GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/15/1973 - HFSID 30750
Sale Price $360.00
GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
Karl Dönitz handwrote, signed and dated this letter on his personalized stationery to a Mr. Fox in 1973.
Autograph letter signed "Dönitz" in blue ink. 1 page, 8¼x5¾, on Dönitz's personalized stationery from Aumühle, Germany. June 15, 1973.In German, translated: "Dear Mr. Fox! I don't know anything of your 'Vistas'! With best greeting". Dönitz lived, and died, in Aumühle, Germany after being serving time in Spandau Prison for war crimes. During WWII, German Admiral Karl Dönitz (1891-1980, born in Grünau-bei-Berlin, Germany) developed the idea of fighting in wolf packs. In January 1943, Hitler named Dönitz to replace Erich Raeder as Commander in Chief of the German Navy. In that capacity, Dönitz gave permission for a radically improved U-boat to be built in 1944. Working closely with Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments, Germany was producing 42 of these all-electric boats a month by 1945, but it was too late to make an impact on the outcome of the war. As the war was coming to a close, Hitler selected Dönitz to succeed him as Führer. After forming a new government, Führer Dönitz negotiated Germany's surrender on May 5, 1945. At the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Dönitz was found guilty of war crimes and was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was 79 when he died on Christmas Eve in 1980. Lightly toned and creased, otherwise in fine condition.
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