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Globe-Themed Bar From Hitlerâ€™s Yacht Is Being Sold for $75,000
On October 29, Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland will sell off an item that comes with a mandated starting bid of $75,000: a self-contained bar and five bar stools that once sat on Adolf Hitlerâ€™s yacht, which was called Aviso Grille.
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Handwritten speeches by Hitler fetch over $40K at Munich auction
Handwritten speech notes by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler sold at auction in Munich. The Hermann Historica auction house defended the sale of the manuscripts, all dated before the outbreak of World War II, saying they were of historical significance and belong preserved in a museum. A 9-page manuscript by Hitler outlining his speech to new military officers in Berlin in 1939 about eight months before the beginning of World War II fetched the top price of 34,000 euros ($40,300).
Nazi eagle in Uruguay auction should go to museum
A large bronze eagle with a swastika under its talons soon to be auctioned in Uruguay should go to a museum or educational institute, a US Holocaust research centre is urging.
Hitler's Last Letter from His Bunker and Suicide Sofa Relic Go to Auction
Maryland auctioneers Alexander Historical Auctions will be offering some of the most important surrender documents of WWII in their June 9 "No Surrender" live auction. Included in the monumental sale is Hitler's last letter from his bunker declaring that he "will remain in Berlin"; a swatch of blood-stained cloth from the sofa upon which the dictator committed suicide; the British order to surrender the last troops in Hong Kong, along with the Japanese surrender of Hong Kong back to the British four years later; the German peace negotiator's last-ditch telegram insisting there must be a "signature or chaos"; a German general's order that saved 1,500,000 soldiers' lives; and much more.
Replica ceremonial baton made for Hitler's successor Grand Admiral Karl Donitz sells for 25,000 Pounds
A ceremonial baton that was made for Adolf Hitler's successor has sold for almost Â£25,000 at auction. Grand Admiral Karl Donitz was commander of the German navy during World War Two but assumed the role of Fuhrer after Hiter's suicide on April 30, 1945. But a week later Donitz met with Allied commanders to sign the instrument of surrender, bringing an end to war in Europe.
Hitler's top hat and Eva Braun's dresses among Nazi memorabilia to go under the hammer at Munich
Adolf Hitler's top hat, Eva Braun's dresses and a silver-covered edition of Mein Kampf are among the items up for sale at a German auction house. Munich-based Hermann Historica will be selling 147 items from the Third Reich on November 20. They include the possessions of Nazi leaders such as Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels, many of which were seized by US soldiers in the final days of the Second World War. Some of the more unusual lots include a copy of Hitler's rental contract in Munich and a pair of sunglasses worn by a defendants at the Nazi war crimes trials in Nuremberg to avoid the glare of the floodlights.
Hitler's telegram saying he refused to flee Berlin
A telegraph dubbed 'Hitler's suicide note' in which the Nazi leader refused to flee Berlin in order to be seen as a valiant leader just days before taking his own life is up for auction. The German chancellor sent the historic memo to one of his favourite commanders, Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, who had urged him to flee the besieged capital. It states: 'I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in honourable fashion, in the decisive battle for Germany, and to set a good example to all those remaining. I believe that in this way I shall be rendering Germany the best service. For the rest of you, every effort must be made to win the struggle for Berlin. You can there help decisively, by pushing northwards as early as possible.'
Milestone to auction Hitler`s wartime desk, rare militaria, Jan. 27
Hitler`s custom-made oak and leather desk and chair from his Munich residence, a 1929 gift from Mrs. Elsa Bruckmann (nee Princess Cantacuzene of Romania) Accompanied by manufacturer`s hand-signed letter to Hitler advising him of the furniture`s completion, is to be sold at auction.
Hitler's phone book found in Reich Chancellery auctioned off for 33,000 Pounds
Hitler's phone directory which contains details of some of the key Nazi figures has sold for £33,000 - twice its estimate at auction. The address book was found in Reich Chancellery at the end of the Second World War by Captain John Hodgewho was a a British Grenadier Guards officer. It came up for auction 72 years later and was sold today by Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes in Wiltshire, for £33,000. The directory contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers members of the Nazi party. It contains more than 200 handwritten entries, including Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolph Hess, Hermann Goering, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Reinhard Heydrich, Albert Speer and Albert Bormann, though there is one glaring omission - Adolf Hitler.
Third Reich in 100 objects: The Führer's tiny moustache brush is among a hidden Nazi trove locked away for 75 years
Rudolf Hess' long johns and a moustache comb belonging to Adolf Hitler are among a collection of 100 items that have been uncovered in an alternative look at the Third Reich. Most of the items were confiscated by the British secret service for 'propaganda' purposes and have been locked away in the Imperial War Museum archives in London for the past 75 years. The assortment of memorabilia will now feature in historian Roger Moorhouse's new book, The Third Reich in 100 Objects.
A big Nazi eagle from German battleship Admiral Graf Spee inflames a heated debate in Uruguay
A big Nazi eagle with a swastika under its talons is such a divisive symbol that it has been kept hidden inside a sealed crate in a Uruguayan navy warehouse for more than a decade. The 800-pound bronze piece was part of the stern of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee that sank off the South American country's coast at the outset of World War II. Controversy has swirled around the eagle ever since it was recovered in 2006, and now a battle has broken out over its fate after the government asked lawmakers and Uruguay's Jewish community what it should do with it.
