Lot 830

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An evocative relic directly tied to the planned execution of Hermann Goering, namely a small section of the rope, consisting of at least sixty strands, each approx. 3 in. long., prevented after Goering committed suicide one day earlier. Sold with a scan of a badly faded letter of provenance (original letter also included) which contains the account of the executioner, U.S. Army Master Sgt. John C. Woods, who describes the hangings, his involvement, the fact that Goering had "cheated the gallows by committing suicide three hours before execution time", and the fact that he had taken "souvenirs". At the bottom of the page, a "William", whose full signature remains unfamiliar to us, writes that he has sold the "aforementioned items" to Stanley J. Bozich, renowned militaria collector and co-founder of Michigan's Own Military and Space Museum, in September 26, 1971. Beneath this, Bozich himself adds "...this same date I gave to George Canaday...a piece of the rope intended for Hermann Goring...". Eventually, this piece had been acquired by Professor R. W. Snider, a history professor of over 50 years, from whom our consigner finally received the item.

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July 15, 2020 11:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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