• Here we shall place everything else that didn't quite fit into the other categories. Things like books, booklets, tinnies (day badges), newspapers, etcetera.

    [Below: On this page I'll place paper items having to do with famous Third Reich personalities and places. Let's start with a Christmas card from Adolf Hilter: This is a beautiful card and everything you'd expect from the Führer. The eagle is an embossed, sparkling gold. It says:

    'Berlin, den 24. Dezember 1937
    Der Führer und Reichskanzler
    übersendet hiermit
    die besten Weihnachtswünsche'

    (Berlin, December 24, 1937
    The Führer and Reich Chancellor
    hereby sends
    the best Christmas wishes).]

    [Below: Close-up. There is some age-related wear around the eagle.]

    [Below: Another card from the Führer. Again the eagle is beautifully embossed, as are the gold letters beneath. It says:

    'Der Führer und kanzler des Deutchen Reiches
    am ________ das Abendessen bei ihm einnehmen zu wollen.
    Anzug: Frack oder Uniform
    Um Antwort wird gebeten
    Adjutantur: Fernruf: A2 Flora 6841'

    (The Führer and Chancellor of the German Reich
    to have dinner with him at ________.
    Suit: tailcoat or uniform
    Response is requested
    Adjutantur: Long distance call: A2 Flora 6841).

    Wow! Could you imagine turning down this dinner request? "Uh no, sorry I already have plans"]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Here's an interesting letter from Adolf Hitler's office on old Brown House stationary. They've noted the new office change from Münich to Berlin. The new address is at the Reich Chancellery. The letter is from November 16, 1933, he was made Reich Chancellor January 30, 1933. On the left it says: 'Bei Rückfragen unbedingt anzugen', which just means 'If you have any questions, please contact'. On the right are the words 'Chirurgishe Klinik' in the recipient's address. This just means 'Surgical Clinic'. The note itself says:

    'Sehr geehrter Herr Sickinger!
    Der Führer läßt Ihnen für die ihm übersandte
    Aufmerksamkeit seinen besten Dank aussprechen.
    Mit deutchen Gruss!'

    (Dear Mr. Sickinger!
    The Führer sends you his best thanks for the attention
    you have given him.
    With German greetings!)

    This is interesting. I wonder what a surgical clinic did for him?]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Here is a heavy, textured paper thank you card from Adolf Hitler. Date unknown, but since it is from Berlin that tells us it is post-1933. It says:

    'Adolf Hitler
    Mit der mir übersandten Aufmerksamkeit haben Sie mir
    eine Freude bereitet.
    Ich spreche Ihnen meinen herzlichen Dank dafür aus.'

    (Adolf Hitler
    With the attention sent to me you have brought me
    a pleasure. I express my heartfelt thanks to you for it.)]

    [Below: Here's another letter from the Führer's office in Berlin, date unknown. It is from the 'Reichshauptstellenleiter' (Reich Headquarters). It has an nice embossed eagle and says:

    'Amt für Gnadensachen
    Mit Schreiben vom _______ übersandte ich Ihnen zur
    Beurteilung und zum Bericht das oben bezeichnete
    Gnadengesuch. Eine Antwort liegt von Ihnen noch
    nichte vor.
    Das Gesuch muß nunmehr beschleuigt bearbeitet
    werden. Ich erbitte daher umgehend Ihre Stellung-

    (Office for Clemency Matters
    File number: _______
    By letter dated _______ I sent you the following for your
    for evaluation and report the above mentioned
    application for clemency. A reply from you is still pending
    not yet received.
    The application must now be processed in an uncertain manner. I
    therefore request your attention immediately.)]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: The Führer's mountain retreat - the Berghof. This postcard was sent on August 30, 1942.]

    [Below: Postcard reverse. Here's what makes this postcard extra special, it is from the Platterhof Hotel. This historic hotel was near the Berghof and often served as a place for visitors and dignitaries to stay while visiting Adolf Hitler. Following the official Allied plan to destroy civilian property, even over military targets, the hotel was badly damaged during the war. After the war the American invaders renovated it and made it into a recreation center for American soldiers. No doubt they did all of this as an attempted smug insult to National Socialism and the German people. Incredibly, the Americans would occupy the hotel until 1995! FIFTY years! The German government then tore it down in 2000 in their "oh so typical destroy everything Nazi" style. During this destruction of history it was looted of anything of value, allegedly by the very demolition crews hired by the German government. The hotel site has now been turned into a parking lot. Vengeful, jealous, childish Allies.]

    [Below: Official stationary from the historic Führerbau in Munich. Unfortunately there is no date.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Inside of letter.]

    [Below: Letter reverse.]

    [Below: The Führerbau draped in the flags of those attending the negotiations.]

    [Below: The Führerbau during negotiations. At the table are: (from left) Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Paul Otto Schmidt (German interpreter) and Neville Chamberlain. The Munich Agreement was signed and Germany was officially given back the Sudetenland, which was stolen from Germany after WWI in the insanely unfair Versailles Treaty. This agreement was concluded on September 30, 1938.]

    [Below: The Führerbau with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini on the balcony.]

    [Below: A beautiful invitation from 'Ministerpräsident Generalfeldmarschall Göring' with an embossed eagle. This asks that the person come to his home 'Carinhall'.]

    [Below: Here's an envelope from November 23, 1933 to Hermann Göring in Berlin. This was during his tenure as Prime Minister of Prussia. It is interesting that this is sent from 'Altjudenhof' which means 'Old Jewish Court'. It's always remarkable to me when stuff like this survives. Like who saved this? How and why was it saved?]

