ADOLF HITLER PROCLAIMS HIS ABSOLUTE POWER
ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. Historic content and very rare manuscript L.S. on 'Adolf Hitler Deutscher Reichskanzler' engraved letterhead, 2pp. large 4to., Berlin, Nov. 23, 1935 to the President of the Dominican Republic, RAFAEL LEONIDAS TRUJILLO MOLINA (1891-1961), a dictator himself who led one of the bloodiest and most corrupt regimes in the Western hemisphere. As the newly proclaimed dictator of the German Republic, Hitler announces: '...I have the honor to inform Your Excellency, that due to the federal law [the Enabling Acts] of August 1st of this year, the office of President of the Republic and that of Chancellor have been consolidated following the death of the German President of the Republic Field Marshal Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, and according to this law, I have taken up my high office effective as of August 2nd of this year. My most serious efforts will be directed towards cultivating and furthering relations between our countries. While I express hope that I can count on your participation, I ask Your Excellency to accept the assurance of my fullest respect...' Co-signed by CONSTANTIN VON NEURATH (1873-1956), German diplomat, foreign minister of Germany between 1932 and 1938. He would be tried as a major war criminal in Nuremberg and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment for his compliance and actions in the Nazi regime. Slight foxing, a horizontal fold, otherwise fine. When Hitler lost the presidential election to Hindenburg in November 1932, the Nazi party suffered a serious setback. Realizing that he would never come to power on the legitimate vehicle of a majority vote, Hitler fixed up a series of deals with leading German industrialists who persuaded the ageing Hindenburg to declare Hitler Chancellor of the German Reich. Thus, on January 30, 1933. Hitler became one of the most powerful men in Germany, moving with a bewildering speed to accomplish his immediate ambitions. His industrialist supporters, who had imagined they could submerge Hitler in the Cabinet and use his mass appeal to their own ends, soon found that they were seriously mistaken. By July 1933. he had ousted the conservatives in the Cabinet, declared that the Nazis were the only permitted political party in Germany, personally took over the legislative power of the Reichstag, and abolished the trade unions. On June 30, 1934, he further insulated himself from any potential rival threat by detailing his personal bodyguard, the SS forces under Himmler and Heydrich, to murder hundreds of influential Germans who might oppose him, including his rival Rohm and former Chancellor Gen. Schliecher. With President Hindenburg's convenient demise on August 2, 1934, Hitler was left sole master in Germany. Rather than go through the process of finding a new president, Hitler abolished the office and declared himself the new total ruler, with the title Fuhrer of Germany. Soon afterwards, he forced the army to swear the oath of allegiance to him personally, and his position was secure. Letters of state of Hitler are seldom offered for sale, and one announcing that he has abolished the office of President upon the death of Hindenburg and has declared himself total ruler is a great rarity.