Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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(1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. HITLER PLEDGES 100 REICHSMARKS TO CHARITY Fine content partly-printed D.S., 2pp. large 4to., [n.p., but stamped: "Ortsgruppe Sudende Berlin"], ca. December, 1935. The document is a pledge form for the "Winter-hilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes 1935/36", an annual charity drive by the National Socialist People's Welfare to help finance charitable work. Its slogan was "None shall starve or freeze". The top of the document bears a printed quotation by Hitler urging the wealthy to give more than the poor in this collection. The first entry was partially written by the collector, who wrote "Adolf Hitler" and indicated that the German leader had pledged 50 Reichsmarks. Hitler then apparently changed the sum to "100" Reichsmarks and added a slightly hasty signature at right. Entries for other donors complete the document. Two tiny mounting traces on verso where this document was once laid in an album, else very good. Originally sold by the famous Goodspeed's Book Shop in Boston and accompanied by the original catalog description, 1979 letter of authenticity by Goodspeed expert Claire Rochefort, and Goodspeed document folder. Hitler was proud of the Winterhilfswerk drive, and he claimed credit for its creation, though it was in fact originally set up under the government of Heinrich Brüning in 1931. It ran from 1933–1945 during the months of October through March.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final Bid: $1,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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