Auction 102

Lot 353:


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Two historical relics recovered by a local resident from Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat the Berghof at Obersalzberg and the ‘Fuhrersperrgebiet’ (Security Zone). The first is a recovered piece of shrapnel from a bomb that destroyed Hitler’s Berghof at the end of the war, the second relic is a document from the SS-Commander Obersalzberg found inside the ‘command tunnel’ of Martin Bormann’s bunker at Obersalzberg. The included letter of provenance reads: ‘…the present bomb shrapnel was found by me personally in the summer of 1995 near the former grand staircase of Hitler’s Berghof on the Obersalzberg…the bomb fragment is a part of an aerial bomb with which Hitler’s Berghof was destroyed…The document ‘Empfangsschein’ [Receipt] was found during the filming of a documentary about the bunker of Reichsleiter Martin Bormann on the Obersalzberg. It was found in the ‘Command – Tunnel’ which was part of Bormann’s bunker and housed the Obersalzberg command center.’ Both items are mounted in a 10 x 10 inch shadow box with a photo of the destroyed Berghof as pictured in May 1945 and an interior photograph of the Command Center Obersalzberg. The irregular-shaped bomb shrapnel is 8.5 long x 1.5 inches in width. The document recovered in Bormann’s bunker is a receipt or ‘Empfangsschein’ stamped at the top ‘SS-Kommandant, Obersalzberg 15. Juli 1944’, it is signed in pencil at the bottom and dated 15.7.44., the size is approximately 4 x 5.5 inches, it has been carefully pieced together as it clearly shows that it was torn and shows loss of paper and toning after laying in a bunker for 50 years. This document and other items are illustrated in the included book ‘Inside Hitler’s Mountain – The untold story of the Eagle’s Nest and the Fuhrer’s secret headquarters.’ The book is a fascinating work about the history of the Obersalzberg.