Uruguay is set to sell bronze eagle recovered from wreck of the Graf Spee to raise money for its armed forces
Uruguay is set to sell a bronze eagle grasping a Nazi swastika recovered from the pocket battleship Graf Spee which was scuttled off Montevideo in December 1939 to help fund its military. The German ship, which was one of the most advanced in the world, had been attacking merchant shipping in the south Atlantic with relative impunity following the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939. However, the vessel, which was ambushed by the Royal Navy, suffered major damage in the Battle of River Plate and was forced to seek refuge in the neutral port of Montevideo for repairs to make her sea worthy.
Should Germany keep its Nazi relics to teach young people
Over 70 years after Hitler's death, relics from his rule are still being discovered in churches and public buildings across Germany. Should they be demolished or preserved for posterity as eye witnesses dwindle? When Sigrid Peters, the organist in a 1,000-year-old village church in southwestern Germany, heard that one of the church bells had a swastika and a Nazi inscription on it, she was appalled. "You can't have a baby being christened and a bell with the writing 'Everything for the Fatherland' ringing out to mark the occasion," the retired music teacher said.
Hitler`s red personal telephone from Fuhrerbunker up for auction
Hitler`s personal telephone, which he used to send millions to their deaths is up for auction. The red phone, which has the dictator`s name engraved on it, was recovered from the Fuhrerbunker, Berlin, by Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner in May 1945. It is up for auction in Chesapeake City, Maryland, next month and is estimated to go for £400,000. The Siemens phone also has a swastika and NSDAP eagle inscribed above Hitler`s name and is `unequaled in historic importance`.
Tapestry from Eagle's Nest returning to Germany (Bavarian National Museum in Munich)
Growing up, Cathy Hinz and her five siblings would run up and down the stairs at their Minneapolis home, one hand on the banister, the other skimming a memento hanging on the wall that their father had brought back after fighting in World War II: a 16th century tapestry that once graced Adolf Hitler's retreat perched high in the Bavarian Alps. That tapestry, purchased for Hitler's Eagle's Nest the year before the war began from a Munich art gallery owned by a Jewish family, will be formally returned in a ceremony in Germany. It will eventually be displayed at the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.
Eagle that once adorned Hitler's private train recovered by Wisconsin historical center
A chromium eagle that once adorned the train of Adolf Hitler will be on display in the new acquisitions case until late in the fall, said Bob Fuhrman, director of the Bong Center. The Douglas County Historical Center donated the lost and recovered war trophy to the center that shares military history with the public. The eagle with a Nazi swastika beneath its talons was donated to the Douglas County Historical Society in 1946. The artifact vanished from the society`s collection. It was recovered when DCHS director, Tony Tracy, spotted the artifact last August on Craigslist while scrolling through antiques. Tracy notified Superior police of his suspicions about the artifact — that it could be one missing from the historical society`s collection.
Buyer spends more than €600,000 at Nazi memorabilia auction, including Hitler`s jackets
A buyer who said he came from Argentina has spent more than €600,000 (£465,000) on Nazi memorabilia, including one of Adolf Hitler`s jackets, at an auction in Germany. The mystery buyer spent €275,000 (£210,000) on the jacket and €3,000 (£2,320) on a set of Hermann Göring`s silk underwear in his purchases of more than 50 items. The top bidder also bought the brass container that held the hydrogen cyanide that Göring, chief of the air force and founder of the Gestapo, used to kill himself hours before his scheduled execution in 1946 in Nuremberg.
Nazi memorabilia to go under the hammer, including clothes that belonged to Hitler
A section of a rope used to hang Austrian Nazi Ernst Kaltenbrunner in Nuremberg in 1946 is set to go under the hammer in Munich along with clothes that belonged to Adolf Hitler and other Nazi memorabilia. Another item to be auctioned off is Nazi Commander of the Luftwaffe Hermann Goering's brass container for the hydrogen cyanide phial used for his suicide two hours before his scheduled execution on October 15th, 1946. The items are from the collection of the American doctor John K. Lattimer, who served as a medical officer during the War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg.
Hitler's silver utensils and Eva Braun`s powder compact sold off in public auction
Silver utensils belonging to Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were auctioned off for high prices in Germany. The buyer's name was not disclosed. The lots included silver plates, wine cups all marked with swastikas and Hitler`s initials. Eva Braun`s powder box was marked with her initials "EB". All the lots were auctioned off on Saturday in the city of Kirchheim unter Teck by Andreas Thies` auction house.
Telegram Goering sent Hitler asking him if he could take over the Nazi party in last days sold for $55,000
A telegram sent to Hitler on the eve of his downfall has been sold for $55,000. The document was sent by Hermann Göring in the final days of the war when he got word that Hitler was in hiding in a bunker in Berlin and wanted to turn the country over to him. Göring then sent Hitler a telegram on April 23, 1945, asking to take charge. If he didn't receive a reply by 22:00 that evening, he would assume that Hitler had lost his freedom of action and take up the reigns of the falling regime. With the message, the Nazi leader risked treason, but was concerned that if he waited, his chance at power would pass him by. The telegram threw the Führer into rage. In Hitler's testament, written on April 29, 1945, Göring was dismissed of all authority.
