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This was taken at Himmler's Villa in Gmund on Tegernsee in 1935. Himmler at the center with his Daughter Gudron ,
SS General Wolff and  Karl Maria Wiligut at the right and the SS Leibstandarte Guards to the left. Behind the group is Frau Himmler.

 

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Himmler-Signed Album to Knight’s Cross Winner (Oak Leaves and Sword) (Item HH 3-1; SS 20-7)

DESCRIPTION: This photo album (one of a kind) was presented by the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler personally to a very famous general of the German Army. This man, Heersgeneral Hermann Breith, was already famous in 1939, although only a colonel at that time and most admired by Himmler; so much so that in April 1939, the SS chief invited him to take a tour through various SS facilities and to a banquet in his honor at the headquarters of Standarte “Germania.” Later, Breith was the commanding general of the III Panzer Gruppe-Breith. He commanded this elite Panzertruppe at the great tank battle of Kursk. He had been a hero of turbulent battles in WWI, also, where he had won the Knights’ Cross of the Hohenzollern House order. His medals and orders won the hard way are far to numerous to mention here, but it is important to know that he was the recipient of the WW-II Knight’s Cross with oak leaves and swords. Hermann Breith was born in Pirmissens Rheinland Pfalz in 1892 and died in Bavaria in 1964. He led his III Panzertruppe in the fierce battle on the Russian front from 1941 to 1944. The III Panzer Corps was actually formed in 1934 as the III Infantry Corps at headquarters in Berlin and later in Russia. It was called the Panzer Gruppe von Mackensen after the dashing Hussar hero of WWI fame. In June, it was officially entitled Generalkommando III Panzer Korps. It played an important role in the operations involving the capture of Kharkov and Rostov, but unfortunately suffered quite heavy losses. The corps was refitted in January/February 1944 and went on to fight in the defensive battle in the north Ukraine under 1st Panzerarmee in April/July and under IV PZ. Army in August. In October, it was attached to the 6th Army and took part in the defense of Hungary and in January of 1945 the bloodied corps was designated (Panzer) Gruppe Breith. After retreating out of Hungary under the Third Hungarian Army, it was attached once more to the 6th Army and fought the final phases of the war in the Alps. Heersgeneral Hermann Breith was certainly a commander extraordinaire. He was loved by his men, revered as a Teutonic hero in his fatherland, and respected by the leaders of the Third German Reich. That brings us back to his visit with Heinrich Himmler. The album does not have many photographs-11 in all-but the importance of them is extraordinary.

     No. 1: This is a photo of the Reichsführer leading a group of dignitaries along a row of buildings that could be the Allach workshops or the herbal gardens. Gen. Breith is among them, but for some reason is in civilian clothing.

     No. 2: Here, Breith (leaning) samples some of the specially prepared delicacies at the SS herbal gardens near Dachau.

     No. 3: Here Breith, walking with Himmler, inspects some of the prisoners at the Dachau K2.

     No. 4: Here the honored guests embark from special SS busses at the Allach porcelain factory.

     No. 5: Here they inspect some of the work being done at Allach.

     No. 6: Here we see Oberst Breith, now in uniform, with Himmler as the Reichsführer trains his binoculars on something; Breith just behind him. Is this a field exercise? Navy, SS, Luftwaffe, and army officers are present.

     No.7: This picture is not recognizable. The officers seem to be witnessing an exercise that includes flames and smoke.

     No. 8: Here is an excellent picture of Oberst Breith (rear of HH) inspecting Waffen-SS troops. Probably LAH.

     No. 9: A gala banquet at the headquarters of the Germania SS regiment. Behind the tables is the Grossewandtepich, the great tapestry by Elsie Seifert and Professor Obersturmbannführer-SS Carl Dieritsch. Oberst Breith sits at the head table beside H. Himmler. Allach candlesticks by Prof. Karner are on each table.

     No. 10: Here the guests enjoy a luncheon. Oberst Breith sits by an SS civilian dignitary with a white-jacketed LAH guard standing between them.

     No. 11: Cocktails are enjoyed by Oberst Breith (back to camera). Note the LAH guards

     No 12: In honor of the visit of Oberst Breith the orchestra of the Leibstandardte under the direction of SS-Hauptsurmführer Müller John performs a nighttime serenade. We can almost hear the strains of the Badenweiler.

