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GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED 12/07/1974 - DOCUMENT 253913

 

"THE FUEHRER HAS NOMINATED ME AS HIS SUCCESSOR...."

GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
Typescript signed: "Dönitz/7.12.74", 1 page, 8½x11. English translation on parchment-like paper. Titled: "Radio Broadcast to the German People". Translated from the original German. In full: "The Fuehrer has nominated me as his successor. In full consciousness of my responsibilities I therefore assume the leadership of the German people at this fateful hour. My first task is to save German men and women from destruction by the advancing Bolshevist enemy. It is to serve this purpose alone that the military struggle continues. For as long as the British and the Americans continue to impede the accomplishment of this task, we must also continue to fight and defend ourselves against them. The British and the Americans in this case will not be fighting in the interests of their own people, but solely for the expansion of Bolshevism in Europe. Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz. Ploen, Germany. 1 May 1945." Accompanied by unsigned, captioned book photo (b/w, 8x9¾ overall, image 7½x6) picturing the German unconditional surrender at Reims, France, May 7, 1945. This was signed by Dönitz on December 7, 1974, the 33rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor which brought the United States into World War II. On April 30, 1945, the day before Führer Dönitz personally delivered this address to the German people, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. After Dönitz was forced to order the surrender of Germany, he was tried at Nuremberg, found guilty of "Planning Aggressive War" and served ten years in prison as a war criminal. Ink lightly smudged on "it" of signature. Light smudge in blank area to left of signature, else fine.


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GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ
Born: September 16, 1891 in Berlin, Germany
Died: December 22, 1980 in Ausmuhle, West Germany





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