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Grouping of Four Waffen-SS Photo Albums (No. One) (Item WAF 3-1)

DESCRIPTION: The is a fantastic grouping of four photo albums that were the property of Waffen-SS Haupsturmführer Ludwig Henrich, who was a company chief of the Waffen-SS and was a captain in the Schutzpolizei. He was born November 11, 1914, and fell in action February 14, 1943. At that time he was attached to the SS-Wachbataillon Nordwest ABT. II A2. It appears that he lost his life in the English low-level aerial assault in Holland. The pictures in these albums poignantly illustrate the illustrious career of the Hauptsturmführer. Papers from archives that are copies that are none to clear show that in 1934 he was classified as SS ANW in the SS-Standarte Deutschland Verfegungstruppe. In 1937, he was a cadet in the SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig and was promoted to Standarten Oberjunker. We can’t make out the year, but later he entered the Ordnungspolizei as a lieutenant and later was promoted to Oberleutnant in the Order Police. With this offering we have several pages from a textbook that explains details about the Wach Werbande der Waffen-SS Berlin. This was later referred to as the SS-Wacht Bataillon LSSAH (Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler) and this was the unit the Ludwig Henrich belonged to as a Hauptsturmführer. In the four albums one can follow Henrich’s career in the Allgemeine-SS, Waffen-SS, and police right up to the sad time of his death and funeral. In the first album it is evident that he was a proud and sharp Allgemeine enlisted man, then, later, an officer in the SS-Standarte Deutshland at Braunschweig. In 1934-1935, during this time, he also served his time in the German Arbeits Dienst (Labor Corps) and was enrolled as a cadet at Hemmelburg and here one can see in album number 1 pictures of his training, comrades, tours on leave, girlfriends, maneuvers, drills, and the beaming, handsome recruit in his wonderful black uniform with his comrades in like dress. In the front cover of this album is a completely candid snapshot of none other than Julius Schreck, who was the first commander in chief of the Schutzstaffel of the SS. He was a very close friend and confidant of Adolf Hitler. He was the leading founder of the SA and, later, with Emil Maurice, he founded a new bodyguard unit for the Führer that was known as the Stabswache. The small group later became the Schutzstaffel and Schreck was SS member # 5. He became the first Reichsführer-SS. He stood down from this in 1926, but remained on the SS rolls and served as Hitler’s private chauffer. His final rank was SS-Oberführer. Because Henrich was able to get this close with his Leica to capture this image of such an important man means that even as a cadet recruit he was trusted and helped by his superior officer to obtain what must have been a treasured picture at that time. There are 177 pictures in the album. A few are of various scenes of places he visited in Germany, but for the most part they are pictures in uniform. Some, as you can see, are little snapshots. Some of them are small, but with much great and important content. This 10 x 8-inch album is covered in a heavy, linen binding typical of 1930s photo albums. The last two pictures show the Allgemeine soldiers on the march and below it the transformation as Waffen-SS soldiers march, and it says at the top, “May 1937, Braunschweig” and this was as we noted when Ludwig went to the SS-Junkerschule at Braunschweig and the saga continues in album number 2.

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SS Photo Album (No. Two) (Item WAF 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: Album number 2 begins with Ludwig Henrich still dressed in black as he begins his service with the SS-Junkerschule in Braunschweig. In this album there are abut 95 pictures in various sizes that are NS, police, and uniform connected. This includes candid pictures of Hitler and Himmler at various occasions and the NSDAP Parade of 2000 Years of German Culture that was held to celebrate the opening of the Haus der Deutschen Kunst in Munich. There are 104 pictures that are miscellaneous shots taken on vacations throughout Germany, family group pictures, baby pictures, mountain scenery, monuments, grandmothers and grandfathers, etc. There are about 200 pictures from this man’s precious life that go to make up one of the finest historical groups we have ever seen. Also, in this first album, there is a card announcing the marriage of Ludwig Henrich Oberleutnant der Schutzpolizei and SS-Obersturmführer to Eva Henrich (born Klinz) on 30 December 1940, in Leipzig. There is also a menu card for the reception dinner at the Hotel Fürstenhof in Leipzig also on 30 December 1940. There are pictures of the wedding couple with their families. The last picture in this album is a rare candid picture of the Führer himself in his command Mercedes with five Waffen-SS and police officers. The caption says it is taken in Breisach.

