Rudolph Hess archive could make $750,000 this afternoon



2015-06-26 13:25:07

Rudolph Hess archive could make $750,000 this afternoon

An archive detailing Rudolph Hess' ill-fated attempt to broker peace with the UK leads in the US

Rudolph Hess' top-secret wartime archives are to lead a sale of wartime memorabilia with an estimate of $750,00 at Alexander Historical Auctionslater today (September 10).

Described by the auction house as "the most important wartime archive to ever be offered for private sale", the file details his ill-fated attempt to broker peace with the UK on May 10, 1941.

Hess was appointed deputy fuhrer in 1933, and was responsible for the passing of the anti-Semitic Nuremburg laws. In 1941 he made the unilateral decision to fly from Berlin to Scotland in an attempt to meet with members of the British parliament that he believed were in opposition to the UK government. En-route his plane crash-landed and he was captured.

 The filehas a $750,000 estimate

Hitler had been unaware ofHess' intention to open negotiations withBritain and described his departure as a personal betrayal.

The file contains what is believed to be the handwritten proposal of terms that Hessoffered British foreign secretary, Lord Simon, during their meeting.

Alexander Historical Auctions told the Local, a German newspaper, thatit had undertaken forensic tests on the document and that "the results showed that the document is an original document and not spurious."

The auction houseadded: "This archive for the first time brings to light Hess' own thoughts on his failed 'peace mission', written in his own hand at the time the events occurred. Virtually none of the content of this file has been written by others: it is a first-person history of the great historic importance."

Abox of Herman Goering's cigarssold for 1,300 ($2,035) in August of thisyear.

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