The album is signed by hand by Himmler as Reichsführer-SS and of course dedicated to Oberst Breith in memory of his visit by the SS on 25 April 1939. In the back of the album is a paste-in label from the firm of Fredrich Ranz Bauer, who was Himmler’s personal photographer; as H. Hoffmann was to Adolf Hitler. The label says offices in Munich and Berlin and the address. Each picture has the obligatory thin rice paper over it so it may be preserved for history and it certainly is a prodigiously important historical object. The petite album measures 8 x 6 inches and is covered in the off-white linen material that all of the official albums were presented in. The SS runes are on the cover. Leather thongs hold the album in place. The condition is superlative for a 1939 album (almost mint). So we at Germania are very proud to accept this wonderful album on consignment from one of the best collections of Third Reich items in the world. This must be one of the most historically important relics we have ever offered for sale.

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Framed Himmler Certificate (Item HH 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the Erinnerung certificates that was presented under the authorization and auspices of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. The recipient was SS-Mann Wolfgang Holzstimmer and he was attached to the SS-Verfügungs-Truppe, the forerunner of the Waffen-SS from 12.3.38 to 14.6.40. The short time served indicates that he might have been given this sort of honorable discharge because of impairment or severe injury. The certificate is quite beautiful with what looks to be the actual signature of the commander of the particular unit that Holzstimmer was assigned to, and Himmler’s facsimile signature as Reichsführer. The symbols of the SS organization surround the writing with a great-looking SS eagle at the top. The document is beautifully framed and the former owner, who bought a set of the great genuine silver SS set from Germania, had the document framed along with the cap set. The combination looks great!, really great and this is a rare document and the cap set is as beautiful as scarce, as well. This would make a fantastic display in any good Third Reich collection.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Himmler-Signed Mein Kampf Edition to Fraulein Wolf (Item HH 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a great memento of the SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler. It is a copy of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, 1933 Edition. It is dedicated to a Fräulein Wolf. Could this be the daughter of Karl Wolf, Himmler’s adjutant and closest friend? The first page, as the book is opened, has a dedication to Fräulein Wolf, “Miss Wolf.” And it has a short sentence in standard Germanic script that says, "Heil Hitler, Im alter Verbundenheit--Ihr Heinrich Himmler," translated it says: "Heil Hitler, In honor of your cordial friendship--Heinrich Himmler," then the very recognizable Himmler Old German Teutonic Fraktur is to be seen. This writing and the signature is very recognizable as Himmler’s. The page itself seems to be glued in and this leads to several speculative suggestions; one of the first being that the page itself was given in separate and distinct order from the Reichsführer and, then, the Fräulein decided that a sacrosanct, almost-holy place, should be found to keep it. Where else but in Mein Kampf, which to many Germans was like a holy writ. Another theory is that the book was sent or turned over to Himmler’s offices and perhaps to Karl Wolf, himself, who may have had the paper signed and then glued it or had it glued inside the edition; speculative, but we have seen other examples of this being done. The theory is that even Himmler would not be bold enough to write on pages that say “Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf!” This would be an unforgivable indiscretion among the NSDAP and especially for the leader and paladin of the SS elite guards. In any case the dedication is very definitely real and unquestionable and this would be considered a prestigiously important volume and an H. Himmler item of extreme rarity. Karl Wolf, born May 13, 1900, died July 17, 1984, owned both classes of the Iron Cross in WWI, served bravely in the Freikorps as a company commander, studied law, joined the NSDAP and SS in 1931, commissioned SS-Sturmführer in February 1932, and was promoted to SS-Sturmhauptführer in 1933, became SS-Obersturmbannführer in January 1934. Himmler’s personal adjutant later being upgraded to the Chief of the Reichsführer’s personal staff. He was also a member of the Reichstag, promoted to SS-Grupenführer in 30 1937, he was chief of the personal staff (main office). On May 3, 1940, he became a Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS. Then he was promoted through several ranks and then to SS-Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen-SS, and in January 1942, he was Himmler’s liaison officer in Hitler’s headquarters. He was military governor for northern Italy and official representative for the Wehrmacht in Italy from August 1944 to May 1945. He was titular commander of the Italian SS-Italiensche No. 1. He was convicted of rather dubious charges and not arrested until 1962. He served a term in prison from 1964 to 1971 and died in Rosenheim on July 17, 1984. It is very probable and plausible that this Mein Kampf volume was indeed to General Wolf’s daughter, a rarity in any case.