Bronze horses stolen from outside Hitler's centre of power in Berlin recovered
A pair of horses which once stood outside Hitler's Reich Chancellery in Berlin has been recovered by police raiding a Nazi black market art ring. One of them was a 16ft by 33ft mammoth granite relief by favoured Nazi artist Arno Breker. The horses once stood on either side of the stairs into the chancellery that Hitler had built in Berlin as the centre of Third Reich power. It was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing and the shells of the invading Red Army. What remained of its collapsing walls was looted by the Soviets to make a war memorial to its fallen soldiers in Berlin before they blew it up. The horses, constructed by artist Josef Thorak, were seized by the Red Army and it was assumed they had long ago been melted down.
Nazi surrender order issued by Hitler`s successor expected to fetch nearly $40K at auction
A surrender order issued by Adolf Hitler`s successor in the final days of the WW2 is being auctioned. The typed dispatch was sent by Admiral Karl Doenitz at 10:40 p.m. on May 8 informing his commanders that the war was over and that all hostilities were to cease. `Effective immediately, no maritime vehicle or aeroplane shall be sunk or destroyed, no military equipment may be damaged in any way,` he wrote, warning that failure to comply would bring punitive action from the Allies. While the Nazis burned and destroyed their paper records, one copy of the historic order survived in the pocket of Field Marshall Robert Ritter von Greim, head of the Luftwaffe. It is owned by a private collector and will be auctioned at Bonhams in New York.
Shotgun believed to be Hitler`s sells for $150,000
Midwest Exchange posted the auction on GunBroker.com for the seller. Bidding started at $100,000 on Dec. 1, but the auction received only two bids — $124,000 and $136,500 — neither of which topped the reserve price set before the auction started. However, the offer also attracted an outside bidder who contacted Midwest Exchange personally and offered the winning price of $150,000. The gun — designed and manufactured by Germany`s Krieghoff Gun Company — is a side-by-side shotgun chambered for 12-gauge shells. It features elaborate engravings of woodlands with deer and stag, all done by a master engraver of the time. Also, and most interestingly, the initials `AH` are engraved at the bottom of the trigger guard.
French war veteran sells four photo albums taken as 'souvenirs' from Adolf Hitler's library
A French veteran made more than 10,000 euros selling four photo albums he took from Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat as "a souvenir" in the final days of World War II. The albums, which contain pictures and messages of admiration, were presented to Hitler by supporters in the 1930s and early 1940s. The books went to a single buyer who paid a total sum of 10,100 euros. Paul Gerbi, 92, who took the four items from Hitler's library at his mansion, the Berghof, in Berchtesgaden in the southern state of Bavaria, said the proceeds from the sale make a nice gift for his grandchildren. Gerbi, who fought as a sergeant in General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division, said he arrived at the mountain retreat in the Bavarian Alps on May 4, 1945, four days before the end of the war and four days after Hitler's suicide in Berlin.
German pizza giant Dr Oetker reveals Nazi-era past
The head of Dr Oetker - one of the world's biggest frozen pizza makers - has revealed the family firm's links to Germany's Nazi party. Company chairman August Oetker was speaking ahead of a book that studies the history of the family's links with the Nazis. His father, Rudolf-August Oetker, was a member of Adolf Hitler's Waffen SS. Rudolf-August Oetker ran the company, based in Bielefeld after World War II and died in 2007: "My father was a National Socialist. He didn't want to talk about this time. He said, 'children, leave me in peace'." He said his father, who had joined the Nazi party in the 1930s, had been influenced by his step-father, Richard Kaselowsky, who was a staunch supporter of Hitler and ran Dr Oetker before him.
Hitler's swastika ring pocketed by an American troop expected to fetch £70,000 at auction
A rare Nazi bling-ring once owned by Adolf Hitler is going up for auction in Maryland next week and is expected to fetch at least £70,000. The 'Hitler Ring' -- made by fanatical Nazi goldsmith Karl Berthold -- is constructed of silver and was originally plated with gold, though not much is left after 75 years. On the ring is a huge swastika that is supported by other swastikas and swords. The piece is crowned by a large ruby and mounted in a silver globe which rests on an elaborate foot, also with a swastika.
Hitler's address book - listing him as a writer - discovered in personal collection of his housekeeper
Adolf Hitler`s address book for Munich that lists him as a writer has emerged for sale. The document comes with the original receipt dated December 19, 1931 and the Nazi leader has also signed and dated it. Also loosely inserted is a printed circular letter, addressed in typescript to Hitler, offering various different versions of the book. In the 1932 directory Hitler is listed on page 413 as schriftsteller - writer - because of the publication of his book Mein Kampf. His address is listed as 16,2 Prinzregentplatz and the directory came from the personal collection of Hitler`s housekeeper, Annie Brunner.
Memories of WWII: A German Family's Tangled Wartime History
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Ancient Buddhist statue - found by a Nazi expedition in Tibet - made from meteorite
An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Elmar Buchner explained the statue was brought to Germany by the Schaefer expedition. The Nazi-backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race. The existence of the 10.6-kilogram (23.4-pound) statue, known as "iron man," was only revealed in 2007 when its owner died and it came up for auction.