    [Below: This odd postcard says:
    'Der Reichsmarschall
    des Großdeutschen Reiches
    Chef des Ministeramtes
    Ihr Schreiben vom ___________ ist aus
    Gründen der Zuständigkeit an das Amt Z.A.- R. des Reichs-
    luftfahrtministeriums, Berlin W 8, Leipziger Straße 7, weiter-
    geleitet worden.'

    (The Reich Marshal
    of the Greater German Reich
    Chief of the Minister's Office
    Your letter of ___________ for
    reasons of competence to the Z.A.- R. office of the Reich-
    Aviation Ministry, Berlin W 8, Leipziger Strasse 7.
    has been forwarded.)

    The rather strange part is the tiny Luftwaffe eagle on the lower left side.]

    [Below: Close-up]

    [Below: Postcard reverse.]

    [Below: This invitation has the most beautiful embossed eagle I've ever seen! Seriously, this picture does it no justice. Wow. This says:

    'Ministerpräsident und Reichsminister der Luftfahrt
    General Göring
    Beehrt Sich
    Anläklich Seiner Vermählung mit Frau StaatsSchauspielerin Emmy
    Herrn und Frau Zapp
    zur Festvorstellung "Die ägyptische Helena" von Richard Strauss
    am Dienstag, den 9. April, 20 Uhr in die Staatsoper Unter den
    Linden einsuladen.'

    (Prime Minister and Reich Minister of Aviation
    General Goering
    On the Occasion of His Marriage to the State Actress Emmy
    Mr. and Mrs. Zapp
    to the festive performance of "The Egyptian Helen" by Richard Strauss
    on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the State Opera House Unter
    den Linden.)]

    [Below: Eagle close-up.]

    [Below: Here is a sheet of paper with Göring's letterhead when he was commisioner of the Four Year Plan. It says:

    'Der Reichsmarschall des Großdeutschen Reiches Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan'

    (The Reich Marshal of the Greater German Reich
    Commissioner for the Four-Year Plan)

    The Four Year Plan was primarily to provide for the rearmament of Germany and prepare the country for self-sufficiency from 1936-1940. The powers-that-be used the Versailles Treaty to weaken Germany by severely limiting its military.
    This was no doubt to ready Germany to be conquered by the coming communist armies.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: This is an envelope addressed to Göring and is from the:

    'Chef der Personellen Rüstung und
    National-Sozialistischen Führung
    der Luftwaffe'

    (Chief of Personnel Armament and
    National Socialist Leadership
    of the Luftwaffe).]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    This envelope is from the office of Bruno Loerzer (January 22, 1891 – August 23, 1960), an incredible German air force officer during World War I and World War II. He was credited with 44 aerial victories during World War I alone! Making him one of Germany's leading flying aces.

    [Below: Bruno Loerzer.]

    [Below: Incredibly handsome and dashing, Hermann Göring. He was also a 'Renaissance Man', a man of many talents in many areas.]

    [Below: This is a letterhead from Luftwaffe flight general Karl Bodenschatz, who served as Adjutant to Manfred von Richthofen in WWI and the liaison officer between Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler in WWII. His rank was 'General D. Flieger' (General of the Aviators) which was equivalent to lieutenant general.

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Karl Bodenschatz (December 10, 1890 – August 25, 1979).]

    Since Bodenschatz has a connection to Manfred von Richthofen, the 'Red Baron', allow me to introduce you to one of the greatest minds of WWII.
    You've probably never even heard of him, I only recently was introduced to this extraordinary man myself.
    It is a crime of history that he is not as well-known as the other generals of Germany. His name is:

    Wolfram von Richthofen.

    [Below: Wolfram von Richthofen. A nobleman in every sense of the word.]

    He was born on October 10, 1895 and died on July 12, 1945 of a brain tumor, which sadly cut short his phenomenal career. Wherever this man went, victories followed. He cut through the bullshit of the in-fighting generals. When Adolf Hitler's inner circle would try to keep him from speaking to the Führer he would get in a plane and fly directly to him! Sometimes for hours and hours, this was a man of superb courage and action. A veteran of both world wars, he was a WWI flying ace. In WWII he achieved the high rank of Generalfeldmarschall in the Luftwaffe. I could sit here and type praise after praise for Wolfram von Richthofen. He's truly one of my very favorite personalities of WWII and National Socialism. And I'm betting that if you take the time to learn about him, he'll be one of your top favorites too.]

    [Below: Christmas greeting from Arthur Seyss-Inquart, deputy governor to Hans Frank in the General Government of Occupied Poland, and Reich commissioner for the German-occupied Netherlands. Murdered by the vengeful Allies on October 16, 1946. This is made from a normal width paper.]

    [Below: Christmas greeting from Arthur Seyss-Inquart, this one is heavy card stock. You can imagine how rare these must be.]

    [Below: Arthur Seyss-Inquart.]

    [Below: Official NSDAP envelope from the Munich party headquarters canceled in August 1944. This was sent to the 'Wehrmachtsbeschaffungsamt (Bekleidung und Ausrüstung)' which means 'Wehrmacht Procurement Office (clothing and equipment)'. The ink stamp of 'Einschreiben' means 'Registered mail', which is also what the long stamp with the big 'R' is. The two postage stamps were for official use only and not available to the general public. Envelopes to the Munich NSDAP headquarters are quite rare, despite the fact there must have been a lot of them during the Third Reich. Maybe they were officially destroyed?]

  • The following three envelopes are extremely rare, not only are they sent to remarkable and historic men, but they were also sent very early. They really are museum pieces and should be properly researched some day.

    [Below: This envelope was sent to THE Alfred Rosenberg, to Munich, Germany from Rome, Italy, on February 19, 1928. Rosenberg was known as the 'philosopher of the Party', a man of exceedingly high intellect, author of the famed Myth of the 20th Century, and eventually murdered at Nuremberg by the Allies.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Alfred Rosenberg.]

