GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED 06/12/1979 - HFSID 250662
GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
Karl Dönitz signs a typescript from "Second Part of the Political Testament of Adolph Hitler."
Souvenir Typed Manuscript signed: "Dönitz/12.6.79," 1p, 14x8½. In English. Headed: "Second Part of the Political Testament of Adolph Hitler." In part: "Before my death, I expel the former Reichsmarchell (sic) Hermann Goering and deprive him of all the rights he may enjoy by virtue of the decree of June 29, 1941, and also by virtue of my statement in the Reichstag on September 1, 1939. I appoint in his place Grossadmiral Doenitz as President of the Reich and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces...Goering and Himmler, by their secret negotiations with the enemy, without my knowledge or approval, and by their illegal attempts to seize power in the state, quite apart from their treachery to my person, have brought irreparable shame to the country and the whole people...I demand of all Germans, all National Socialists, men and women and all soldiers of all Armed Forces, they remain faithful and obedient to the new government and to their President unto death. Above all I charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international Jewry. Given at Berlin, 19 April 1945, 4 A.M...." A new Cabinet is listed in the document, which is printed at bottom: ADOLPH HITLER, with Dr. Joesph Goebbels, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Martin Bormann and Hans Krebs as witnesses. On May 1st, Karl Dönitz became Führer and ordered the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945. On April 30, 1945, Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, had committed suicide in the Führerbunker, a two-story underground complex containing nearly 30 rooms, in Berlin. On April 28, Hitler had dictated his last will and testament and a two-part political statement; the copy of the second part is reproduced here. That day, just before midnight, he also married his long-time mistress, Eva Braun, in a civil ceremony. By the next day, Soviet forces were a mile away from the bunker and Hitler had received word of Mussolini's death. He prepared for his own death by testing poison capsules on his dog Blondi, and gave capsules to his female secretaries to use should the Soviets overrun the bunker. At noon on April 30, Hitler attended his last military conference, had a vegetarian lunch at 2:00 p.m. and bid farewell to his remaining aides and staff members. At 3:30 p.m., Bormann and Goebbels entered Hitler's quarters and found him dead of a gunshot to the temple; Eva Braun had died by swallowing poison. Their bodies were carried to the Chancellery garden, doused with gasoline and burned. Dönitz was tried at Nuremberg, found guilty of "Planning Aggressive War," and served ten years (1946-1956) in prison as a war criminal. Creased at corners, else fine.
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