Hitler's tea tray - 50th birthday present - fetched a staggering £28,000 at auction
A silver tray presented to Hitler as a 50th birthday present fetched £28,000 at auction. The silver presentation tray, which had The Führer's personal German eagle crest and his initials on it, was expected to sell for £5,000. But a bidding frenzy sent the price through the roof as desperate militaria collectors from around the world battled fiercely for the ownership. Hitler's tray was part of a lavish 50th birthday gift from his military architect Albert Speer. Speer had ordered six silver dinner services totaling 3,000 pieces for Hitler. The sale was arranged by Dreweatt's in Bristol, one of the UK's leading sellers of Third Reich memorabilia.
Hitler's silver tray - given to him by Albert Speer on his 50th birthday - goes up for auction
A silver tray presented to Hitler on his 50th birthday is expected to fetch over £1,000 at auction when it goes under the hammer. The gift - given by Albert Speer - capped off a day of celebration for the war-time leader, who earlier had paraded through Berlin in front of hundreds of thousands of cheering Germans. The tray was a crowning piece in an array of 3,000 pieces of cutlery ordered by Speer, and is embossed with the Nazi leader's personal German eagle crest and his "AH" initials. The silver tray is due to go under the hammer at Dreweatt's militaria sale in Bristol on March 6.
Hitler's desk set sold for $423,000 to a California historical collector
The desk set that once belonged to the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, sold for $423,000 to a California historical collector at a Stamford auction, according to Bill Panagopulos, owner of Alexander Historical Auctions. the desk set has historic significance because photos shows the set was used at the signing of the Munich Pact on Sept. 30, 1938, at which Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland was ceded by France and England to Germany. The solid cast brass desk set still has Hitler's initials "AH" and an eagle facing to its left, symbolizing the Nazi Party versus the military, which in turn clutches in its talons a wreath encircling a Swastika.
Hitler's bed linen embroidered with swastika, eagle and initials goes up for sale
Two pieces of Adolf Hitler's monogrammed bed linen are expected to fetch £3,000 at auction. The Fuhrer's linen was embroidered with his own stylized Third Reich eagle, perched astride a swastika inside a circle and flanked by the letters A and H. A white single bedsheet and a pillowcase slip from Hitler's Prinzregentstrasse apartment in Munich are to be sold by auctioneers Dreweatts in their militaria sale in Bristol. The single sheet measures 66in by 49in, and the pillowcase roughly 30in square. Militaria specialist Malcolm Claridge said: "It is extremely rare to find pieces of Hitler's bed linen embroidered with his personal motif and monogram coming to the market."
Hitler's desk - used to sign Munich Pact - to go under the hammer at Alexander Historical Auctions
With the public's desire for World War II memorabilia already hot, a new find that symbolizes the world's appeasement of Adolf Hitler is about to explode on to the historical auction market. Alexander Historical Auctions plan to auction off Hitler's solid cast brass desk set, prominently adorned with his "AH" initials, used to sign the Munich Pact. "This is a museum-grade relic of great historical importance," says Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Historical Auctions and Alexander Autographs.
Photos of Himmler in his SS uniform and his communion certificate among Nazi memorabilia expected to fetch £40,000 at auction
A rare printed communion certificate - showing that SS leader Heinrich Himmler was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1911 - will be auctioned off. It will be sold alongside a number of other fascinating Nazi memorabilia which belonged to an American woman whose father, Lieutenant Richard J Wills, was tasked with remodelling Himmler's home in the Alps into a senior officers' club after the Second World War. One of the rarest items at Mullock's auction house in Shropshire is a postcard from Hitler wishing Himmler's mother a happy 75th birthday. Another lots in the auction show photographic and oil portraits of Himmler in his SS uniform.
Reading glasses Hitler tried to keep secret part of a large cache of Hitler memorabilia going under the hammer
They were made for him as his eyesight began to fail as WWII dragged on. But few photos of Adolf Hitler in his reading glasses exist because he regarded them as a weakness and thought it would undermine his authority. From 1933 onwards Hitler had all his speeches and documents written on a special typewriter with large print. The glasses come in their original black leather case with dark blue velvet embossed with the name of the Ruhnke opticians in Berlin which made them under great secrecy. The spectacles are part of a large cache of Hitler memorabilia to be auctioned off. Most serious collectors have their eyes on a gold watch that was given to Hitler as a gift in 1929 and which was found on his body in the Fuehrerbunker after he committed suicide in 1945.
Ira Palm took pistol with initials AH from Hitler's Munich apartment
It was the spring of 1945 and Lt. Ira "Teen" Palm was standing in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment. Opening the drawers of the desk in front of him, he grabbed some stationery and an ivory-handled, gold-plated pistol bearing a set of initials: AH. Palm's story - previously unknown even to family - is told in "Hitler in the Crosshairs," a new book by John Woodbridge and Maurice Possley.
Portraits of Hitler's parents - Alois and Klara Hitler - up for auction
Missing since the end of the Second World War, the original portraits of Adolf Hitler's parents have surfaced and will be put up for auction in Solana Beach. The portraits of Alois and Klara Hitler could go for $100,000 or more, according to Craig Gottlieb, a WWII memorabilia expert and the man setting up the auction. A period photograph from the Berghof shows a set of portraits hanging in one of Hitler's rooms. The family who owns the portrait set is originally from France.
