ADOLF "DER FUHRER" HITLER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/30/1944 CO-SIGNED BY: OTTO MEISSNER - HFSID 44916
ADOLF HITLER and OTTO MEISSNER The Führer signs a typed order bestowing awards for "rescuing humans from mortal danger." Interesting Typed DS: "Af Hitler" as Führer and "Meissner" as Head of the Presidential Chancery and State Minister, 15 pages, 8¼x12.
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ADOLF HITLER and OTTO MEISSNER
The Führer signs a typed order bestowing awards for "rescuing humans from mortal danger."
Interesting Typed DS: "Af Hitler" as Führer and "Meissner" as Head of the Presidential Chancery and State Minister, 15 pages, 8¼x12. Führer Headquarters, 1944 April 30. In German with partial translation. Exactly one year before his death, Hitler issues a list of persons "to be rewarded with medals for rescuing humans from mortal danger". He orders "the bestowal letters of rescue medals on a ribbon are to be made out under today's date with a facsimile of my signature" for 11 listed numbers. The description of the rescue is listed next to the person's name. Those rescues where "the rescuer's life was not in any particular danger" received lower class medals than the others. Rescues include: "Walter Stallbaum saved a woman, age 40, from drowning in the Mulde river (depth 2.5m) near Pouch, District of Bitterfeld. The rescuer, who is a disabled veteran, had to swim a distance of 50m with the victim against strong current"...Ewald Furcht saved a 6-year-old boy who had broken through the ice from drowning in the Alster river near Hamburg-Eppendorf. The rescuer who was wearing full uniform (tunic, heavy coat, high boots), finally broke through the ice himself and had to swim a distance of 16m in freezing water with the victim...In Dworischtsche/Russia, Gerhard Schürer saved a private first class who had broken through the ice of a lake from drowning. The rescuer's life was not in any danger...." HITLER committed suicide on April 30, 1945, exactly one year later. OTTO MEISSNER headed the office of the Reich President for a quarter century (1920-1945), beginning with the Socialist President Friedrich Ebert. Although never influential with Hitler, Meissner trusted by his predecessor, Hindenburg, and participated in the negotiations which made Hitler Chancellor. Hitler's signature page: Embossed seal at lower left. Lightly creased. Tip of upper right corner missing. File holes at left margin. Other pages: lightly creased, else fine.
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