Lot 147

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(1901 - 1945) Wife of Nazi Germany''s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. A prominent member of the Nazi Party, she was a close ally, companion and political supporter of Adolf Hitler. As Berlin was being overrun by the Red Army at the end of World War II in Europe, she and her husband fatally poisoned their six children before they committed suicide. AN IMPASSIONED LETTER TO ADOLF HITLER Extraordinary and very rare A.L.S. "Magda Goebbels" on her personal letterhead, 3pp. large 8vo., Berlin, Nov. 14, 1939 to Adolf Hitler whom she addresses as: "Mein lieber Fuhrer". Three days after her 38th birthday and less than a week after the Nazi leader survived a bomb attempt on his life at the Burgerbraukeller n Munich, Goebbels addresses the man who often called her his "soul mate". In part: "...I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dear good wishes and for the wonderful orchids! It moved me deeply, that in the midst of your heavy cares and your great work you still had time and thought enough to think of my birthday...in spite of the many annoyances that you have had from me in the past years...That made me endlessly happy...My thoughts were entirely with you. I knew you to be at the burial of the victims of the gruesome attack and my heart was filled with thankfulness for the providence that protected and preserved you for us in so evident a fashion. If there was within me sometimes doubt in the divinity or a higher power, so your rescue from the danger of death, wonderful in the truest sense, has removed all these doubts from me and because of this I bow before the omnipotence and the justice of the highest. May you be kept under his protection and preserved for us in health for many years. For this, we can endeavor to fulfill our duty to him and to you and eager and joyfully will make every sacrifice...". Slight soiling and a few trivial marginal splits, else very good. Magda Goebbels is rare in any form, especially in letters with such intimate content. One biographer has gone so far as to state that Joseph Goebbels was intensely jealous of Hitler's fondness for Magda, and even feared that the pair were carrying on an illicit relationship.

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April 17, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
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