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Adolf Hitler

Dr. Hans Lammers

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Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945.  Führer and Reich Chancellor of Nazi Germany, 1933-1945.  Significant, partially printed Document Signed, Adolf Hitler, one page, 8¼” x 11¾, Berlin, December 19, 1934.  Countersigned by Dr. Hans Heinrich Lammers, 1879-1962, State Secretary and later Minister and head of the Chancellery.

This is an important and excellent association document in which Hitler, acting “in the name of the Reich,” appoints Bavarian Justice Minister Hans Frank to the office of Reichminister without portfolio.

Frank (1900-1946) was the infamous head of the Nazi civil administration in Poland.  A polished man, he abandoned civility in pursuit of the Nazi program of extermination.  “Gentlemen,” he told members of his cabinet, “I must ask you to rid yourself of pity.  We must annihilate the Jews.”  Frank, who openly admitted his guilt, was convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg after World War II and was hanged.

Lammers escaped execution—not by the Allies, but by Hitler himself.  A week before he committed suicide in his Berlin bunker, Hitler ordered that Lammers be arrested for high treason.  But Soviet troops entered Berlin, Hitler died, and World War II ended before the order could be carried out.  Lammers was later seized and tried by the Allies. He received a 20-year prison sentence but was released in two years.

This document bears a large blind-embossed German eagle seal.  Hitler and Lammers have signed with bold fountain pen signatures.  The document has a few wrinkles, but they are not as pronounced as the scan suggests.  The document is in fine condition overall.

We reject Nazism and all that it represented.  We nevertheless offered this document because Nazism, although despised, played a large role in the history of the 20th Century.

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