    [Below: This envelpe was sent to THE Heinrich Himmler, to Munich, Germany, from Paris, France, on January 14, 1930. It is sent by 'S.F.B.E.'. Of course, Heinrich Himmler needs no introduction, as his order of knightly soldiers is admired the world over. Not since Arthur and the Knight of the Round Table has an order matched his mighty and mythical SS.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to the MAN himself -- Adolf Hitler, addressed to the Führer of the National Socialist German Worker's Party, to Munich Germany, from Pirano, Italy, on July 14, 1925. It is sent by a Karl Haase Portorose.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent registered to Adolf Hitler from Stuttgart, Germany and postmarked on September 8, 1933. The word following Adolf Hitler's name is 'eigenhandig' meaning 'own hand', meaning only to be opened by Adolf Hitler.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Adolf Hitler from Leipzig, Germany and postmarked on October 8, 1933.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Adolf Hitler from Munich, Germany and postmarked on November 7, 1933. This was sent to the Brown House, the headquarters of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Adolf Hitler from Pforzheim, Germany and postmarked on December 21, 1933. This was sent to the Obersalzberg/the Berghof. The word 'Drücksache!' in the upper left hand corner just means 'Printed matter!']

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Adolf Hitler from Stuttgart, Germany and postmarked on December 27, 1933.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Generalfeldmarschall and President of Germany Paul von Hindenburg. A much rarer envelope to find than say, the Hitler ones, for example. This was sent from Danzig, Germany to Berlin on April 7, 1934. This was only a few months before his death in August.]

    [Below: Paul von Hindenburg, 1917.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to Benito Mussolini, in Rome, Italy, on March 24, 1937. It was sent registered from Ponte All'Abate, a village in Lucca, Italy.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Benito Mussolini.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent from the office of the:

    Generaloberst Göring
    Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan
    Amt für deutsche Roh=und Werkstoffe'

    (Prime Minister
    Colonel General Göring
    Commissioner for the Four-Year Plan
    Office for German Raw Materials)

    'Herrn Ministerpräsident Generaloberst Göring
    Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan
    Geschäftsgruppe Rohstoffverteilung
    z.Hd.V. Herrn Ministerpräsident Köhler

    (Prime Minister Colonel General Göring
    Commissioner for the Four-Year Plan
    Raw Materials Distribution Business Group
    for the attention of Minister President Köhler)

    This was sent from Göring's office in Berlin to Walter Köhler, who in 1936 was appointed head of the Department of Raw Materials Distribution within the Four-Year Plan. The Four-Year Plan was basically a program to get Germany back on its feet after the crippling Versailles Treaty. Göring was placed in charge of this mammoth initiative.

    One last thing to say about this interesting envelope. You'll notice the white residue of something that was once stuck on the front of the envelope. This envelope was reused, they would take a used envelope and stick a new label on top of the original. Someone found the Göring original envelope beneath who-knows-what, and tore it off.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent to the Berliner Stadtbank in Berlin from Heinrich Himmler's office, on July 22, 1936. It was sent using meter mail, instead of using a stamp, which was and is common for businesses.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent from the office of the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia to and from Prague on May 31, 1940. There were a total of four men who held this title, including the great Reinhard Heydrich. On May 31, 1940 the title was held by SS-Obergruppenführer Konstantin von Neurath, who had also served as Foreign Minister of Germany.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: SS-Obergruppenführer Konstantin von Neurath.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent from the office of the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia to and from Prague on June 28, 1940. On this date the title of Protector of Bohemia and Moravia was held by SS-Obergruppenführer Konstantin von Neurath. What's interesting is a postage due stamp. I wonder why this was necessary? It says 'Gebührenpflichtige Dienstsache' which means 'Chargeable Service Matter', but why is it chargeable? Government stuff is usually 'Free inside the Reich'...]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent from the office of the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia to Erich Hofmann in Berlin on June 25, 1943. On this date the title of Protector of Bohemia and Moravia was held by SS-Obergruppenführer Konstantin von Neurath and Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Kurt Daluege.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Kurt Daluege.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent via Feldpost on November 9, 1943 to none other than one of the greatest soldiers of all time: SS-Obersturmführer Léon Degrelle! These stamps are of a private issue to benefit the Flemish Legion. There are a lot of fakes out there, so we'll never know 100% if this was indeed sent to Degrelle. The stamps themselves are 'favor canceled', meaning the post office canceled them for a collector, since they aren't real postage, there is no reason to actually cancel them. The cancel says 'Fieldpost Inspection Checkpoint'.]

    [Below: Reverse. SS censor tape.]

    [Below: SS-Obersturmführer Léon Degrelle.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent from the office of the:

    des Führers
    und Reichskanzlers'

    (Presidential Chancellery
    of the Führer
    and Reich Chancellor)

    Yes, indeed this is from the office of Adolf Hitler himself. It was sent on April 21, 1943, one day after Hitler's 54th birthday. It was sent to the Mayor of the area of Weiler, in Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. A beautiful area in the Black Forest.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Here is an autographed photo of one of the most important SS men ever, his name of course is Gottlob Berger (July 16, 1896 – January 5, 1975), who held the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS, but more importantly he was chief of the SS Main Office responsible for SS recruiting. His skill and experience made the SS into the elite fighting force we know it as today. It was he who came up with the idea of recruiting foreigners into the Waffen-SS, this was very important as the Wehrmacht swallowed up all the German manpower. He was truly a titan of men and if you haven't already, read more about him. Herr Berger is on the right in this picture, which was autographed after the war.]