Glassware, which may originate from Hitler's Berlin bunker, for sale
A glassware set purported to originate from Adolf Hitler's Berlin bunker is to go under the hammer at a sale of militaria in Towcester, Northamptonshire. The monogrammed drinking glasses, worth up to £8,000, will be up for grabs at the auction on June 21. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert explained: "The late owner... only dealt in the finest military collectables and it was his understanding that this glassware came from Hitler's Berlin bunker. Certainly the quality is there - the etching is superlative... Whilst there is no written provenance, the fact that the same vendor owned Hitler's sword means that there is every chance that Adolf Hitler himself sipped from these very vessels."
Hitler`s inkwell desk set, used in the signing of the 1938 Munich Pact, for sale
Adolf Hitler's first Nazi ID card, Benito Mussolini's fez, and Sepp Dietrich's sword have all been sold by Nazi memorabilia dealer Craig Gottlieb. Now he is offering Hitler's inkwell desk set, used in the signing of the 1938 Munich Pact, for up to $1 million.
Hitler's silver fish knife and Eva Braun's silver cutlery up for auction (photo)
Hitler and Eva Braun's silver cutlery is go up for auction with a total pre-sale estimate of £7,000. The custom-made pieces of silverware were taken by Hitler's housekeepers from the Berghof mountain retreat before Allied forces arrived in 1945. Willi and Gretl Mitlstrasser collected as many Nazi keepsakes as possible before fleeing the location. They took a silver knife, fork, spoon and teaspoon engraved with Eva Braun's initials and a silver fish knife bearing the name Adolf Hitler. The couple also stole a bone china plate and linen napkins adorned with the initials "A.H" and the Nazi sign of an eagle and a swastika.
Adolf Hitler voting slip from the 1932 German election for sale
A voting slip from the 1932 German election with a cross by Adolf Hitler's name will be auctioned off by Mullock's auction house in Ludlow on May 27. Hitler went from a hopeful candidate to democratically elected politician and German Chancellor within the 12 months. This card is from one of a series of elections that took place, and it lists under Hitler's name those of his closest henchmen, including Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess. The constituency is Hessen Nassau, and the party is listed as "Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei" – the Nazi party.
Hitler's 1931 letter hoping for `cordial relationship` with Britain for sale
A letter written by Adolf Hitler in 1931 hoping for a "truly cordial relationship" between Britain and Germany is for sale. Hitler penned the letter, in German, to British journalist Sefton Delmer 16 months before he became Chancellor and got hold of power in 1933. "I hope... that out of this crisis a new readiness will grow up in Britain... I should be happy, if... the unhappy war-psychosis could be overcome on such a scale as to permit the realisation of the truly cordial relationship..." In 1933, Delmer had his greatest scoop when he walked through the burn Reichstag building at Hitler's side.
Grandson of Rudolf Hoess tries to sell SS memorabilia to Yad Vashem
The offices of Yad Vashem got an infuriating proposal. The grandson of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of the Auschwitz death camp, offered to sell some of his grandfather's personal items. The letter to the museum, entitled "Rare objects, Auschwitz, Commander Hoess," was short: "These are several objects from the estate of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz: A massive, fireproof box with official insignia – a gift from Henrich Himmler, the commander of the SS... slides from Auschwitz that have never been seen publicly, letters from his period of imprisonment in Krakow. I would be very grateful for a brief answer. Sincerely, Reiner Hoess."
Adolf Hitler items (from Hitler's wardrobe and Berghof retreat) to be sold at auction
Alexander Autographs is planning the biggest Adolf Hitler and Nazi militaria sale in decades. There will be the usual photographs and papers signed by the leader of Third Reich. But the sale also includes memorabilia item from Hitler's wardrobe and Berghof retreat, most from the Lattimer collection. On the list: Hitler's matchbox cover; his silverware; the key to his "Eagle's Nest" office; his tea cup; and his Treffen-Westfalen S.A. badge (located next to the Iron Cross on his uniform); Eva Braun's gold locket and powder compact (each stamped with the "EB" butterfly monogram designed by Nazi architect Albert Speer).
Antiques dealer ponders if a rare clock is Adolf Hitler's timepiece?
A gilded bronze clock which could have ticked away the last hours of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime has re-emerged in an antiques shop in Dereham. The elaborate timepiece, a British soldier's memento of victory in World War II, is one of many historical collectables brought to the shop recently opened by Michael Fanthorpe. The clock belonged to a soldier dispatched to the Nazi dictator's bunker after the fall of Third Reich in 1945, whose wife refused to show it and chose to sell it after her husband's death. The clock is made in 1935 and topped with a bronze German eagle. The antiques dealer is waiting for proof before offering it for sale.
David Irving sells Nazi memorabilia online, including Hitler's hair and bones
David Irving has set up a website selling Nazi militaria which includes a piece of Adolf Hitler's bone and his hair ($180,000). Dubbed 'Naz-eBay' by some, the site also offers a walking stick used by the Nazi dictator and a baptising present given by SS leader Heinrich Himmler to Hermann Goering's daughter. Irving authenticates the Nazi relics and displays them on his website, taking a 15% commission. He is currently checking the bones of Hitler and Eva Braun for an American seller, who claims they were bought from a KGB agent in the 1980s. Dr Shimon Samuels, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, called for a UK ban on the selling of Third Reich memorabilia.