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SS Photo Album (No. Three) (Item WAF 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: Album number 3 is a pictorial history of Henrich’s service with the Ordnungspolizei from his time at the Führerschule to his trip to Italy with his comrades to work with the Italian Fascist police officials. Many meetings were held mostly dealing with various methodology having to do with handling the communist menace in Europe. This is a very special album with great and very historically important photos showing excursions he made to the Hartz Mountains and a visit to Göring’s mountain retreat with pictures of American bison that Göring cultivated. Most important of all is the trip to Italy with several large pictures of the police unit by the Italian (Victor Emanuel) National Monument. Some of these pictures are 5 x 7 inches and 9 x 7 inches. There are wonderful pictures of the officers inspecting sites of the Roman antiquity, churches, monuments, the Coliseum, the Englesburg, ancient temples, the Vatican, museums, etc. Many pictures are with Italian colleagues and officials. There’s a visit to the Rome zoo, a swimming experience on an Italian beach. He visits Napoli and sees more antiquity. There is a picture of Mount Vesuvius smoking away. He visits Pompeii and the Palace of Hadrian and much more. There is a great large 9 ½ x 7 picture of the police officers enjoying an outdoor picnic-style meal in Tivoli in the Gasthuas of Sybille and latter they meet with Italians at Hotel Roma. There is a picture of the Hall of Orgagna in Florence that looks the spitting image of the Feldherrenhalle in Munich.

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SS Photo Album (No. Four) (Item WAF 3-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here are pictures from the time when Henrich went to Amersfoort in Holland, where he met his hero’s death. This field headquarters of the Leibstandarte Waffen-SS battalion was commanded by SS-Gruppenführer Demelhuber, 1926-1988. This officer served in the Netherlands location from June 1942 to November 1944 and there are several fine pictures of him while reviewing the soldiers of the battalion. Most of the pictures are marked SS-Bilder S. Fritz on the back. A few shots are devoted to Anka, the German Shepherd mascot of the regiment with the men and a picture of him alone. There are 38 pictures in this album all featuring wonderful uniform images and unfortunately the funeral of the men (including Ludwig Henrich) and the other victims of the horrible fratricide of the RAF fighter planes. No doubt the widow put these pictures together in this the final album. There is an original document (an order) called a Batallons Sonderbefehl signed by the SS-Hauptsturmführer and battalion commander. Henrich is said by his commander to have remained true to his oath onto death. He was buried Friday, February 12th. The document lists the six pallbearers who will carry the casket. There is also a death card that was issued in Leipzig in March 1943 from his wife Eva and klein Gerrit (little Gerrit). Together with his relatives they give notice of their love and remembrance of this our beloved husband and the best father. The last two pages in the album include two great pictures of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in den Haag Mai 1942. The pictures and text, the notices, all form to relate a very compelling story. This young soldier, husband, father, who served leader and fatherland faithfully and diligently. He cut a fine and noble figure. His interest in archeology and culture depict him clearly as an alpha being. His eyes saw the last of the attempts of the west to dominate the European lands for the German people and the Aryan race. He died while serving these objectives as the idea also died and Europe looks to a bleak future in the new world order. History is a continuum and the empire of Rome fell at the hands of barbarians because nobility was sacked for the pleasures of comfort and liberalism. The young legionnaires, who laid down their precious lives for the empire, never knew how they were betrayed and they now live in the “Elysian Fields” just as this SS-Hauptsturmführer resides in heaven or “Walhalla.” This is the best assemblage of an SS saga in pictures we have ever encountered.

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