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Third Reich Envelope with Heydrich Death Mask Stamp – Item 92399

Scarce Third Reich registered envelope dated 1943 with Hydrich death mask commemorative stamp. This stamp was issued on the 28th of May 1943, exactly one year and a day after the attack on Heydrich. Mint condition.

Note:  Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904 – 4 June 1942) was a high-ranking German Nazi official. He was SS-Obergruppenführer (General) and General der Polizei, chief of the Reich Main Security Office (including the SD, Gestapo and Kripo) and Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor (Deputy Reich-Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia. In August 1940, he was appointed and served as President of Interpol (the international law enforcement agency). Heydrich chaired the 1942 Wannsee Conference, which discussed plans for the deportation and extermination of all Jews in German-occupied territory. He was attacked by British-trained Czech agents on 27 May 1942 sent to assassinate him in Prague. He died approximately one week later due to his injuries. It was also rumored that he had some Jewish ancestry — his grandmother’s second husband had a Jewish-sounding surname — and these rumours were later used by Heydrich’s superiors in the Nazi Party to exercise a measure of control over him. Although ultimate responsibility for the Holocaust falls on Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, Heydrich was one of the main architects of the Holocaust during the first years of the war, only answering to, and taking orders from Hitler and Himmler in all matters that pertained to the deportation, imprisonment, and extermination of Jews. Most infamously in this respect, on 20 January 1942, Heydrich chaired the Wannsee Conference, at which he presented to the heads of a number of German Government departments a plan for the deportation and transporting of 11 million Jewish people from every country in Europe to be worked to death or killed outright in the East.

Price: £88

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