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Object ID

2012.1.384

Object Name

Letter

Date

8-1-1942

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Description

Typewritten letter on "Der Beauftragte des Führers für die Inspektion der HJ und Reichsleiter für die Jugenderziehung der NSDAP" with embossed eagle. Signed in green.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Baldur von Schirach (1907-1974) was the Nazi leader of the Hitler Youth and Gauleiter of Vienna. He was sentenced at Nuremberg to twenty years for war crimes. Typed letter on his official Hitler Youth letterhead, Berlin, to Heinrich Burkhardt whose son had recently been killed on the eastern front. It reads, in part: "As is reported to be today, your wife's son Willi, a young guide in Bann 333, Franconia area, was killed in the east on the field of honor... the Adolf Hitler Youth movement mourns with them... proud of a comrade that his service in theh ome and the front, but by necessary [fighting?] to the death... [he] was a role model to the Hitler Youth to preserve the memory of her son Willie and in true honor..."The Hitler Youth did at times go to the front in various capacities, and at war's end, they were brought directly into combat.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Heinrich Burkhardt, Reich Seal, Hitler youth, Berlin, convicted, Heinrich von Burkhardt, Valdur Schirach

Subcollection

1941-1943: Deportation & Extermination: Concentration Camps and Extermination Centers

Letter from Baldur von Schirach

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