Fall Auction 2019 Sale 77
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/19/2019
(1911 – 2010) German resistance member, a participant in the anti-Nazi opposition group the Kreisau Circle, with her husband, Helmuth James von Moltke. During World War II, her husband acted to subvert German human-rights abuses of people in territories occupied by Germany and became a founding member of the Kreisau Circle, whose members opposed the Nazis. The Nazi government executed her husband for treason, he having discussed with the Kreisau Circle group the prospects for a Germany based on moral and democratic principles that could develop after Hitler. Lot of two signed items includes a T.L.S., 1p. 4to., Berlin, Dec. 7, 1959 to a researcher. In part: "...I enclose the photograph. It is made in court during the trial...On 23rd January 1945 10 people were executed. Of these ten 8 were beheaded and 2 were hanged (none were shot)...From the attitude toward my husband I should say that he and his friend Haubach were hanged...our friend the prison chaplain...says in his little book...my husband was hanged..." Also present is a 9 x 7 in. photo of HELMUTH VON MOLTKE while on trial. On the verso, Freya von Moltke describes in German the image and her husband being sentenced to death because of "his position against National Socialism", also noting the date of his death. She also notes that he wrote to his sons: "...I fought my entire life against the narrow mindset and the brutality, the arrogance and disrespect of others, the intolerance...which is within the Germans and which is expressed through the National Socialist state..." Photo bears file holes along one edge, else fine. Two pieces.
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Minimum Bid: $70.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $172.20
Estimate: $140 - $200
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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