Lot 515

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An excellent copy of a letter taken from the documents division at Nuremberg, 1p. 4to., Stockholm, Dec. 12, 1945, from the Swedish section of the World Jewish Congress thanking Heinrich Himmler's personal physician FELIX KERSTEN for assisting Jews in escaping concentration camps. In part: 'Dear Medical Councilor, We need to express our gratitude and appreciation for the valuable service you have rendered to our endeavors to save Jews. We thank you in particular for your efforts during the tragic war years, when the liberation and transfer to Sweden of around 3,500 Jews from the German concentration camps and the handover of German concentration camps to the Allies were successful...we have always found understanding and willingness to help with you, sometimes even in difficult circumstances. The Jews of all countries, whose brothers have been freed through your efforts, will remember you with gratitude.' The conclusion bears a typed passage from a Stockholm notary, confirming that the document is an exact copy presented to him on April 30, 1947. Adding value and extreme rarity, a Nuremberg official has written in pencil 'R. BRANDT...Not admitted' at the top, suggesting that the letter was originally proposed as evidence against Himmler's Personal Administrative Officer RUDOLF BRANDT. Brandt was charged at the Doctors' Trial for his role in murdering 86 Jewish inmates at Auschwitz, then preparing their skeletons for public display at an anatomy institute to exhibit their 'subhuman' and 'repulsive' characteristics. He was later executed for war crimes in 1948. One staple hole, paper clip indent, else fine. Taken from a large grouping of Nuremberg documents consigned to us.

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