NS Rare Books
In True Friendship
Book – Maske und Gesicht (Mask and Face). Dedicated to Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler
DESCRIPTION: The subtitle suggests that the author Hans Johst traveled throughout Germany chronicling the information about spying, deceit, and murder by secret society's and organized groups based upon racial solidarity. Hans Johst was a German playwright and N.S. poet laureate. As a juvenile he planned to become a missionary and when he was 17 years old he worked as an auxiliary in a Bethel Institution. He studied art, medicine and philosophy. He served in the army from 1914-1918. His early works were influenced by expressionism. He wrote many famous plays including "Der an Front" and "Der König" (The King) and later turned to naturalist philosophy in plays such as "The money changers and traders" 1923 and "Thomas Paine" (the American Colonial patriot). In 1928, Johst joined Alfred Rosenberg’s "Kampfbund for Deutscher Kultur" which was a militant league formed to preserve German culture and to combat Jewish influence in German culture. In 1932 he joined the NSDAP explaining his agreement with Hitler's ideology in the essay Standpunkt und Fortschritt (Stand and Progress -1933). The greatest of his plays was Schlageter! It was a heroic biography of the patriotic hero and martyr Albert Leo Schlageter and was first performed on Hitler's 48th birthday on April 20th, 1933, to commemorate his political victory. It was a beautiful play that brought out the heroism of patriotic young men in the desperate years and graphically illustrated the utter barbarity of the French tyrannical occupation of the German Nation.
In 1933 Johst signed the Gelobnis Freuester Gefolgschaft, a declaration of Loyalty to Adolf Hitler that was expressed officially by pro N.S. writers; He became president of the German Writers Union and of the poetry academy. Johst achieved many other powerful positions of importance within the N.S. state. He was named in the ‘Gottbegnadeten’ list of September 1944 as one of the Reich’s most important artists. During the war he held various important positions within the SS and he was a very close friend and admirer of Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler to whom he dedicated the book Maske und Gesicht. After the war Johst was interned by the Allies and in 1949 he was tried for his activities ("writing plays"). He served 3 ½ years in prison sentenced by the nations that claimed to protect and love free speech and freedom of expression. The hypocrisy of the Americans is especially noted because they reserved 1st amendment rights to their citizens (Some Citizens!) But denied those rights to a playwright and author named Hans Johst. Another writer, whose claim to fame was writing, was Julius Streicher and he was sent to the gallows where he slowly strangled to death for over 20 minutes after being condemned for his writings (no more, no less!) Hooray for Justice no matter how criminal it might be.
The book is in very fine condition and has a very nice linen cover. In the opening page it says 'Für Heinrich Himmler in treuer Freundschaft.' (for Heinrich Himmler in true friendship). Johst must have been a very highly thought of friend of Himmler because he dedicated the book using only Himmler’s name and does not write out his title as Chief of the SS. This was always done by other writers dedicating books to the Reichsfuhrer. The book is very rare and is a true collectors find in this immaculate condition.
