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Kaiser Reich

Kaiser Reich

Kaiser Reich

Wehrmacht

(Das Heer)

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Wartime Log: A Chronicle from a German Prisoner of War (Item WEHR 35-1; RAREBOOK 2-24)

DESCRIPTION: This seems to be a booklet issued by the POW commission to German prisoners of war that they could use to record their memories of their incarceration. This book with linen cover measures 7 x 9½ x ½ inch thick. It is in immaculate condition and was obviously owned by a prisoner whose first name was Günther. It seems that in 1946, he was still a prisoner in an American POW camp. It opens with a piece of artwork with a sword and keys and the exclamation “Meine Erinnerungen” (My Memories). On the next page there is a long letter (full-page message) dated in 1946 from a comrade in “Läger 4” of the camp. Following this letter are several more from fellow prisoners. On page 13, there is a letter from Fritz Crutina. Fritz says to Günther: “Whenever you think back to Babenhausen, we hope you will remember these happy hours that we had in camp office ‘Hamburg’ and that they helped us to get on in these days; may we remember these happy days. Babenhausen September 3, 1946.” (Babenhausen was the camp that these men were interned in before being sent to America and was under the control of the 106th Infantry Division.) It seems that Günther was a POW in several camps in Germany before he was sent to the U.S. for confinement. Thank God he was not in any of the Rhine camps where IKE, with ugly malice aforethought, purposely changed the prisoner designation and in so doing doomed over a million German prisoners to a horrible death (starvation and lack of any shelter, whatsoever.) Do we still say: “I like IKE”? Below are some of the entries written in the log by POWs—other Deutsche Soldaten—who were with Günther in some of the camps.

Alfons Bartsch says: “May you find the friend that is worth living for; may you find the job for the one you created; may you be proud of your nation forever.” July 30, 1946.
“Respect and trust are the pillars of life. Without respect there can be no trust and without trust there is no love.” August 3, 1946 Helmut Kuhnert.
Erich Riegers says: “Memories are like a paradise in that they stay forever.”
Leopold Rost says: “If you want to be happy in life, help others to be happy, too. The joy of other people’s happiness returns to your heart.”
“Dear Günther, despite your forced removal from Germany, I am thankful that I found in you the best that I could find of a human being. The loss of my health is not a burden to me now. All the very best, your comrade, Gerd Verhoop." G.W. Verhoop Wassennaar (Holland), Lange Kekdam 80.

There are quite a few more letters from there to page 71. Then there is a color picture drawn by Günther introducing several pages of wonderful and humorous cartoons that are nothing short of professional. Folded within the pages is a special cartoon showing a boy playing a musical instrument, while his dog howls out the words of the little ditty. If this man were around today, he could be well paid by a magazine or newspaper as a major cartoonist; he was that good.

PRICE: $450.00

 

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German Victory Poster--WWII (Item WEHR 35-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a dramatic-looking poster that has the message “SIEG UM JEDEN PREIS” (translation: “Victory at all Costs”). The picture represents a proud and determined Wehrmacht soldier bearing the Reichskriegsfahne. The poster is very awesome to view with the mind having to realize that victory was after all not possible and in my mind, the forces of evil triumphed while supporting International Communism and Joseph Stalin. The poster is in very good condition, which shows some spotting in the red portion of the flag. It measures 34 inches long by 23 ½ inches wide. In the far bottom corner there are the letters and numbers “n. 7. (PLO 56).” There are no apparent tears or abrasions and the spotting does not appear on the soldier. This is one of a group of wartime posters that we purchased from a Russian dealer who claimed they were out of a captured enemy propaganda grouping in a Russian museum archive.

PRICE: $475.00

 

 

 

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