    [Below: This is a rare June 17, 1937 letter from German General Friedrich Christiansen, who served as Korpsführer of the National Socialist Flyers Korps (NSFK) and Chief Military Commander (Wehrmachtbefehlshaber) of the German Wehrmacht in the occupied Netherlands, sent to the Deputy Leader for the Commissioner for Foreign Policy Issues.

    Christiansen had a very distinguished career during WWI as a flying ace and the only seaplane pilot to receive the coveted medal 'Pour le Mérite', or better known as the Blue Max. After the German invasion of the Netherlands, Christiansen was appointed the Wehrmachtbefehlshaber (Chief Military Commander) in the Netherlands. He was an incredibly talented and capable man, something the enemies of mankind would not forget.

    The Allies tried to invent all sorts of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Christiansen after the war, claiming he was responsible for the deaths of over 20,000 civilians! But of course the charges were more Allied lies, yet they sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment nonetheless.

    Wait, 12 years for killing over 20,000 civilians!? Very laughable. Oh but read on, it gets better. In 1948 he was sentenced for these imaginary war crimes but was released in 1951. So, let's get this straight -- he served three years for killing over 20,000 people!? Haha... what disgraceful bullshit these vengeful Allies did after the war. They were so inept they couldn't even provide fake evidence properly apparently. Pathetic.]

    [Below: Friedrich Christiansen (December 12, 1879 – December 3, 1972). This guy just glows with cool...]

    Let's see what this letter says:

    'Der Korpsführer

    An den
    Stellvertreter des Führers,
    Der Beauftragte für
    aussenpolitische Fragen

    Ich bestätige dankend den Eingang Ihrer Zeilen
    vom 12.6. und begrüsse den von Ihnen gemachten Vorschlag.

    Ich bitte Sie, den Pg.Dr.Garben zu veranlassen,
    in allen gemeinsamen Fragen zwischen Ihrer und meiner
    Dienststelle sich unmittelbar mit meinem Stabsführer,
    Major (E) K r ü g e r, in Verbindung zu setzen.

    (The Corps Commander
    National Socialist
    Flyer Corps

    To the
    Deputy Leader,
    The Commissioner for
    Foreign Policy Issues

    I gratefully acknowledge receipt of your lines
    of 12.6. and welcome the proposal you have made.

    I ask you to induce the Pg.Dr.Garben,
    on all common issues between yours and mine
    Liaise directly with my Chief of Staff,
    Major (E) K r ü g e r, to contact.)

    And on the very bottom, left:

    'Nach Kenntnisnahme

    zurück an Dr. Garben
    gez. Stahmer'

    (After acknowledging

    back to Dr. Garben
    signed Stahmer)

    [Below: Close-up of letterhead.]

    [Below: Close-up of signature.]

    [Below: Friedrich Christiansen.]

    [Below: Now here is something rare and cool. The tinnies, which are super well-made, aren't particularly too rare, but the document with them is what makes this unique. The letter, from a local leader of the SA from the Nordsee area, and signed by a SA-Brigadeführer, relates to a tinnie badge called 'Tag der SA-Gruppe Nordsee' (Day of the SA Group North Sea) on '6. und 7. Juni 1936'. Let's look at the typed letter:

    'An den
    Verbindungsführer zur
    Herrn Polizeihauptmann Helwes,

    (To the
    Liaison Leader to the
    Protection Police,
    Police Captain Helwes,

    In der Anlage erlaube ich mir, Ihnen zur
    Erinnerung an den "Tag der SA-Gruppe Nordsee" eine versilberte
    Plakette mit Etui zu überreichen.
    Damit verbinde ich meinen Dank für Ihre
    Tätigkeit als Verbindungsführer im Aufmarschstab.
    Heil Hitler!
    Der Führer des Aufmarschstabes:
    [unknown signature]

    (In the enclosure, I take the liberty of presenting you with the
    "Day of the SA Group North Sea" a silver-plated badge with case.
    With it I express my gratitude for your
    activity as a Liaison Leader in the Marching Staff.
    Heil Hitler!
    The Leader of the Marching Staff:
    [unknown signature]

    Wait... 'Police Captain Helwes'. Could this be Hans Helwes, who I just added his pictures and awards documents HERE. What a bizarre and strange coincidence...]

    [Below: Here are two types of the tinnies mentioned, whether one of these is the one given to Helwes we'll never know. Further, why did they make two colors, or grades of this tinnie, maybe silver for leaders? Also, the letter mentions a case for the badge. I've never seen a tinnie that came with a case. Odd. Too bad the case is gone, you can't win them all I guess.

    [Below: This envelope is from the 'Reichsministerium für die besetzten Ostgebiete' (Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories). It was created by Adolf Hitler on July 17, 1941 and headed by Alfred Rosenberg. The organization was formed to govern and organize the vast territories liberated by the German armed forces and their allies.]

    [Below: Alfred Rosenberg.]

    [Below: This envelope is from the office of the 'Generalkommissar' of Latvia. This office was held by Otto-Heinrich Drechsler.]

    [Below: Otto-Heinrich Drechsler (April 1, 1895 – May 5, 1945). He supposedly committed suicide on May 5, 1945, after being captured by the British forces, but like so many other Germans who surrendered to the Allies, they probably tortured and murdered him.]

    [Below: This rather crude envelope is from the German High Commissioner in Italy. As it says 'Operationszone Adriatisches Küstenland', from 1943-45 the Germans formed territories out of Italian land occupied by Germany after the Italian government betrayed Mussolini and their Allies and secretly surrendered to the Allies. This is from Triest, a city and seaport in northeastern Italy and the captital of the zone.]

