Auction 102

Lot 86:

REINHARD HEYDRICH ASSASSIN WANTED POSTER

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Start price: $300

Estimated price: $600 - $1,200

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Rare German WWII ‘Wanted’ poster offering a reward of 100,000 Korunas for information about Miroslav Valcik. Valcik took part in Operation Anthropoid, i.e. in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, and the main architect of the Holocaust. Valcik was placed on look-out duty during the assassination, stationed 100 meters north of the main two assassins when Heydrich had been killed. In a later six-hour firefight with 750 SS soldiers, Valcik and four co-conspirators committed suicide in the crypt of a Prague church. German officials, filled with rage, sent fourteen members of his family to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, where they all perished. The poster itself refers to a ‘Miroslav’ Valcik’; this is likely an error by German officials. The poster is written in two languages, German and Czech, and features a black and white portrait of Valcik. Signed in print by the chief of the Gestapo in Prague, Dr. [Hans-Ulrich] Geschke, SS-Standartenfuhrer. Fold in the middle,18.5 x 12.5 inches.

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