ALFRED ROSENBERG - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/19/1930 - HFSID 284925
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The Nazi leader's pencil signature on a typed 1930 letter to a Nazi youth league organizer, concerning a coming Youth and Culture Convention
Typed Letter signed: "A Rosenberg" in pencil, 1 page, 8½x11. Munich, 1930 February 19. To the Bund Artam (association), Halle on the Saale, attn: Herr Rudiger, In German, translated in full: "I again regret that I recently couldn't deliver a speech at the convention of the Artmans as I would have like to do, but my lecture tour was scheduled in a way that I couldn't drive to Marburg and back in one day. Nevertheless I want to ask you not to append this to me and that you, with the Bund Artam attend the projected Youth and Culture Convention of the Militant League for German Culture. As we, as things appear, perhaps have to face some difficulties in Goslar under the Prussian regime, we suggest to hold the convention at Pentecost, that is the 8th and 9th in Weimar. You will receive a suggestion about the convention program soon and we ask you, on the basis of this suggestion, to give further proposals. Also a concept of a cultural proclamation will be sent to you that on all sides a previous loyal agreement about the whole program can be achieved. We hope to get the Weimar National Theater for the cultural congress and therefore give the entire festivity the necessary dignified emphasis. Looking forward to your reply, we sign with German greeting." Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946) born in Estonia - then within the Russian Empire - to Germanic parents, became one of the principle ideologists of Naziism, in particular its racial dogmas. He also denounced modern art as degenerate, and sought to replace Christianity with a more warlike religion derived from the pagan past. Emigrating to Germany after the Russian Revolution, Rosenberg became editor of the official Nazi newspaper, the Volkischer Beobachter, in 1923. When Adolf Hitler was imprisoned, following the attempted Munich putsch that year, he placed Rosenberg in charge of the Party (telling confidants that he chose Rosenberg deliberately as someone unable to compete with him for power). In 1929, Rosenberg formed the Militant League for German Culture to propagate Nazi ideas. More theorist than practical politician, his most important official post was Reichs Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories. (Ardently anti-Semitic, Rosenberg tried unsuccessfully to implement conciliatory policies toward the Slavs, whom he considered suitable for integration into an Aryan-dominated empire. Convicted at Nuremberg on all counts, and with no one believing his claim not to have known about the Holocaust, he was hanged on October 16, 1946. The Artam program encouraged German youth to volunteer for agricultural work while endoctrinating them in Nazi beliefs. Important Nazi leaders, including Rudolf Hess and Heinrich Himmler, held leadership posts in the organization. Four filing holes at left margin. Date stamp at upper left corner, with red ink signature (unknown). Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Vertical "crinkle" fold crease at left margin, passing through filing holes. Paperclip crease and rust at upper left corner. Stray ink smudges not affecting content. Overall, fine condition.
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