    [Below: Here is an envelope from 'Der Kommandant von Wuppertal' (The Commander of Wuppertal) from September 24, 1941. Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany. Also check out the letter below.]

    [Below: Reverse of envelope.]

    [Below: Official letterhead of the Commander of Wuppertal, who was Hermann Mueller. It says:

    'Sehr verehrte Frau F e l d m a n n !

    Zu dem schweren Verlust der Sie durch den Tod Ihres Gatten

    betroffen hat, spreche ich Ihnen und Ihren Angehörigen mein

    herzlichstes Beileid aus.'

    (Dear Mrs. F e l d m a n n !

    On the heavy loss that has affected you by the death of your husband,

    I extend to you and your relatives my

    heartfelt condolences.)]

    [Below: Hermann Mueller.]

    [Below: Here is an envelope from a Leutnant und Kompanie Führer, sent from the field on November 8, 1941. It sadly involves the death of someone's son during Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of Russia). It was sent to Haldensleben, a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The town center is located approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) northwest from Magdeburg. Front.]

    [Below: Close-up of ink stamp and field post number 36599.]

    [Below: Close-up of registration label.]

    [Below: Reverse of envelope. The receiving stamp shows that it reached Haldensleben on November 30, 1941, 22 days later. In pencil we can see someone has done research on the field post number 36599. We learn that this is sent from '2.Pz.Jäger-Abt.900' (PanzerjägerAbteilung 900), also known as the Lehr Brigade. It was formed from school units in preparation for the invasion of Russia and was considered an elite group as many of its soldiers were instructors in tactics from various branch schools. It fought in most of the battles in the central sector of the Eastern Front during Barbarossa, notably the Battles of Minsk, Smolensk, Operation Typhoon and the Battle of Moscow. It was withdrawn in April–May of 1942.]

    [Below: Dienststelle 36599 (Service number 36599) ink stamp close-up.]

    [Below: Letter within, we learn the name of the hero who died: Walter Körtge. It was written 'Im Felde' (In the Field) on November 4, 1941. This was sent to the dead soldier's parents and is a list of their dead son's possessions. It says:

    'Anlie gend ubersendet die Kompanie die Nachlaßsachen für Ihren Sohn Walter Körtge.

    1 Führerschein
    1 Notizbuch
    1 Geldbörse
    2 Bleistifte
    1 Brieftasche mit Bilder
    2 Liederbucher
    einige Bilder und Briefe
    Geldbetrag RM. 9.72
    1 Fullhalter
    Briefpapier u. Briefe.

    Weitere Sachen befinden sich nicht bei der Kompanie.

    Heil Hitler!

    Leutnant und Kompanie - Führer.'

    (The company is sending the following items for the estate of your son Walter Körtge.

    1 driver's license
    1 notebook
    1 wallet
    2 pencils
    1 wallet with pictures
    2 songbooks
    some pictures and letters
    amount of money RM. 9.72
    1 full holder
    stationery & letters.

    There are no other things in the [possession of the] company.

    Heil Hitler!

    Lieutenant and company leader.)]

    [Below: Ink stamp close-up.]

    [Below: Signature of the Leutnant und Kompanie - Führer close-up. I couldn't figure out who this actually is. Anyone know?]

    [Below: Second document, this one written two days later, on November 6, 1941. It says:

    'Anliegend übersendet Ihnen die Kampanie die restliche Löhnung für Ihren Sohn Walter Körtge.'

    (Enclosed the company sends you the remaining wages for your son Walter Körtge.)]

    [Below: Another shot of the signature of the Leutnant und Kompanie - Führer close-up.]

    [Below: Check stub with a feldpost cancel from March 18, 1942.]

    [Below: Lastly, also inside the envelope is more research, this time in German. It says:

    'Unternehmen Barbarossa (Besonderheiten)
    8.11.41, FP-E-Brief mit Kenn-Nr.
    667 = Zweig-FP-Amt SS-Totenkopf-Division
    3699 = 2.Kp.Pz.Jäg.Abtl. 900
    mit interessantem Inhalt (Nachlaßsachen
    eines Gefallenen)'

    (Company Barbarossa (special features)
    8.11.41, FP-E letter with identification no.
    667 = Branch FP Office SS Totenkopf Division
    3699 = 2.Kp.Pz.Jäg.Abtl. 900
    with interesting contents (estate matters
    of a fallen man).]

    [Below: Here is an interesting letter from a seldom seen office of the Third Reich - the National Socialist Medical Association, on an official leader's letterhead from 1942. It says:

    'Der Reichsgesundheitsführer
    Verbindungsstelle Berlin


    Die kriegswichtigen Arbeiten der Auslandsabteilung der Reichsärztekammer als Außenstelle des Reichsgesundheitsführers machen es ständig erforderlich, daß der Hausmeister Dautz nachts in seiner Privatwohnung im Hause der Auslandsabteilung der Reichsärztekammer, Berlin NW 40, Beethovenstr. 3, dringende auswärtige Telefonanrufe entgegennimmt. Hierzu ist es notwendig, daß für den Telefonapparat, der sich in der Diele seiner Wohnung befindet, eine Steckdose im Schlafzimmer angebracht wird, damit von ihm kein Anruf überhört werden kann.

    Es wird gebeten, das zur Anbringung einer Steckdose erforderliche Material zur Verfügung zu stellen und die erforderlichen Arbeiten schnellstens durchzuführen.

    Berlin, 14. Dezember 1942
    Leiter der
    Verbindungsstelle Berlin'

    (The Reich Health Leader
    Liaison Office Berlin

    Certificate of Urgency.