Nazi sticker book, with photographs of Adolf Hitler skiing, up for auction
A 'Panini' style Nazi sticker album full of positive photos of Adolf Hitler - to be collected by Nazi Youth - is being auctioned off. The images from 1930s Nazi Germany portray the Nazi leader in both a powerful and caring light. The full album, with an introduction from Joseph Goebbels, is made up of 138 pictures and has a cover inscribed with the words "Adolph Hitler" in gothic type-face. Included are pics of the smiling Fuhrer with Goebbels' young daughter Helga, Hitler skiing, reading a paper and engaging in other daily activities. But he is also pictured with Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering and Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
1943 military document, signed by Adolf Hitler, for sale at auction
Military Document Signed, "Adolph Hitler" as Fuehrer, February 15, 1943, Fuehrer's Headquarters, 11.75" x 8.25", Choice near Mint condition. A huge, 49-page document recording the changes in rank of hundreds of Wehrmacht officers. Hitler signs on the final page to the right of the embossed seal displaying the German Eagle holding a swastika within a wreath. By 1943, Hitler's campaign against the Soviet Union was crumbling and he was furious. The Germans suffered huge losses and this document was either an effort to fill holes in his military or to replace officers Hitler thought were incompetent. This item is sure to excite the collector of Nazi memorabilia.
Gold Adolf Hitler bookmark, stolen from an auction-house in Madrid, recovered
Authorities have recovered a stolen gold bookmark that was given to Adolf Hitler by his mistress Eva Braun. Christian Popescu was caught trying to sell the bookmark to an undercover agent for $100,000 in Seattle. It's one of the items taken in an auction-house burglary in Madrid 6 years ago. The bookmark (its authenticity is questioned) is inscribed with a portrait of Hitler as well as an imperial eagle and swastika. Eva Braun gave it to Hitler to console him after the Stalingrad. "My Adolf, don't worry, only an inconvenience that will not break your certainty of victory. My love for you will be eternal, as our Reich will be eternal. Always yours, Eva. 3-2-43."
Adolf Hitler's desk set, used in Munich Pact, to be auctioned Sept. 30
Military buffs will have a chance to buy a piece of history previously held by only two owners: a U.S. Army World War II veteran, and before him Adolf Hitler. Führer's personal cast-bronze desk set, with the initials "A.H." and Nazi Eagle insignia in raised relief, will be sold by at www.munipact.com on Sept. 30, 2008. The desk set has been authenticated, and include full provenance records. At war's end First Lieutenant Jack McConn in the U.S. Army 179th Infantry found the desk set in the basement of Hitler's Munich headquarters. Photos of the desk set, video interviews with McConn, footage from the Munich Pact signing showing the desk set can be found on the site.
Adolf Hitler ballot paper from 1933 German election goes up for auction
A ballot paper from the 1933 election that brought Adolf Hitler to power is to be auctioned. Richard Westwood-Brookes, from Mullock's Auctioneers, said that the ballot with a vote for the Nazi Party, was a document that had doomed the world to war. "Many people do not realise that Hitler did not come to power via a military takeover. He was democratically elected Chancellor of Germany." The paper, to be sold on June 25 at an auction of historical documents at Ludlow Racecourse, has the name of Hitler with those of Rudolf Hess and Hermann Goering - and of Nazi Party leaders whom Hitler later murdered.
Adolf Hitler's bronze desk set for sale - Used in 1938 Munich Agreement
It was 1945 and American troops had just taken over Munich. "My C.O. said: 'I want you to take your platoon and guard the feuerbau, Hitler's headquarters,'" recalls Jack McConn, who bunked two doors down from Hitler's second-floor office, but it was the basement that held the treasures: A bronze desk set, with Hitler's initials, and an eagle on a swastika. "I took the desk set... and mailed it to my dad... i was thinking it was a good souvenir of the war." McConn believes the desk set was used in the 1938 signing of the Munich pact: "I was watching a news reel... and they were using that desk set."
Items of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun for sale - Collection of a Spitfire pilot
Artifacts once owned by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun are being auctioned as part of a private treaty sale at Eleys Auctions. The collection includes 3 large silver trays which were part of a state German silver dinner service presented to Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1939, glass which formed dressing table items belonging to Eva Braun and a clock from one of Hitler’s personal cars. "This has absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust, they are genuine antiques which happened to belong to people who were infamous," said Phillip Knapper. The collection comes from a WW2 Spitfire pilot who collects antiques.
Adolf Hitler's globe from Eagle's Nest fetches £50,000
A globe that once belonged to Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for £50,000 - Over 5 times its estimate. American soldier John Barsamian found the globe among the ruins of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" in the Bavarian Alps in May 1945 - Other soldiers had already looted the inside of his private residence, even stripping the leather from furniture. He took it home and kept it for 60 years, along with all the military paperwork that allowed him to take the globe to the U.S.
Signed Mein Kampf, Nazi bravery award Knight's Cross in auction (Article no longer available from the original source)
A signed copy of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and a rare Nazi bravery award are expected to fetch thousands at an auction in Brisbane. The 1935 copy of Mein Kampf (My Struggle), signed by Hitler, is expected to fetch over $2500 at the Brisbane Legacy Military Memorabilia Auction. However, the auction's showpiece is the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves and Swords, one of Nazi Germany's highest military honours. It was awarded to only 159 recipients during World War II and could fetch up to $20,000. Both were among a number of items donated by the family of German militaria collector Howard Bergin.
