Treatise on eugenics by Nazi Dr. Mengele among documents to be auctioned off
Renowned auctioneers Alexander Autographs has uncovered an incredibly rare find: notorious Auschwitz death camp Dr. Josef Mengele's treatise on eugenics and euthanasia, written by him in 1960 while in hiding in Argentina. The document will be offered along with over 1,400 other lots of historic autographs at auction on January 20th and 21st commencing at 10:00 AM at the auction house's Stamford headquarters.
Mengele, who escaped capture until his death by drowning in 1979, proves himself an unrepentant racist. Ironically penned on over 180 pages in a children's zoological workbook, the unrepentant Nazi incredibly wavers between describing his rescue of a cow trapped in a mud bog, to demanding the extermination of "inferior morons". He claims: "We have to make sure that nature's suspended eradication will continue through human arrangements...the real problem is to define when human life is worth living and when it has to be eradicated...birth control can be done by sterilizing those with deficient genes...". Also included in the sale is a war-date letter written by Mengele while at Auschwitz to his wife looking forward to their "imaginary reunion" and hoping for a transfer to a "combat unit".
When asked if he felt any qualms about offering material signed by such despicable individuals, auction house president Bill Panagopulos replied: "Make no mistake about it – I have no sympathy for these monsters. My father's home town was wiped-out by the Nazis in a reprisal action. But it is of vital importance that such documents remain available as tangible evidence of the evil deeds of the past, as well as to provide further pieces of history's puzzle".
Also coming to the block will be a handwritten document signed by Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery in which Ike bets Monty five pounds that the "war with Germany will end before Xmas 1944". Of course, Eisenhower would lose his wager: Christmas, 1944 saw the bitterest fighting of the Battle of the Bulge!
Other militaria to be offered in the sale includes a signed photograph in silver presentation frame from Adolf Hitler to Gen. Gerd von Rundstedt, an original Hitler watercolor, a photo signed by George Patton to Eisenhower's chief aide, a letter from Erwin Rommel congratulating his Afrika Korps, rare New Orleans-made Confederate swords, a W. T. Sherman letter denying he had burned Atlanta, a Confederate naval commission, and much more.
As always, bidders can choose from all kinds of other historic autographs in all price ranges, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and dozens of other presidents, John Hancock, Mao Tse Tung, Hirohito, Napoleon, Ivan Pavlov, Walt Disney, Ferdinand & Isabella, Albert Einstein, Charles Lindbergh, Davey Crockett, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bat Masterson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Michael Jackson, and hundreds of others.
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