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Object ID

2015.2.180

Object Name

Letter

Date

5-1-1940

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Front: Brown paper with illustrations of a soldier on a rocky terrain, a Swastika, and a man blowing a field. Message written in blue cursive.Back: Continuation of message in blue cursive. Writing in green, and circular handstamp.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Hand signed letter signed by Gauleiter of Frankonia Hans Zimmermann. 1940. On the letter sheet are the illustrations of a German soldier with hand grenade, and a German farmer. The document is stamped "National Socialist German Labor Party--Schlierstadt." Zimmerman, a German politician, joined the Nazi Party in 1930, and became Gauleiter in 1940 after Julius Streicher was suspended from the post. Translation: Schlierstadt in May 1940. Dear August! You have left the homeland and now fulfill your difficult duty as a soldier. You shoulder sacrifice and danger, so that we here in the homeland can live in peace. We thank you for your effort and your sacrifice. We are also solid and safe like you on the front lines. As you all far away in combat with the enemy, also we here in the homeland will fulfill our duty gladly and bravely and we will do your work here. We are proud of you and your glorious victories. So also you shall be proud of us. We will always be strong and brave, so our Führer (Hitler) can and will lead us to victory. We hope and pray that almighty God will bless our battle and that he will bring you soon back, healthy and as a victor to our fatherland. The whole Schlierstadt village is saluting you! Heil Hitler! Gauleiter Hans Zimmerman and the NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter of Schlierstadt, Ernst.

Dimensions

11 3/4 x 8"

Keywords

Gauleiter, Frankonia, German, Solider, Farmer, National Socialist German Labor Party, Schlierstadt, Hans Zimmerman

Subcollection

1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe

Hans Zimmermann Letter

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