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ADOLF "DER FUHRER" HITLER - DOCUMENT MECHANICALLY SIGNED 10/01/1939 WITH OTTO MEISSNER - HFSID 175510

ADOLF HITLER and OTTO MEISSNER Gallery of History framed display (31x29) of awards presented by the Nazis to a German mother who bore 8 children. Includes a certificate mechanically signed for Hitler. Collection: 1) ADOLF HITLER.

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Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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ADOLF HITLER and OTTO MEISSNER
Gallery of History framed display (31x29) of awards presented by the Nazis to a German mother who bore 8 children. Includes a certificate mechanically signed for Hitler.
Collection: 1) ADOLF HITLER. Document signed in ink: "Meissner", with facsimile signature: "A Hitler" as Fuehrer, 1 page, 8½x11. Berlin, 1939 October 1. Nazi eagle seal embossed in lower left corner. In German, translated in full: "In the Name of the German People I hereby present Helene Hainz, born Zinn Asslar, with the First Level of the Cross of Honor of the German Mother." Fine condition. 2) OTTO MEISSNER. Typed Letter signed: "Hel. Kloos" as Local Branch Director, 1 page, 8½x11. Gau[region] of Hesse-Nassau, 1940 17 May. On official letterhead of the National Socialist German Workers Party to Mrs. Helene Heinz, née Zinn Asslar. In German, translated in full: "Dear German Mother, I am happy to be able to tell you that the Fuhrer has accepted your application for granting you the Cross of Honor of the German Mother. The bestowal of the Crosses of Honor will be held on Sunday, May 19, 1940 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at this office. You are cordially invited to this brief ceremony. Heil Hitler!" Light horizontal and vertical folds. Slightly soiled in blank lower right corner. Otherwise, fine condition. On December 16, 1938, ADOLF HITLER instituted a new award to honor German Nazi motherhood, especially the large family. The Cross of Honor of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter) was created in three classes. The first class medal (presented here) was awarded only to the mothers of eight or more children. There were cash incentives for each child born, even for illegitimate children who became wards of the state. Only racially German mothers were eligible for the award. Awards were presented on "Mothering Sunday" (Mothers Day), the second Sunday in May. The first awards were presented on the May 21, 1939, and the last were presented in 1944. OTTO MEISSNER (1880-1953) was head of Hitler's Chancellery and Minister of State, an office he had held under previous German Presidents Ebert and von Hindenburg. Meissner had little political influence over Hitler, but he had played a role in the negotiations which brought Hitler to power. He testified at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. At his death, Meissner was still appealing his own 1949 conviction for his role in the Nazi period. Two items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31½x29.

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