    The war-related work of the foreign department of the Reich Chamber of Physicians as a branch of the Reich Health Leader make it constantly necessary for the caretaker Dautz to stay at night in his private apartment in the building of the foreign department of the Reich Chamber of Physicians, Berlin NW 40, Beethovenstr. 3, to receive urgent telephone calls from abroad. For this purpose, it is necessary for the telephone, which is in the hallway of his apartment, to have a socket in the bedroom so that no call can be overheard.

    You are requested to provide the material required to attach a socket and to carry out the necessary work as quickly as possible.

    Berlin, December 14, 1942

    Director of the
    Berlin Liaison Office)

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Dr. Leonardo Conti (August 24, 1900 – October 6, 1945) was the Reich Health Leader and an SS-Obergruppenführer.]

    [Below: Adolf Hitler's personal stationary from Berlin. This is so simple, but so beautiful and cool. The gold eagle and letters are raised (you can feel them with your fingertips). Can you imagine that back in the day they must have had a stack of these sheets!]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Adolf Hitler Christmas greetings on his personal stationary from Berlin. God I love these. Let's look at what it says:

    'In dankbarer Erinnerung an die schönen Stunden, die ich dank auch Ihrer künstlerischen Mitwirkung in meinem Hause erleben durfte,
    bitte ich Sie, das Paket Kaffee als kleines Weihnachtsgeschenk entgegennehmen zu wollen. Es entstammt einer grösseren Sendung, die mir aus dem Auslande gespendet wurde.
    Mit den herzlichsten Glückwünschen für das Weihnachtsfest und zum Neuen Jahr!'

    (In grateful remembrance of the wonderful hours that I was able to experience in my home thanks to your artistic contribution,
    I would ask you to accept the coffee package as a small Christmas present. It comes from a larger shipment that was donated to me from abroad.
    With warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year!)

    Ah, very cool. That would be the best coffee in the entire world! I wonder who it was that donated it? And who he gave it to for that matter? Some sort of entertainer?]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Now here is something rare! A Christmas card from 'Der Reichsminister für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda'... otherwise known as the great Joseph Goebbels! This is many times rarer than the Adolf Hitler card, for example. Let's look at what it says:

    'Den tapferen Soldaten der Flak, die unsere Reichshauptstadt beschützen, mit den herzlichsten Grüßen und Wünschen zu Weihnachten!

    Heil Hitler!

    Dr. Goebbels'

    (To the brave anti-aircraft soldiers who protect our Reich capital, with warmest greetings and wishes for Christmas!

    Heil Hitler!

    Dr. Goebbels)

    Now that is neat. Wow, very cool.]

    [Below: Here is a bit of a mystery. This letter was postmarked on October 22, 1942 in Munich. Okay, let's try to interpret this... It was sent to 'Frau Dr. Emmy Neumann' and has a Nuremberg cancel on the Adolf Hitler postage stamp which was postmarked on October 20, 1942. This has to be where it was sent from, although there is no return address. It was originally sent to Munich (I can't make out the address, maybe you can?), where it arrived two days later on October 22, but the address was crossed out... and then, mysteriously, someone wrote in a new address:

    Berlin W8
    Wilhelmstr. 63

    Inside the envelope was a letter. Click on the images to enlarge. I haven't translated anything yet.

    This address was a short walk from the Reich Chancellery and was called the Old Chancellery. It was a building where top people had their offices, including Adolf Hitler. This building used to be the liason office of the King of Prussia and the Kaiser. From 1933-1939 Adolf Hitler had his office and private apartment here, at Wilhelmstrasse 77. During this time an air raid shelter was built beneath the building, which would later be referred as the 'Führer Bunker'.

    Later on Wilhelmstrasse 55 was Adolf Hitler's office.

    At Wilhelmstrasse 54 was the Central Office of the Fuhrer's Deputy/Reich Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

    At Wilhelmstrasse 49 was the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

    The building itself was destroyed in Allied terror bombings of civilians in 1945.

    Now back to our letter and number 63. I found an old map which states that it was 'Preuss Staatsrat u. Verbandungsstab des Stellvertreters des Führers' (Prussian State Councillor and staff of the Deputy Führer).

    First, let's look at the Prussian State Councillor. Councillor means 'a member of the council'. The members of the State Council were elected by the provincial parliaments. The Council had an indirect right to introduce legislation and could object to bills passed by the Reichstag. They also had the power to approve expenditures that exceeded the budget.

    After 1933 Hermann Göring was appointed Prussian Minister President. The other office in number 63 was staff of the Deputy Führer. The Deputy Führer was none other than Rudolf Hess!

    In addition to this letter was a mourning envelope and card (below). You can spot these death announcements by their black borders on the envelopes/cards. This was common in Europe back in the past, I'm not sure if they still do it.

    First you'll note that this is to a person with the last name of Neumann. No doubt related to the woman from the letter above. Remember that the original envelope was sent from Nuremberg, but they didn't put a return address, well this is probably it, although it is nearly impossible to read, since it is in the old German handwriting style called Sütterlin script.

    [Below: 'Aufrichtige Teilnahme' (Sincere Condolences), front.]

    [Below: Back of card. .]

    [Below: Here is a very thin piece of paper, almost like carbon paper. It's a letter no one wanted to get, but millions still did... Abschrift

    Im Felde, den 30. Oktober 1943.

    Sehr geehrte Frau Claus!

    In dem Gefecht bei Drosdowa im Kampfraum Newel am 27. Oktober 1943 fiel Ihr Ehemann, der Gefreite Hans Claus, im Kampf um die Freiheit Großdeutschlands in soldatischer Pflichterfüllung, getreu seinum Fahneneide für Führer, Volk und Vaterland.

