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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$960
Estimate:
$600 - $900

Title:
Small archive of material gathered from Adolf Hitler's bunker in 1946

Author:
**

Place:
Gemany

Publisher:

Date:
c.1938-1945

Description:
Nine items obtained by Ralph Morrison while he was stationed in Berlin following World War II. These include: Invoice or accounting statement, for Wilhelm Holsters Werk Stätten Für Feinste Massarabeit, apparently a department store, for "Herr Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler." 3 typed pages and one handwritten, stapled together. Among the items listed are "PL Breeches... weiber Waschrock... Mantel von Gabardine... Smoking und Weste aufgebügelt..." 1938. * Typed carbon accounting statement headed "Zusammenstellung über die anlässlich der Italienreise Mai 1938 benötigten Anschaffungen," a compilation of expenses accrued during or in preparation for Hitler's 1938 trip to Italy, with accounts for "Führer und Reichkanzler Adolf Hitler...SA Obergruppenführer Brückner...NSKK Brigadeführer Bormann..." and others, various units, etc. 9 pp., stapled. 1938. * Blank sheet of stationery, with eagle emblem at top, printed "Der Führer und Kanzler des Deutschen Reiches, Adjutantur." * Dinner invitation card, printed in gold and black, beginning "Der Führer und Kanzler des Deutschen Reiches, bittet Frau______..." Unused. * Unused telegraph form, "Telegramm des führers und Reichkanzlers," printed in red, with eagle. * Bookplate "Ex Libris Adolf Hitler," with eagle and schwastika motif. * Armpatch with an anti-aircraft gun shooting out of a set of wings, with schwastika. * Unused envelope, with return address "Adjuntantur des Führers, Berlin W8, Reichskanzlei." * Collotype plate from an architectural work, showing the interior of a museum, dated 1924. Intriguing gathering of artifacts from Hitler's Berlin bunker, where he spent the final months of his rule. In a handwritten letter of provenance, Ralph Morrison states: "On Jan. 21, 1946 I was in the city of Berlin serving with the U.S. Army. The war was over & the army kept us busy while waiting for our turn on a returning ship. I was touring with the "GI Symphony" & we gave concerts in "Onkle Toms Theatre" which no longer exists. I visited the Russian Sector & noticed the underground bunker where Hitler spent his last days. A Russian soldier was guarding the entance. He allowed me to go down into the bunker where I found a mess - pages strewn all over the floor. I picked up a few typical items & the soldier allowed me to retain them. Some of the items are torn by shrapnel. One page is from a book of architectural prints - this was known to be a hobby of Hitler. As a note - this was a very cold winter in Germany. The scene of destruction of the city was burned into my memory. Ralph Morrison." A few of the items have notes on them by Morrison desribing where he found them.

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Condition:
Some soiling and wear, blank stationery with a few holes, else generally very good.


 
Item number:
129644
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