Presentation Mein Kampf Owned by The Führer (Item RAREBOOK 1-3; AH 26-9; SPECIAL ITEMS; MEIN KAMPF 1-3)
|DESCRIPTION: This utterly fantastic object d'art from the German Third Reich might be considered one of the finest and historically important articles found in the past dozen years. First, it was definitely a personal possession of Adolf Hitler and was in all probability a much-treasured one at that. Hitler was always cognizant of the importance of archiving and preserving the arts and crafts of the German people. This was ultimately germane and necessary to the ideology and agenda of the National Socialist mythos. This particular edition of Mein Kampf is specially decorated and adorned by artisans at the zenith of their craft. Why else would anyone present this Mein Kampfto the very author of the work? The immediate importance of this presentation was indeed the custom workmanship. The overall intricate, handmade, and very meaningful motif seems to personify the feelings, the expression, the stark realism of the proposed agendas of the "Thousand Year Reich." The publication, otherwise, is a quite normal volume of Hitler's book and that is where any recognizable identity ends, because the binding and the outer decor are a "presentment of high art in the craft of the silversmith" at the epitome. The company that produced the piece was Brunckhorst in the village of Buxtehude, and is signed this way. This art form was practiced quite uniquely by artisans there for over 1,000 years. They were noted for elegant armor and weapon appurtenances that they produced for the knights and nobility of many from a bygone age. Rare and exquisitely decorated Bibles and other religious regalia were by tradition and preference decorated by firms plying their trade in Buxtehude. It all began from very early times when this area was recognized as Der Stadt der Silberkunst—the city of silver art—and many a museum throughout the world will boast of treasured articles to include reliquary treasures encased in Buxtehude silver. Therefore it is only fitting and appropriate that a gift to the Führer of his own book would be bound with this town's memorable art form. The real specialty in silverwork that these artists had produced was the intricate filigree work that was part of almost every piece produced there. The lacy spider web of decoration has never quite been duplicated anywhere in the world and to this day remains the mark of the silversmiths of that tiny village. Buxtehude is found in the section of Germany that was designated as East Hannover. This was due to the Nazi zoning system known as the Gau, each administered by political leaders, overseers, and governed by a Gauleiter--a rank similar to a governor. The man who presented this magnificent gift to Adolf Hitler was Gauleiter Otto Telschow, who had been one of the Alte Kampfer or “Old Fighters,” faithful to the ideals and agenda of the N.S. movement as early as 1925, but earlier he had been deeply involved in nationalistic and anti-Semitic movements. He also had been very instrumental in virulent anticommunist activity. He came from an old aristocratic family of farmers which had served Frederick the Great, the illustrious King of Prussia. A cavalryman in World War I, he served until 1924 and then led Freikorps troops against the Spartacists (communists). Telschow was one of the earliest workers with the fledgling N.S.D.A.P. (Nazi Party), thus cementing an early personal and lifelong friendship with Hitler, who personally appointed him to the Gauleitership of East Hannover. Later he was further elevated in rank to the Prussian Council. He was the Gauleiter who enjoyed the closest friendship to all the German leaders. So then it occurs that on April 20, 1938 (Hitler's birthday), Otto Gauleiter Telschow presented this wonderful gift to his leader and Chancellor of the Third Reich. The entire volume is covered in red leather and then encased in silver, which is hand engraved and filigree decorated. Many configurations of ancient Germanic mythological and runic designs adorn its front, back, and spine. Each important symbol had deep meaning to Nordic and Teutonic saga, and had connotations to the overall historic mission of the "empire" that history has designated as the German Third Reich. Of all the Hitler possessions that have been found and ultimately archived, none seem to be quite as important as this particular item for all the reasons stated herein. As to archival value, the importance of the gift was immediately recognized upon its initial presentation. Inside the front cover there is a 3 x 5-inch file card which announces that this book was a gift from Gauleiter Otto Telschow of Gau East Hannover. This of course is in German and is then signed by hand across the typewritten statement by SS-Obersturmführer B. Woltz, who was known to have been the official caretaker and archivist for the German Reich's chancellor. Woltz signs in red pencil as having received this gift in good order to be added to the personal library of Hitler. Also to be perceived on this card is the handwriting of the American G.I. who had looted this book, then later trading it off for cigarettes to another looter (a Russian). He (the G.I.) does a rough translation of the above information by Woltz as he writes on the face of the card itself. The runic symbols that heavily adorn the outer cover include the Ty rune, the Hagel rune, the Seig rune, the Odel rune, the Lebensrune, and the Sinnzehn.The book measures 5 x 7 1/2 inches, the standard size of a normal Mein Kampf with a little added for the silver protrusion at the spine about 1 3/4 inches thick with a bit added for the silver. The book is very heavy with all that precious metal on it. This Hitler piece practically makes all others pale in significance. It must have surely been one of his favorite possessions in that it was his own book, but given by so close a friend and decorated in the high-art accomplishment of a company that lived up to every tradition of this the Imperium of German art and culture.