    Zugleich im Namen seiner Kameraden spreche ich Ihnen Meine wärmste Anteilnahme aus. Die Kompanie wird Ihrem Ehemann stets ein ehrendes Andenken bewahren und in ihm ein Vorbild sehen.

    Die Gewißheit, daß Ihr Ehemann für die Größe und Zukunft unseres ewigen Deutschen Volkes sein Leben hingab, möge Ihnen in dem schweren Leid, das Sie betroffen hat, Kraft geben und Ihnen ein Trost sein.

    In aufrichtigem Mitgefühl grüße ich Sie

    mit Heil Hitler

    gez. Böhm

    Oblt. und Kp. Chef der

    Einheit Feldpost -Nr. 59 150 D.

    Für die Richtigkeit der Abschrift

    Bünde, den 22. Dezember 1943


    The ink stamp is from a worker's insurance fund. It says:

    'Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse für den Landkreis herford'


    In the Field, October 30, 1943.

    Dear Ms. Claus!

    In the battle of Drozdowa [north-eastern Poland] in the Newel combat area on October 27, 1943, your husband, Private Hans Claus, fell in the fight for the freedom of Greater Germany in the fulfillment of his soldierly duty, faithful to his oath of allegiance to the Führer, the people and the fatherland.

    At the same time, on behalf of his comrades, I express my warmest condolences to you. The Company will always honor the memory of your husband and see him as a role model.

    May the certainty that your husband gave his life for the greatness and future of our eternal German people give you strength and comfort in the great suffering that has befallen you.

    With sincere sympathy I greet

    you with Heil Hitler

    signed Böhm

    Oblt. and Kp. Chief of the

    Unit Field Post -No. 59 150 D.

    For the correctness of the transcript

    Bünde, 22 December 1943


    The ink stamp says:

    General local health insurance fund for the district of Herford).]

    [Below: Package card for a martyr. This soldier gave his life for Europe in the brutal fighting known as the Kuban Bridgehead. This fallen soldier was a part of 97.Jäger-Division. This tells us:

    'Kuban - Brückenkopf Paketkarte Gefallenengepäck mit Kenn Nr.'

    (Kuban - Bridgehead parcel card for fallen - baggage with identification no.)

    'The Kuban Bridgehead was a German military position on the Taman Peninsula, Russia, between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Existing from January to October 1943, the bridgehead formed after the Germans were pushed out of the Caucasus. The heavily fortified position was intended as a staging area for the Wehrmacht which was to be used to renew attacks towards the oil wells of the Caucasus. Axis positions in the bridgehead were repeatedly subjected to large Soviet offensives, but none ever comprehensively broke the Axis defensive lines. The bridgehead was abandoned when the Red Army breached the Panther–Wotan line, forcing an evacuation of the German forces across the Kerch Strait to Crimea.'

    [Below: Reverse of card.]

    [Below: Research paper.]

    [Below: Men from the 97. Jäger-Division near a damaged Soviet KV-85 after battles near Nikopol, Ukraine. Note the corpse of a dead Russian tanker can be seen in the background, 1943.]

    [Below: Another package card for a fallen soldier. He also gave his life for Europe in the brutal fighting known as the Kuban Bridgehead. This fallen soldier was a part of 125.Infanterie-Division. This heroic division fought from Operation Barbarossa, through the Ukraine and eventually being annihilated in August 1944 in Romania. This tells us:

    'Kuban - Brückenkopf FP-Paketkarte Verstorbenengepäck mit Kenn Nr.'

    (Kuban - Bridgehead parcel card for deceased - baggage with identification no.)

    [Below: Reverse of card.]

    [Below: Research paper.]

    [Below: Award ceremony for Commander Alfred Hermann Reinhard, who was being awarded the coveted Knight's Cross with the 125.Infanterie-Division.]

    [Below: Here is an early Viktor Lutze document dated December 23, 1935, sent to Führer der SA-Gruppe Nordsee Gruppenführer Böhmcker. It's on thick, parchment-like paper and the eagle is embossed. It says:

    'Frohe Weihnacht und ein gesundes Kampfjahr 1936'

    (Merry Christmas and a healthy fighting year 1936).]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Heinrich Böhmcker (July 22, 1896 - June 16, 1944).]

    [Below: First let me introduce Oberleutnant and Knight's Cross winner (won on December 6, 1944) Peter Kalden. He was an ace fighter pilot who flew a whopping 538 missions with 84 victories in the east. During the hellish days near the end, on March 11, 1945 during a low level attack on Soviet tanks near Danzig he was shot down by anti-aircraft guns and taken prisoner by the communists. Kalden would survive the war and captivity, and died June 11, 1996, he was 72 years old.

    It's remarkable these internal Luftwaffe files survived. This first document is from March 25, 1943 when he was with 3./Jagdgeschwader 105. It says:


    (Evaluation note)

    'Eignungsbeurteilung siehe umseitig'

    (Suitability assessment see overleaf)

    'Wie wird jetzige Stellung ausgefüllt?

    sehr gut ausgefüllt'

    (How is the current position filled?

    very well-filled)

    'Geeignet zur Beförderung zum nächsthöheren Dienstgrad?

    letzte Beförderung am 1.12.42'

    (Suitable for promotion to the next higher rank?

    last promotion on 1.12.42)

    [Below: Document front]

    [Below: Close-up]

    [Below: Document reverse. It says:

    'K. ist ein ruhiger, besonnener und ausgesprochen intelligenter Mensch. Er ist zuverlässig und pflichtbewußt. Manchmal neigt er zum Phlegma. Körperlich groß und stattlich. Wird von Untergebenen wegen seiner bestimmten und entschiedenen Art vorgehaltlos als Führer anerkannt. Höflich und korrekt Vorgesetzten gegenüber. Im Kameradenkreis sehr beliebt.
    Geistig sehr durchgebildet, durch sein gutes Allgemeinwissen gestaltet er den Unterricht sehr anschaulich und interessant. Lt. K. gesitzt Eigeninitiative und die Fähigkeit zur Improvisation.
    Er steht auf dem Boden der nat. soz. Weltanschauung und ist jederzeit in der Lage, das nat. soz. Gedankengut zu verwerten und weiterzugeben.'

