Lot 852

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(1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Excessively rare signed book, Goebbels' Das Eherne Herz (The Iron Heart: Speeches and Essays from 1941-1942), (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, F. Eher Verlag, 1943), a hardbound first edition, boldly inscribed in German on the first free endpaper to his brother, "Hans" and signed "Joseph, Christmas, 1942". The book contains 62 speeches and essays, including Goebbels' infamous "Die Juden Sin Schuld" ("The Jews Are to Blame!"), and "Die sogenannte russische Seele" ("The So-Called Russian Soul"). This piece was originally sold by Charles Hamilton, who said of it: "These are the first inscribed books of Goebbels which I have ever seen or heard of, and it would be impossible to find any more interesting association items...". Cover is worn at edges with cracked and torn spine, however the binding is still strong and the pages inside have been very well preserved. HANS JOHANN GOEBBELS (1895-1947) joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and served in the S.A. from 1936, on. Heavily involved in the financial administration of the party, he was captured by American soldiers in 1945 and died in French captivity in 1947.

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June 4, 2010 11:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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