A souvenir of 1945 reveals Adolf Hitler's 'mail order' art looting
An American soldier stationed at Adolf Hitler's Bavarian mountain hideway Berghof at the end of world war 2 looked around for a souvenir. His choice was unveiled in Washington: two brown leather-bound albums that could provide new clues to Nazi-looted treasures. The two albums contain pictures of art treasures stolen after the invasion of France in 1940 and sent to Hitler and Hermann Goering to help them make selections for their collections. "In their leisure time they flipped through them like mail order catalogues," said Robert Edsel. Hitler had planned to establish the world's greatest exhibition the Führer Museum in his hometown Linz.
More nazi items turn up: Swastika-decorated vase, gift to Adolf Hitler (Article no longer available from the original source)
A vase that was a gift to Adolf Hitler was turned over to investigators, who are rounding up a collection of Nazi artifacts stolen from a Utah storage unit. Three items were earlier confiscated from an antiques dealer, approached by a man who wanted to sell them. The items were taken from Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" (Berghof) mountain home by an American soldier. The soldier's son later found the collection and put it in storage. The vase was recovered a few hours after other pieces were unveiled. A bronze bust of Hitler is still missing. The vase - dated 1933 - is decorated with swastikas and accolades to Hitler, e.g. "for the chancellor."
Adolf Hitler artifacts from Eagle's Nest recovered in US storage unit (Article no longer available from the original source)
Salt Lake County: Detectives recovered Nazi artifacts that somehow moved from Hitler's mountain stronghold to a Utah storage unit where they were stolen 2 years ago. The documents, addressed to Adolf Hitler, were obtained from an antiques dealer who had been approached by somebody who wanted to sell them. The items are believed to have come from "Eagle's Nest" (Berghof) and brought home by an American soldier after WWII. One piece is a handbound history of Henry the Lion, the 12th century duke of Bavaria and Saxony and founder of Munich. The scroll, kept in a metal cylinder and a leather-bound box embossed with the Nazi eagle, is addressed to Hitler and dated 1933.
Soldier who looted Hitler's Globe from Eagle's Nest puts it on sale (Article no longer available from the original source)
Days after the end of WWII, American soldier John Barsamian entering the Adolf Hitler's stronghold found that Allied bombing had left the "Eagle's Nest" in ruins. Other soldiers had looted the residence, even stripping the leather from furniture. Nearly everything was gone except for the Fuhrer's globe. Now he is putting the nazi relic up for auction, along with all the military paperwork (like a certificate: "1 Global Map, German, Hitler's Eagle Nest") that allowed him to bring it back to the U.S. with other war memorabilia like a pistol and a dagger. Other items up for auction include rare documents signed by Hitler, and a box of Hermann Goering's cigars.
Lakewood evidence room: Hitler's dinnerware looted from Eagle's Nest (Article no longer available from the original source)
For 21 years Bob Huestis has overseen 68,000 items of the Lakewood Police Department's evidence room. 6-7 years ago he came into contact with the strangest items: Hitler's pewter, engraved silverware. A blind widower hired a handyman, who stealed items from her house. In the back of her closet was a box of items her husband brought back from World War II. Her husband drove General George Patton around, and he was present in 1945 after allied forces raided Hitler's mountain stronghold, the Eagle's Nest. After Patton and others ransacked Hitler's belongings, the husband brought back dinnerware and linens, marked with the swastika and the initials "A.H."
Hitler's personal music collection surprising, found from Moscow attic
It's no surprise that music from Adolf Hitler favorite composers such as Richard Wagner would turn up in the Nazi leader's personal record collection. Yet a Moscow attic of Lew Besymenski, a captain in Russia's military intelligence unit, has yielded a complex picture of the Führer's musical taste. Nearly 100 records suggest Hitler also listened to Russian and Jewish musicians declared "subhuman" by the Nazis. In 1945 Besymenski went to the captured Reich Chancellery in Berlin. The HQ of the Nazi party were located near the underground bunker where Hitler committed suicide. Besymenski's comrades took silverware engraved with Hitler's initials with them as souvenirs.
A rare collection of Nazi memorabilia, like items of Eva Braun
A rare collection of Nazi militaria, like personal items from Adolf Hitler's mistress Eva Braun, went under the hammer in Adelaide at the Megaw and Hogg Auction Rooms. Among treasures sold was a personal signed letter of Eva Braun, which was taken by an American serviceman after the Second World War ended in 1945. It was sold for $1400. Craig Orchard bought 4 of the 5 Eva Braun items: "I just thought they were incredibly undervalued for a piece of history." Letters signed by German SS chief Heinrich Himmler about the defection of New Zealander Ray Nicholas Courlander to Nazi Germany sold for $800.
Memorabilia exhibition: Hitler's pocket diary, Eva Braun's nightdress
7th Baronet Sir Reresby Sitwell has just opened a bizarre exhibition of wartime memorabilia at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire. Among the highlights are Field Marshal Montgomery's pyjamas, Goering's cufflinks, Mussolini's cigarette case, Adolf Hitler's pocket diary and various extracts from the boudoir of his mistress Eva Braun, including nightdress embroidered with tiny Nazi swastikas. Then I realised that all this is in keeping with a long tradition. "I can't remember how those got there, but that is where they live," Sir Reresby tells me as I walk through the front door and see a life-size medieval warrior brandishing a spear.
