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Third Reich Envelope Received by Rudolf Hess – Item 89512

Historically interesting envelop sent to the former Reichsminister Rudolf Hess whilst a prisoner of the British at Spandau Prison. Envelope from a Religious Mission in Halsingberg on 11.9.47. Envelope has been opened by British military censors as were all mail at the time sent to Hess. Good condition. An interesting item of Hess property.

Note:  On 10 May 1941, Hess made a solo flight to Scotland, where he hoped to arrange peace talks with the Duke of Hamilton, whom he believed to be a prominent opponent of the British government’s war policy. The British authorities arrested Hess immediately on his arrival and held him in custody until the end of the war, when he was returned to Germany to stand trial in the Nuremberg Trials of major war-criminals in 1946. During much of the trial, he claimed to be suffering from amnesia, but he later admitted this was a ruse. The Court convicted him of crimes against peace and of conspiracy with other German leaders to commit crimes. He served a life sentence in Spandau Prison; the Soviet Union blocked repeated attempts by family members and prominent politicians to win his early release. While still in custody in Spandau, he died by hanging himself in 1987 at the age of 93. After his death, the prison was demolished to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Price: £150

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