot 47: WOLFGANG VON GRONAU

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Description: WOLFGANG VON GRONAU (1893 - 1977) German aviator and military officer, a co-pilot and member of the crew of the first plane to circumnavigate the earth flying west to east. During World War II, von Gronau was Hitler's Luftwaffe attache at the German embassy in Tokyo and was interned by the Japanese until the end of the war, then held by the Americans until 1947. Rare signed book by von Gronau, "How I Learned to Fly", Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun. Leipzig, 1935, 88pp., 12mo. Inscribed on the front flyleaf: "Herrn Stark, Shanghai with best greetings, W. von Gronau, Tokio 1941". Fine.

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LEOPOLD GUTTERER

Lot 48: LEOPOLD GUTTERER

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Description: LEOPOLD GUTTERER (1902 - 1996) Nazi official and politician, Secretary in the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, a close confidante of Goebbels who introduced policies for the identification of Jews in Germany. Fine association A.L.S. on his official letterhead, 2pp. 4to., Berlin, Oct. 29, 1943 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. In part: "...this is a serious and difficult year in which you celebrate your birthday...a year in which you...contributed greatly to the war effort...it is custom on such a day to take account, to see if you really lived, to see if you did the best you could. You did and you can be proud and satisfied about the past year...you were a good example to all your employees...you assured us and you aroused us...". File holes at left, else very good.

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ERICH HARTMANN

Lot 49: ERICH HARTMANN

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Description: ERICH HARTMANN (b. 1922) German ace, the top ace of all time, with 352 aerial kills during which he never lost a wing man. Captured and held by the Soviets for ten years. Holder of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. Group of four S.P.s, 8" x 10" each, contemporary reproductions of vintage shots showing Hartmann standing over a reclined astronaut and examining a model of a FG-767. Each is boldly signed in blue marker. One bears some coffee stains at bottom margin, clear of signature, otherwise fine condition, four pieces.

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ERICH HARTMANN

Lot 50: ERICH HARTMANN

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Description: ERICH HARTMANN (b. 1922) German ace, the top ace of all time, with 352 aerial kills during which he never lost a wing man. Captured and held by the Soviets for ten years. Holder of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. Group of three S.P.s 8" x 10" each, contemporary reproductions of vintage shots with two showing Hartmann standing over a reclined astronaut and another examining a model of a FG-767. Each is boldly signed in blue marker. One bears very slight staining at bottom margin, clear of signature, otherwise fine condition. Three pieces.

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