Set of German dishes that Hitler gave to a top Nazi military official (Article no longer available from the original source)
Among the oddest parts of the vast collection of antiques owned by W.A. Criswell and his wife, was a set of German dishes that Adolf Hitler purportedly gave to a top Nazi military official. They travelled to Munich soon after World War II and ended up having dinner at the home of an antiques dealer. He noticed a spectacular Meissen tureen, and the dealer showed him the rest of the set and told him Hitler had it made by the Meissen factory for a "von Blomberg" who was "head of armies." The Nazi Army was indeed led by Werner von Blomberg, who served as Hitler's minister of war, commander-in-chief and field marshal before losing out in a 1938 internal power struggle.
An American selling a collection of Adolf Hitler memorabilia
An American has decided to sell a collection of Adolf Hitler memorabilia, including a watch the Nazi leader presented to the architect Albert Speer. The items include: a gold and enamel pocket watch presented by Hitler to Speer who later became German minister of armaments, a large silver tea tray presented to Hitler on his 50th birthday; in the center are his initials surmounted by the German nazi eagle, a map of Poland produced by British and American authorities for the Nuremberg. Buyers of Hitler relics and items are usually private collectors of military memorabilia or World War II enthusiasts.
Collector sells desk and chair of Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler (Article no longer available from the original source)
A desk and chair which belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler are expected to sell for up to $1 million, a dealer said. Minas Katchadorian said the oak pieces came from Hitler's luxury apartment in Munich, bought for him by a wealthy admirer, commissioned by Elsa Bruckmann. The desk and chair are being sold privately by an American collector who does not want his identity to be revealed. It is believed the collector acquired them in the 1970s, when the U.S. held a sale of wartime collectibles. They were delivered to Hitler's apartment in Munich's Prinzregentenplatz in November 1929.
A book from Adolf Hitler’s library shelves is up for sale
After a tour that’s taken over 60 years, a rare book from Hitler’s library shelves is up for sale in Angus. The Feuhrer’s fondness for the musical accomplishments of a fellow countryman was discovered by a RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) lieutenant in November 1945, when he "liberated" the copy of the Life of Mozart from Adolf Hitler’s yacht. Bearing the blue Kriegsmarine Commando circular stamp and inscribed by the seaman who captured the wartime souvenir.
The globe Adolf Hitler gazed highlights new exhibit (Article no longer available from the original source)
The globe Adolf Hitler gazed upon while contemplating world domination is in good condition but for one blemish — the bullet hole directly through Berlin, inflicted by a Soviet soldier after the Nazi dictator's defeat in 1945. The oversized orb is just one highlight of the more than 8,000 artifacts in the German Historical Museum's permanent display on the country's 2,000-year history, which seeks to help Germans rediscover their identity. With World War II still in living memory, many Germans have shunned the study of their own past. The 12 years the Nazis were in power makes up one of the largest sections of the exhibit.
8000 items memorabilia collection: piece of Hitler's Berghof patio (Article no longer available from the original source)
Rees often is asked why he collects memories of war. The answer can be found on his basement door, which opens into the "Eagle's Nest," a private museum of WW2 militaria. The poster on the door reads: "Behold the work of the old, Let your heritage not be lost; But bequeath it as a memory, treasure and blessing, Gather the lost and hidden, And preserve it for thy children." He has more than 8,000 pieces — from posters and uniforms to airplane cockpits and fully functioning vehicles. Smithsonian Officials have called it one of the finest private WWII collections. In one corner is the bullet-riddled vertical stabilizer of a WW2 Luftwaffe Messerschmitt BF-110C.
12in Silver cup - The Nazi war relic is locked in a vault
A valuable chalice once owned by one of Hitler's henchmen is hidden in a safe in Scotland. The Nazi war relic is locked in a vault at the Royal Bank of Scotland's HQ in Edinburgh. The antique's owner, Derick Smith, was given the chalice by a British soldier who found it in Hermann Goering's home after WWII. Now he is planning to sell the relic - which experts believe could fetch £2million - if he can find a buyer.
Nazi Documents, Medal belonged to Adolf Hitler Stolen From Moscow Exhibition (Article no longer available from the original source)
Valuable exhibits, including soldiers’ papers and a military decoration that belonged to Adolf Hitler, were stolen from the Moscow-based Federal Archives that is hosting an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany.
Museum features items from Adolf Hitler's bunker (Article no longer available from the original source)
Items from Hitler's Berlin bunker including marble from his desk and carpet from the floor feature in a new exhibition. Other exhibits at The Green Howards Museum, in Richmond, North Yorkshire, include the key to the Fuhrer's office and parts of his radio. The items, taken by a soldier after the allies took Berlin in 1945, form the centrepiece of an exhibition telling how British troops fought their way across Europe to the German capital after the D-Day landings.
Hitler makes history at auction - Souvenired items auctioned
What's in a name? Quite a lot of cash, if the name is Adolf Hitler. Neil Duff souvenired two items from the German dictator's bomb-shattered Berlin office in 1945. One was a religious text book bearing his own "ex libris" bookplate, the other a typed thank-you card carrying his signature. A private collector bought the book for $8500. The book, God's Work and Luther's Teaching, was given to Hitler in 1933 by a Lutheran pastor who wrote a dedication. The card - its estimated price was $3000 - went for $6500. Opening the plain black book, once held in Hitler's hands, stirs emotions: wonderment that history can be so palpable, coupled with a vague revulsion.