Lot 8: Adolf Hitler DS
9th August 2017
DS in German, signed "Adolf Hitler," one page, 8.5 x 11, December 1, 1925. Document issued from the District Office of Mecklenburg of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (the Nazi Party), in full (translated): "To Mr. Badeerging, I decree as follows. In responding as late as today to your letters of Sept. 22, Oct. 19, and Nov. 8, I want to explain that the reason for the delay is that by now an Arbitration Committee (which was constituted according to our bylaws) has taken up its work. On the basis of the recommendations of this committee, I reject your protest against your exclusion from the N.S.D.A.P. by the Mecklenburg District Office. The statements given by the witnesses who incriminate you are so clear that your personal defense could justifiably be considered unnecessary by the District Office. You are entitled to challenge the decision made by the secretary in charge of general matters at the annual meeting of the Council for General Matters held in Munich during the second half of January. If it could established that you did not have a chance to have your case heard before your exclusion we recommend that the right to defend yourself personally must not be infringed upon. At this occasion, I would like to point out that for a member there exists only the N.S.D.A.P. and that therefore membership in other political organizations cannot be tolerated." In very good to fine condition, with scattered light creasing, edge tears, and old adhesive residue to the left side. Hitler had been released from prison less than a year earlier, and the infamous Mein Kampf was released in July 1925. After working to have the Nazi Party reinstated from a ban in Germany, he worked to grow the movement; after several years of little success, the worldwide economic disaster of 1929 provided an avenue for the power he so desperately sought.
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