Lot 851

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(1904 - 1945) Austrian Nazi and later an SS leader, one of those most responsible for the murder of millions of people during the Holocaust. On November 9, 1939, Himmler appointed Globocnik SS and Police Leader in the Lublin district. In later years he was responsible for liquidating the Warsaw Ghetto, liquidating the Bialystok Ghetto, resettling a large quantity of Poles under the premise of ethnic cleansing, and supervising the Lublin reservation, to which 95,000 Jews were deported, with its adjacent network of forced labour camps. On October 13, 1941, Globocnik received an order from Himmler to start immediate construction work on Belzec, the first extermination camp in the General Government. The construction of three more extermination camps, Sobibór, Maidanek and Treblinka followed in 1942. All in all, Globocnik was complicit in the extermination of more than 1.5 million Jews and non-Jews in the death camps which he organized and supervised. Regrettably, he committed suicide before the Poles could capture him and string him up...slowly. Very rare T.L.S. "Odilo Globocnik" to Karl Gerland (1905-1945), Gauleiter of Kurhessen who would later be KIA at Frankfurt, [n.p.], Apr. 1, 1938. Largely untranslated, but Globocnik makes references to rumors being addressed by the press, propaganda, a possible clamp-down on the Communist Party and a final reference to a priest. Docketed, files holes at left margin, else very good. On Mar. 12, 1938 - only a bit more than two weeks before he wrote this letter - German soldiers marched into Austria to complete Hitler's "anschluss" of that nation. Globocnik had worked tirelessly to undermine the government and pave the Nazi's way to seize power and was rewarded by Hitler with the appointment of Gauleiter of Vienne on May 24, 1938.

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June 4, 2010 11:00 AM EDT
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