Lot 304

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One of a kind item, a menu from Hermann Goring's hunting estate Carinhall, 1p. 4.5 x 7 in., dated Jan. 16, 1938, near certainly used by Yugoslav Prime Minister MILAN STOJADINOVIC during his visit to Germany, just one day before Stojadinovic's groundbreaking meeting with Adolf Hitler. The menu lists an expensive assortment of truffles, sole filet, game birds, salsify, and apple cake, bearing a gilt border at the edges. Numerous photographs now preserved in the Library of Congress show Goring welcoming Stojadinovic to Carinhall on this date, just one day before Hitler and Stojadinovic met at a reception in Carinhall. During this visit, Stojadinovic expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler, and wished for closer ties between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia. Hitler then assured Stojadinovic, that as long as he continued his pro-German policies, Germany never attack Yugoslavia. In return, Stojadinovic promised Hitler that Yugoslavia would accept any Anschluss with Austria, as Yugoslavia regarded the question of annexing Austria as an 'internal' German matter. Later that year, Germany was planning to attack Czechoslovakia, and in June 1938, Stojadinovic promised that Yugoslavia would do nothing if Germany attacked Czechoslovakia, despite a tentative alliance between the two nations. One horizontal fold, two file holes, else fine. Adding additional provenance, this document is consigned by a descendent of military historian, author, and collector Vojmir Kljakovic. The exclusivity of Goring's Jan. 16 dinner with the Prime Minister, combined with the other Yugoslavian items consigned, makes it safe to assume the menu was owned and used by Stojadinovic himself. Sold with some research.

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