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Hermann Göring

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Hermann Wilhelm Göring, 1893-1946.  Nazi Reichsmarshall; Luftwaffe commander-in-chief.  Significant World War II-dated Typed Letter Signed, Göring, one page, 8¼” x 11¾”, October 28, 1940.  In German, with translation.

This letter is significant both for its content and for the person to whom it was written.  By this letter Göring, the highest ranking member of the German armed forces in World War II, seeks information about the Soviet political system from Alfred Rosenberg, who was generally accepted as the mentor of Nazi ideology. 

On July 21, 1940, a month after the fall of France, Hitler instructed Field Marshall Walther von Brauchitsch to plan for an invasion of the Soviet Union.  Some five months later, on December 18, 1940, he signed Directive 21, the first operational order for the invasion of the Soviet Union.  German planners, who code-named the invasion Operation Barbarossa, intended to wage a war of annihilation against both the Communist state itself and its Jewish population. It was halfway between these two events that Göring wrote this letter.  It suggests that Göring, who commanded the German air force, the Luftwaffe, was planning for Nazi governance in the Soviet Union.

This letter is in fine condition.  It has one horizontal and one vertical fold, neither of which affects Göring’s bold red signature.  There are normal file holes in the margin, docketing notations in a blank area at the upper right, and a paper clip stain at the upper left. 

While we reject Nazism and all that it represented, we offer this document because of the role that Nazi Germany played in 20th Century history.  This would be an excellent addition to any World War II collection.

Unframed.

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