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Authentic Heinrich Himmler Signature on a Document for a Jewish Marriage??? (Item HH 3-5)

DESCRIPTION: We are mostly baffled! This is a Jewish marriage certificate (original typed document) for the wedding of one Emil Fuchs Kaufmann to Julie Rudich, witnessed by Moritz and Alfred Bunzl in Vienna on February 14, 1935. They were married in the Israeli Kultusgemeinde (religious community) by Dr. Arthin Schwarz, the rabbi presiding. On the back of this document is a tax stamp that cost 80 groschen and is referred to in the front of the document and is dated 1937??? Now for the surprise. Under this, one can vaguely make out a circle with the “SS” eagle in it almost obliterated, but signed over this is the handwritten signature of none other than the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. The question is why was he signing this? Our best guess is that possible an arrest was made of one of these people in 1937 by the Gestapo or the SIPO and this was some sort of crucial evidence. I’m sure the Reichsführer was not one of the witnesses to the marriage or anything like that, but whatever might be the reason we may never know, but this is a very fascinating item and Himmler’s signature is correct and authentic. This document is probably more important than we can possibly deduce at this time.

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Document signed by Heinrich Himmler. This one has everything! (Item HH 3-6)

DESCRIPTION:
#1 From the Reichsführer’s office
#2 Nice early date; 69 years old
#3 The SS inner office section stamp that says “SS head office entrance”
# 4 To an important official the ministerial conductor in the Reichs Ministry of the Interior in Berlin
#5 Under “Heil Hitler” H. Himmler puts his initials “HH” in the typical way. He always did it in the ever-present green pencil
#6 Himmler’s full signature “H. Himmler” appears at the bottom of the letter. It is slightly faded out at the end, but still can be clearly seen. This is also in the green pencil. The document was framed years ago by a collector who thought he could embellish it by adding a little “SS” arm patch eagle that is a reproduction to the matting and a period original picture of the Reichsführer to the general presentation. It does have a nice look, overall. The document measures about 9 x 11 inches and is a bit frayed on the right side. It typically is hole punched to be added to a two-ring binder that was commonly used by archivists and bookkeepers in the Third Reich. The original Himmler picture is 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. The entire framing is 16 x 20 inches. This is obviously a great historical document with the rare original Heinrich Himmler signature.

PRICE: $1,750.00

 

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Heinrich Himmler’s Cufflinks (Item HH 3-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is the cased set of the personal cufflinks of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. They are engraved with ‘RF : HH.’ These are absolutely beautiful with some of the finest enamelwork we have ever seen. The area with the ‘RF : HH’ is surrounded by an enameled oval area. The links are in ‘950’ silver used in the Third Reich. The leather case is marked ‘R.F H.H.’ and with a silver-edged design. The case seems a little distressed from wear, but holding well. It is crafted in black with a slight mottled design. The inside of the case is in cream-colored felt. To us it looks like it may have been earlier than the links themselves. Could this have been a favored box that he had lettered to receive the magnificent cufflinks? Himmler was a man who was very concerned with family remembrances. This case may have been his father’s. We have had other Himmler items from his father that were preserved by the Reichsführer-SS. In any case, the cufflinks are superb and obviously genuine. The consigner says there is no provenance as such, but the quality speaks volumes and we agree. We do know that the consigner has been a collector for over 40 years and was the only person that we have ever heard of that used to go down a street knocking on doors and asking people if they had war relics and souvenirs that they would consider selling. He would first scope out the house to make an educated appraisal as to whether the house, the décor, etc., would indicate if there was a likelihood that the occupant was possibly of the WWII age group. Only then would he knock. Over the years we bought many fine and rare items from this man. When we asked him about what he remembered all he was able to recall was that the man who was in a U.S. airborne unit, 101st or 82nd??? said that the cufflinks were taken from a lakefront house in lower Bavaria and that house had belonged to Heinrich Himmler. This makes sense because the area would almost 99 percent be in Gmund on the shore of Tegernsee, where the Reichsführer-SS had a wonderful typical Bavarian estate. See our article on the Himmler Chairs at Item HH Great Chair.

PRICE:  WITHDRAWN BY CONSIGNOR

 

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Heinrich Himmler’s Cufflinks (Item HH 3-7a)

