GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1978 - HFSID 1350

GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ Hitler's designated successor signs a typed letter on paper bearing his wartime rank. Typed Letter Signed: "Dönitz" in German, 1p, 8¼x6. Letterhead bears his titled of "Grossadmiral, a. d." [Great Admiral, retired].

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Condition: lightly creased
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GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
Hitler's designated successor signs a typed letter on paper bearing his wartime rank.
Typed Letter Signed: "Dönitz" in German, 1p, 8¼x6. Letterhead bears his titled of "Grossadmiral, a. d." [Great Admiral, retired]. Aumühle, Hostein [Germany], 1978 November 12. To Mr. Randall Sutherland, in German, translated in full: "Enclosed I send you your documents signed and attach a photo of me. [Items not included.] The same I have done alredy a few times. I have the opinion, that it is enough now and I ask you not to send me documents to countersign. With best greetings. Yours". Karl Dönitz (1891-1980), a U-boat captain himself during World War I, attained Germany's highest naval rank Grossadmiral, during World War II. Dönitz developed the tactic of having German submarines hunt Allied shipping in "wolfpacks." In January 1943, Hitler replaced Erich Raeder with Dönitz as Commander in Chief of the German Navy. As the war was coming to a close, Hitler selected Dönitz to succeed him as Führer. After forming a new government (April 30, 1945), Führer Dönitz negotiated Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945. At the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Dönitz was found guilty of war crimes and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Horizontal fold through lower portion of signature. Lightly creased. ¼x1/8-inch portion of lower blank margin missing.

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