GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/16/1976 - HFSID 283425
Sale Price $450.00
GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
World War II German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz wrote this letter on his personalized stationery in 1976. In it, he lists the three books that he had written after being convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg.
Autograph letter signed "your Dönitz" in blue ink. 1 page, 8¼x5¾, on Dönitz's personalized stationery. Aug. 16, 1976. Written in German, translated: "Dear Mr. Granat! I thank you for your letter of 7/31. I wrote after Spandau from 1958 three books': 1) '10 Years and 20 Days' , Lehmanns publishing house, 8 Munich 21; these are the 10 years from 1935 to 1945 and the 20 days at the end of the war as the head of state. Please read this book, also released in the U.S.A., it deals only with my official business, 2) 'My Changefull Life', is the description of my personal life. Publishing house: Musterschmidt, 34 Göttingen, Turmstr. 7 3) 'German Sea-Strategy during World War II. The Answers of the Grand Admiral to 40 Questions.' Publishing house as 1). When you read these books, your questions will be answered. With best greetings,". Lightly toned and creased. Folded in half and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Envelope signed. 6¼x4½. Postmarked Tegernsee, West Germany, Aug. 16, 1978. Addressed to Mr. Gerard G. Granat, President of Philmore Manufacturing Co., Inwood, New York. Two West German stamps and air mail label affixed. Envelope is open and empty. Lightly toned, foxed and creased. Normal postal stamps, which touch address. Flap on verso has separated from back of envelope; show-through from adhesive stains (does not touch address). Neatly opened at left edge. Adhesive residue on flap and paper loss inside envelope from flap (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. Dönitz was held in Spandau Prison, in Berlin's borough of Spandau, for 10 years after being convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. He shared the prison with six other Nuremberg convicts, including Rudolph Hess and Albert Speer. During World War II, German Admiral Dönitz (1891-1980, born in Grünau-bei-Berlin, Germany) developed the idea of fighting in wolf packs. In January of 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.
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