DESCRIPTION: The set above was withdrawn by the consigner, who sold them on his own for more than $8,000.00. These cufflinks were specialty ordered originally and custom made for the Reichsführer-SS Himmler by the master silversmith, Herr Franz Schnell of Halle on the Salle River in the 1930s. Himmler had practically everything that would be in silver (his favorite metal) made by this prestigious firm. When we bought Schnell’s entire stock of jewelry—it was hidden after the war—there were two sets of these magnificent cufflinks and two sets that Himmler had Schnell make for SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. If you would like to know more about Franz Schnell and how we acquired the collection go to our home page and see “About Our Rings and Silver Insignia.” Here is a convenient link to there. Rings that were approved by the SS’s inner-Reich departmental approval offices were in many instances the designs of Herr Schnell. The only difference between the set from the consigner above and the sets that were bought from Schnell and his son is that the ones from the shop were made from and stamped “925” silver, while the ones from the consigner were made from and marked “950.” This was the norm because improvement was a regular and often-applied feature in the shop of the master. If “950” was considered by Himmler, or to Schnell, to be too soft, then the next set made would be in the slightly tougher “925.” We are very proud to offer these extremely important cufflinks to you at a price reflecting the bargain that we got when we bought the great collection directly from Schnell and his son in Stuttgart.

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Himmler-signed Document Concerning Safe Passage for an Italian Jew (Item HH 3-8)

DESCRIPTION: This is a super rare and prodigiously important document that was personally signed by the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler under the auspices of the police president of Posen. This is contained with an eagle and swastika official stamp. The letter’s body refers to a Herr Samuel Kolzewski, who is under the protection of the Italian government, when living in his apartment in Posen (address). In the lower section there is a handwritten note about Kolzewski’s being of Jewish origin. The pass, or exception, is hand signed by Reichsführer-SS Himmler in the green pencil that he almost invariably used. At the top it indicates that the document was specifically sent to Himmler for final approval. The document is very nicely framed in an expensive and beautiful frame and professionally matted and frames a very sharp photograph of the Reichsführer. The frame measures 21 x 15 inches. The picture measures 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches and the actual document measures 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. This is possibly the ultimate in a Himmler document considering the revisionist perception that must be reached. It certainly dispels some of the orthodox teachings (think about it!). In any case, it is vastly historically important to the historian as well as the collector.

PRICE: $2,500.00

 

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Important Document Signed by Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler (Item HH 3-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is an official document from the office of the Reichsführer-SS and Chief of the German Police in the Reich Department of the Interior in Berlin dated June 17, 1941. It was received June 20, 1941, by the Reichsstatthalter in Vienna. It is marked “Schnellbrief” or urgent message, to the various Regierungs presidents in
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regarding regulations concerning traffic within the protectorate of Böhmen und Mähren, issues of recommendations by the authorities for local traffic, “My directive dated May 26, 1941 S I A B 6400 (new) 41-453-22 and my directive from May 26, 1941 S 11 B 2 (new) number 1551/41-543-22. My directive from May 26, 1941, S 11 B 2 new has to be corrected to the extent that it will omit Ansbach and replace with Furth and instead of traffic into the protectorate Böhmen and Mähren to be corrected to traffic in and through the protectorate.” The document bears the stamp and seal of the Reichsführer and the Ministry of the Interior and is signed by Dr. Hoffmann. Then Himmler stamps it and signs it with his typical green pencil. The document is in pristine condition with genuine hand signatures and official stamps. It’s professionally framed in a very fine, new fame that is very much like the frames of the time (Third Reich era). The framing is ultraproffesional, museum-type workmanship done with acid-free matting and non-glare glass. The frame measures 19 1/4 x 22 inches. The document is about 8 x 11 1/2 inches. The photograph of Himmler is about 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. This is an extremely rare document in a great presentation.

PRICE:   $2,350.00

 

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SECRET Directive from the Office of H. Himmler, signed in Hand (Item HH 3-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a fantastic Himmler document and is clearly marked “Geheim!”, for “SECRET.” It is an interdepartmental directive having to do with passport technicalities concerning persons and traffic from and to the Reich's protectorate Böhmen und Mähren from and to the Reich. All of this is under the auspices of the Chief of the Office for Travel. “Re: see my order from February 28, 1941 (numbers). In addition to my above directives I do decree that the chiefs of the appropriate offices in Breslau, Dresden, Ansbach, Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna are permitted to submit applications for travelers in the protectorate. The document bears the official seal (stamp) of the Reichsführer and Chief of the German police and the Ministry of the Interior. Near this stamp is the signature of Weintz, the official originating the order. Up near the top is the actual handwritten signature of Reichsführer Himmler and executed with the typical green pencil that he almost invariably used. Above his signature is the approval wording “Zur Einsicht RFSS.” This is a really rare document and secret directive. It’s professionally framed with acid-free matting and non-glare glass. The frame measures about 22 x 19 inches and its design is in keeping with the period frames in the Third Reich. The document is 8 x 11 inches and the picture is 5 1/4 x 7 inches. This is a very wonderful presentation and certainly historically important.

PRICE:    SOLD

 

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