    (K. is a calm, level-headed and extremely intelligent person. He is reliable and conscientious. Sometimes he tends to be phlegmatic [a calm and unemotional disposition, seen as a positive trait]. Physically tall and handsome. Subordinates recognize him as a leader because of his firm and decisive manner. Polite and correct towards superiors. Very popular among his comrades.
    Mentally very well-educated, his good general knowledge makes his lessons very clear and interesting. According to K., he showed initiative and the ability to improvise.
    He is grounded in the natural social world view and is always able to utilize and pass on natural social ideas.)]

    [Below: Second document. Front.]

    [Below: Close-up.]

    [Below: Second document. Reverse.]

    [Below: Here is an official envelope sent on July 14, 1941. 'Zustellungsurkunde' means certificate of service. A certificate of service is also known as a postal delivery certificate. This is a public document that provides full proof that a specific, usually official, document has been formally delivered to a recipient. In this case it is notification of a subpoena. Front of envelope.]

    [Below: Front of letter. It says:

    'Im Namen des Deutschen Volkes!

    Der Antrag des Bauern Cordes, ihm zu genehmigen, den minderjährigen Johann Evert Willms in Burlage zum Anerben seines Erbhofes Einzusetzen, wird abgelehnt.
    Die Kosten hat der Bauer Cordes zu tragen.
    Der Geschäftswert beträgt 1000, - R.M.'

    (In the Name of the German People!

    The application by the farmer Cordes for permission to appoint the minor Johann Evert Willms in Burlage as heir to his hereditary farm is rejected.
    The farmer Cordes has to bear the costs.
    The value of the transaction is 1000. R.M.)

    Further down, it says:


    Der Bauer Cordes besitz einen Erbhof von rund 11 ha.. Er ist mit Hilkeline Willms Kinderlos verheitatet. Ays diesem Grunde haben sie ihren Neffen Johann Evert Willms seit seinem 7. Lebensjahre in ihre häusliche Gemeinschaft aufgenommen und an ihm Elternstelle vertreten.
    Sie wollen nun ihren Neffen an Kindesstatt annehmen. Diese Annahme soll aber nur erfolden, wenn Johann Willms auch als Anerben'


    The farmer Cordes owns a hereditary farm of around 11 ha [Hectare = 2.5 acres]. He is married to Hilkeline Willms without children. For this reason they took their nephew Johann Evert Willms into their household from the age of 7 and took his place as his parents.
    They now wish to adopt their nephew in his place. However, this adoption is only to take place if Johann Willms is also named as an heir.)]

    [Below: Back of letter. It says:

    'Anerbe des Erbhofes eingesetzt wird. Der Bauer Cordes beantragt deshalb, ihm die Genehmigung zu dieser Anerben=einsetzung zu erteilen. Diese konnta nicht erteilt werden. Der Bauer Cordes hat noch mehrere Brüder, von denen der Jüngste, allerdings verstorbene Bruder, wieder einen Sohn hat, der als gesetzlicher Anerbe in Krage käme. Bei dieser Sachlage geht es nicht an, den Neffen welcher mit dem Erbhof keine blutsmässige Bindung besitzt, dem gesetzlichen Anerben vorzuziehen, selbst wenn er im Hause des Bauern erzogen ist. Dies würde sich auch nicht dadurch ändern, dass eine Annahme an Kindesstatt erfolgte, da diese Kindesannahme auf die anerbenfolge keinen Einfluss haben könnte.'

    (Heir to the hereditary farm. The farmer Cordes therefore applies for permission to appoint him as heir. This could not be granted. The farmer Cordes has several brothers, the youngest of whom, although deceased, has another son who could be a legal heir. In this situation, it is unacceptable to prefer the nephew, who has no blood ties to the hereditary farm, to the legal heir, even if he was brought up in the farmer's house. This would also not be changed by an adoption in lieu of a child, as this adoption as a child could have no influence on the succession to the inheritance.)]

    [Below: Back of envelope showing official seal.]

    [Below: Official seal up-close.]

    [Below: Here is an official letter to Rudolf Brinkmann (August 28, 1893 – August 1, 1955), a German economist and banker who rose to become the State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Economics and the Vice President of the Reichsbank. This is a rare document, as on February 17, 1939, a little over a month later, it was announced that Brinkmann was placed on an indefinite leave of absence due a 'severe nervous breakdown'. A few months later Brinkmann was retired and admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Bonn, where he remained until the end of WW2. Nothing is known of Brinkmann's fate thereafter. The document is from the Reich Minister of Labor, Dr. Friedrich Syrup. After WWII, on June 7, 1945, Dr. Syrup was in the 'NKVD special camp Nr. 7' in the Allied concentration camp Sachsenhausen, where he was murdered a few months later. The document says:

    'Sehr geehrter Herr Brinkmann! Haben Sie recht herzlichen Dank für die freundliche Übersendung Ihrer Veröffentlichung über "Wirtschaftspolitik aus nationalsocialistischem Kraftquell". Sie haben mir damit eine besondere Freude gemacht.'

    (Dear Mr. Brinkmann! Thank you very much for kindly sending your publication on "Economic Policy from a National Socialist Source of Power". You gave me a special pleasure.)]

    [Below: Reich Minister of Labor, Dr. Syrup]