December 6, 2011
Hitler’s personal items to be auctioned
A Connecticut auction house is putting items that belonged to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and other senior Nazi officials on the block.
Among the items to be auctioned at the end of the week by Alexander Autographs in Stamford are Hitler’s personal account book; the desk set used when he signed the Munich Agreement, under which Britain and France ceded Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to Germany; a photo signed by Hitler and his Putsch co-defendants; and letters that Goebbels, the propaganda minister, received from his Jewish girlfriend.
The account book is expected to go for up to $7,000, according to Haaretz. It contains records of, among other things, art purchases, payments to his personal doctors and the receipt of blood money.
Some 82 letters between Goebbels and Jewish teacher Else Janke also are expected to fetch $7,000. Goebbels cut off contact with Janke upon learning that she was Jewish.
In February, the auction house sold the diary of Josef Mengele, the notorious “Angel of Death,” to the grandson of an Auschwitz survivor.