Fall Auction 2019 Sale 77
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(1892 - 1972) German field marshal, highly successful during the German campaigns in Poland and the Balkans, commanding the 98th Mountain Regiment. Fine content partly-printed D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p., n.d., Munich, ca 1963], Schorner's final farewell to his fellow veterans and friends following his release after years of imprisonment for war crimes. In part: "...With all my heart I thank my friends and comrades, who have stood by me and my children with unchanging loyalty and fearless courage...during the hard months after my return to my homeland. Today I have to beg your understanding, because at my doctor's advice, I have to retire to complete peace...in order to regain strength for the final battle for truth and justice. Psychologically Landsberg an Lech has been more bitter than the ten years of incarceration in Soviet jails..." Fine. Schörner was arrested in August 1951 by the Soviet authorities on charges of war crimes. In February 1952 the Military Board of the USSR Supreme Court sentenced him to 25 years of imprisonment. A decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in April 1952 reduced this sentence to 12 and a half years. A decree of December 1954 allowed him to be handed over to authorities of the German Democratic Republic, which allowed him to leave for West Germany in 1958. There he was arrested and charged with executions of German soldiers accused of desertion, found guilty and sentenced to four and a half years' jail, which he served. He was released in 1963 and lived in obscurity in Munich until his death in 1973.
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Minimum Bid: $80.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $246.00
Estimate: $160 - $250
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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