Historic Adolf Hitler telegram set for US auction
An infamous telegram sent to Adolf Hitler during the final days of his life will be auctioned in the US this month.
Dated April 23, 1945, the telegram was sent to Hitler by his deputy Hermann Goering as the Third Reich crumbled around them. With the Fuehrer indisposed in his Berlin bunker, Gestapo founder Goering offered to take charge of the government as the Allies closed in.
The telegram reads:
In view of your decision to remain in the fortress of Berlin, do you agree that I take over at once the total leadership of the Reich, with full freedom of action at home and abroad as your deputy, in accordance with your decree of June 29, 1941?
If no reply is received by 10 o’clock tonight, I shall take it for granted that you have lost your freedom of action, and shall consider the conditions of your decree as fulfilled, and shall act for the best interests of our country and our people.
You know what I feel for you in this gravest hour of my life. Words fail me to express myself. May God protect you, and speed you quickly here in spite of all.
Adolf Hitler did not take the message well, and flew into a rage at what he perceived as Goering's high treason. He forced the Luftwaffe chief to resign his posts immediately or face execution, and SS officers acting upon the orders of Martin Bormann then placed Goering and his staff under arrest.
Just a week later Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide in their bunker, and Goerring was captured by American forces as they swept into Berlin.
The original telegram was discovered by U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin M. Bradin, who gathered an armful of documents and papers as souvenirs from the Fuhrerbunker in July 1945. He then took them back home to South Carolina, where they remained in a bank deposit box until 1958. Bradin's son later used them in his school project, and gifted the Goerring telegram to his high school history Professor.
The unique piece of WWII history is now expected to sell for $15,000-$20,000 when it crosses the block at the forthcoming Alexander Historical Auctions sale on July 7-9.
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