Hitler’s ‘Suicide Note’ To Be Sold At Auction For N32 Million

© Roger Viollet/Getty Images Adolf Hitler mentioned in a note that he refused to flee Berlin

A telegraph dubbed “Hitler’s suicide note” containing a defiant final message from the Nazi leader is expected to fetch up to £70,000 (about N32,620,000) at auction.

The historic memo was sent just days before Hitler’s death to one of his favourite commanders, Ferdinand Schörner, who had urged him to flee the besieged capital of the German Third Reich, reports The Mirror.

It states: “I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in honourable fashion, in the decisive battle for Germany, and to set a good example to all those remaining.

“I believe that in this way I shall be rendering Germany the best service.

“For the rest of you, every effort must be made to win the struggle for Berlin. You can there help decisively, by pushing northwards as early as possible.”

© ALEXANDER HISTORICAL AUCTIONS/HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX The notes left by Hitler are estimated to go up to £70,000 at auction

Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland, US, which is auctioning the item, said the item was ‘as unique as it gets’.

Company president Bill Panagopulos said: “There is no other written evidence of Hitler declaring his intention to remain (and die) in Berlin that anyone has been able to locate.

“This is essentially Hitler’s ‘suicide note’.

“In it, he tries to portray himself as a valiant leader of his men until the end, when in actuality he shuffled into his bedroom and fired a bullet into his head.”

© ALEXANDER HISTORICAL AUCTIONS/HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX Alexander Historical Auctions shows a transcript of a telegram written by general field marshal Ferdinand Schörner, pleading the Fuehrer to escape

© ALEXANDER HISTORICAL AUCTIONS/HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX

The lot also includes Hitler’s transcript of the letter from Schörner, pleading with him to escape.

“I should like to ask you, at this grave hour, to leave Berlin and to assume command from the southern sector,” wrote Schörner.

“If you fell, Germany would also. Millions of Germans await the opportunity to build up Germany once again, with you.”

Mr. Panagopulos said: “He was a favorite of Hitler, and was a devoted underling, and most certainly wanted Hitler to get out of Berlin. Hitler, on the other hand, was in an impossible position.

“At the afternoon situation conference two days earlier, Hitler suffered a total nervous collapse when he was informed that the orders to move to the rescue of Berlin had not been obeyed.

“Hitler launched a tirade against the treachery and incompetence of his commanders; his outburst culminated in a declaration – for the first time – that the war was lost.

“Hitler announced that he would stay in Berlin until the end.”

On April 26, two days after Hitler sent his reply to Schörner, the Nazi leader was offered a last chance to fly out of Berlin, which he declined.

“He may have hoped that by some miracle Schörner would push north from Czechoslovakia and relieve Berlin, but I’m sure both of them knew that was an impossibility,” said Mr. Panagopulos.

“His defensive forces were collapsing all around him and Russian shells were already landing nearby.”

Hitler and his longtime partner, Eva Braun, would commit suicide in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945.

In his last will and testament, Hitler promoted Schörner to commander-in-chief of the German army, succeeding himself.

Schörner would later abandon his post and flee to Austria, where he was arrested by American forces.

Following the war, he served time in Soviet and West German prisons before he was released in 1963, after which he moved to Munich where he died in obscurity in 1973.

The lot will be sold in a two-day auction running on April 30 and May 1.

It is expected to fetch between $60,000-$80,000 (£52,000- £70,000).

Source: msn news

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. What! just for a suicide note

  2. How the notes haven’t torn, is what I’m wondering?!

  3. Ezekwo Chinenye Josephine

    Nice article

  4. Egbuwalo Teniola Glory

    Hmmmm.. 32 million for suicide note….

  5. Really? Anyways provided it’s white people anything can happen, anything it’s posible.

  6. Lazarus Kelvin chidiebube

    People make money out of crazy things even rip off the dead

    1. Vanity upon vanity

  7. Chiekwe Blessing. N.

    This letter is expensive. What is the content self.

  8. Udogu Ogechi Victory

    Nice information

  9. I am yet to see why a dead man’s note is of this importance

  10. Omenuko Adaobi Promise

    So funny people will actually want to buy it

  11. This unbelievable

  12. Just a note with the amount of money
    Dibia Esther

  13. hail hitler

  14. This is really unbelievable.

  15. Micheal Nwazuloke

    Lol..this news shaa,funny people

  16. Ezeh vivian chinaecherem

    Unbeliveable!!!

  17. Iloegbunem Emily Ebele

    Just for a suicide note?? Hmm…

  18. Who him help?

  19. Ezedimbu uchenna Vivian

    Nawa oooo,abegi ,nonsense dey smell ..

  20. Emmanuella Ezeifeka

    Please I want to understand why someone would even want to keep the letter

  21. Igboachusi Jonathan

    And people would bid for it…

  22. how will someone buy such

  23. Wow

  24. They are always full of surprises

  25. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    Outrageous, Unbelievable tho…

  26. Okeke Chioma Onyinye

    It’s too expensive for just a suicide note

  27. Anagbogu Mary Ifeyinwa

    Too too expensive

  28. Enujekwute paschal

    hmmmmm

  29. for just letter… Hmmmmmm Nawa oo

  30. Arinzechi flourish

    Some people will spend money on that

  31. pls whats this??? Thank you, Next

  32. Ebulue Ruth Oluchi

    it’s too expensive

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