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Pair of especially historic documents from the end of Hitler's Third Reich, both documenting the doomed dictator's final decision to remain in Berlin to participate: "...in the decisive battle for Germany...". The first document, 2pp. large 4to., is the large-font typed transcript of a telegram sent to Hitler by Field Marshal FERDINAND SCHORNER, dated April 23 [1945], 1340 hours. Clearly, the large font indicates that this was Hitler's copy of Schorner's telegram, and is addressed directly: "To the Fuhrer and Supreme Commander of the German Forces". Schorner writes, in part: "...I should like - as your field marshal, and on behalf of all the brave soldiers, who are fighting for you, as well as those who have laid down their lives for you - to ask you, at this grave hour, to leave Berlin and to assume command...from the southern sector. You alone are the guarantee of the future continuance of the nation; from you alone every German man takes his orders, as does the whole of the fine German armed forces - unconditionally. You alone are Germany...If you fell, Germany would also. Millions of Germans await the opportunity to build up Germany once again, with you. This is the conviction of all of us soldiers and National Socialists. I renew my appeal on behalf of all the brave men who fully understand your scruples over leaving Berlin. Heil, my Fuhrer!..." The second document is also typed in a large type font, 1p. 4to., Apr. 24, 1945, THE ONLY SURVIVING DOCUMENT CONFIRMING THAT HITLER HAD DECIDED TO REMAIN IN BERLIN. This text, Hitler's reply to Schorner, was dictated and typed for Hitler's reading and approval, and the sent to the Fuhrerbunker radio room for transmission. Addressed directly to Schorner, it reads, in part: "FRR - Radio Message!...Personal!...By Officer Only!...I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in honorable 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..." At bottom, the text is approved for dispatch by WILLY JOHANNMEYER (1915-1970), Hitler's adjutant, a Knights Cross recipient, and later ordered to deliver Hitler's political testament to Schorner. On the verso of the typed text appears the proof of transmission in the form of the paper tape outputted by the wireless as the telegram is transmitted. Finally, on the recto at bottom, a red stamp includes all details of submission of the text and its transmission. Both of these crucial documents are in fine condition, with full translations. Also included is a color copy of the original notarized ca. 1982 "Statement of Origin" from an American who discovered the documents in the Chancellery in June, 1945: "...I had been flown in at the time to help establish a medical dispensary for use during The Potsdam Conference.." Field Marshal Ferdinand Schorner (1892-1973) was a strident Nazi and completely devoted to Hitler. After serving with distinction commanding the 6th Mountain Div., XIX Mountain Korps, and Panzer troops in Russia, on 4 April 1945, Schorner was promoted to field marshal. He was Hitler's favorite until the end, and was actually named as the new Commander-in-Chief of the German Army High Command (OKH) in Hitler's last testament. Of course, Hitler died in Berlin - not leading his men in battle, but instead with a self-inflicted pistol shot to his head.

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Estimate $60,000 - $80,000Apr 30, 2019
Starting Price $30,000
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