(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. Very rare, excellent content and association twice-signed A.L.S. as 'Adolf Hitler' and the rare, familiar 'Wolf', 2pp. 6 1/4 x 4 in., Bayreuth, June 27, 1929, to WINIFRED WAGNER (1897–1980), the English-born wife of Siegfried Wagner, the son of composer Richard Wagner, who also ran the Bayreuth Festival after her husband's death in 1930 until the end of World War II in 1945. She was a friend and supporter, and rumored lover of Adolf Hitler. Hitler sends a birthday 'congratulations' card to his dear friend, who had celebrated her 32nd birthday the previous day. He writes, in full: 'I would have liked to deliver thes flowers in person. I still have to depart today for Planen and therefore can only send you my best wishes this way. Again, luck and heil! Wolf' On the reverse of the card, he adds: 'for your birthday' beneath the printed congratulations and signs his name in full. The card is accompanied by its original envelope addressed by Hitler to 'Frau Wini Wagner'. Fine condition. Hitler's handwritten letters are excessively rare, and when signed 'Wolf', even more so. In 1923, Winifred Wagner met Adolf Hitler, who greatly admired Richard Wagner's music. When Hitler was jailed for his part in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, Wagner sent him food parcels and stationery on which Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf may have been written. In the late 1930s, she served as Hitler's personal translator during treaty negotiations with Britain. Although Wagner remained personally faithful to Hitler, she denied that she ever supported the Nazi party. Her relationship with Hitler grew so close that by 1933 there were rumors of impending marriage.

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