(1904 - 1942) "The Hangman", Nazi head of the dreaded SS and architect of the 'Final Solution', his assassination in Prague caused in retribution the destruction of Lidice and the murder of many of its inhabitants. Fine content T.L.S. 'Heydrich' on Der Reichsfuhrer-SS Der Chef des Sicherheitshauptamtes' letterhead, 2pp. large 4to., Berlin, June 25, 1938, to the President of the Reich Chamber of Literature, recommending the repression of Berlin author and writer Reinhold Wulle. In part: '...As a follow-up to this bureau's letter of 2-9-38, this is to inform you that Wulle has in the meantime written a new book. It is entitled 20 years later: the way to November 9, 1918 and was to be published by the National Book Service, Berlin W 50. As in all his earlier writings, this time, too, Wulle tried to distribute the book to his followers overnight, before it was officially announced in special booksellers' periodicals and before the expected intervention of the Secret State Police / Gestapo. As in earlier cases, Wulle's followers were urged by a prospectus of the publisher to order the book by remitting the amount in advance or by C.O.D. Again, it was pointed out that 'experience has shown that the books of Reinhold Wulle go out of print soon after they are published.' The printed sheets of the entire printing (3,000 copies) were temporarily impounded by the Gestapo on 30-3-38. Analysis showed that in this book, Reinhold Wulle once again expounds his well-known ideology, albeit even more cautiously and skillfully. A report is enclosed. It is requested that the decision agreed to in February as to Wulle's remaining further in the Reich Chamber of Literature be made soon. It appears to be a matter of urgency that Wulle be deprived of the possibility of further publishing his opinions which are against National Socialism...' Boldly signed at conclusion. Some dockets and underlining, folds, and file holes - overall very good. Reinhold Wulle (1882–1950) was a German Volkisch politician and publicist especially active during the Weimar Republic. Initially a Hitler supporter, he became disillusioned, decrying what he saw as Hitler's immorality and dismissing him as 'a Bavarian cross-breed between Mussolini and Louis XIV'. Wulle was arrested two months after this letter was written for breaching the 'Insidiousness Law' and the law against the new formation by parties. His two political initiatives were banned, he was expelled from the writer's organization, and held in 'protective custody' in Sachsenhausen until Wilhelm Frick intervened to free him.

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