Signed Hitler Portrait 1940’s (Item RAREBOOK 1-4; AH 26-6)
DESCRIPTION: This is one of the prints that were sold by the Heinrich Hoffmann Studios in Berlin and Munich. It is a 9 ½" x 7" sketched portrait of the Fuhrer that is a wonderful accurate depiction. These portraits were from time to time signed by the Leader when he would be in the offices of Hoffmann. The only stipulation was that Hoffmann would never sell such a signed portrait but he would present them as gifts to the faithful and deserving. They were never to be sold! The picture is stamped on the back with Hoffmann’s copyright seal with his address and telephone number. We have done a close check on the signature and it passes all the tests required for an original Hitler signature. We have used, for authentication, the book “Leaders and Personalities of the Third Reich” by Charles Hamilton, Vol. 1. According to the book, Hitler’s signature changed through the years. Thus a 1940’s signature was far different than his signature in 1906 or 1923. The one that we offer would be like the one pictured on page 39 of the Hamilton book that was from the height of the Führer's political career, July 19, 1940. After 1944, his signature radically changed again. On page 43 of the book there is an enlargement of the signature and the crossovers mentioned are clearly visible on our offering. You can see where the ink of one stroke lies on top of another. Hitler signatures are rare today especially if the signature is on a picture.
The picture is in a frame that looks to be silver, but we cannot guarantee that. There is a cardboard piece that the picture was adhered to but not glued. The back of the picture is intact with absolutely no marks from affixing it to the cardboard. None! The back of the frame is covered in purple velvet and has a table stand device but also has a ring so it can be hung on the wall. Yes, this is a historical treasure but the consigner offers it at a very reasonable price. I suggest that you would move on this one rather quickly as it will not last on the site for long.
Rare “Gauleiter” Edition of Mein Kampf presented by Adolf Hitler to NS Leader Alfred Rosenberg (Item RAREBOOK 1-5; MEIN KAMPF 1-2; AH 28-1; PERS 5-1)
DESCRIPTION: Undoubtedly, this is one of the most luxurious books ever produced in the Third Reich. This is the so-called “Gauleiter” edition of Mein Kampf and is the singular most sought-after book from the period, and whenever one has been found in the past it has invariably brought a very-high price. Production numbers are not known, but the print run is presumably in the 50-edition range; most experts do agree that only 50 were ever produced. The book is an enormous 20 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches and weighs 40 pounds. It’s printed on white vellum with gold top, bottom, and side staining and replete with gold stamping on the front and spine. The book has closure with iron hinges.
One of the most unusual copies of this edition must surely be the copy currently held at the Huntington Library in California. That one is inscribed on its cover and was presented to the library by General George Patton on June 11, 1945, six months before General “Wild Bill” Donovan ordered his OSS team to assassinate Patton in the name of “national security.” Exactly to which Third Reich luminary this copy originally belonged remains unclear. Patton told Huntington officials that one of his units had captured it near Weimar. A later version of its “capture” claimed it was part of Patton’s Berchtesgaden loot, although Berchtesgaden had not yet fallen when Patton signed the book on April 11, 1945. You can see in our image a snapshot of the general as he presents it to the library. Patton surely must have been a strong man; you can see him handling this huge 40-pound book as if it were a dime novel! The book remains in the Huntington Library to this day.
A variant copy of the rare book with a different eagle reposes in the Collinsville Historical Museum in Illinois as part of its library collection. The Library of Congress has a set of unbound, gigantic-lettered signatures. These may have been intended for a Gauleiter edition or for another project altogether? The fact is that there were 50 Gauleiters and Reichsleiters combined, and each received a copy of the book.
One of the most notable examples of one of these books actually being used is the photo that appeared in the September 11, 1939, edition of Life magazine. The picture shows a copy of the book on a special table display between two candles in Hermann Göring’s mansion, Carinhalle. The caption under the picture reads as follows: “A special edition of Mein Kampf presented to Göring by Hitler is displayed at ‘Karin Hall’ between two burning candles with a [statuette of Madonna] nearby.”*1
It is for sure that all of the copies were presented personally by Adolf Hitler or directly under his official auspices.
This leads us to relate to you that the one in our possession was presented to none other than Alfred Rosenberg, the National Socialist ideologue and brilliant writer. Perhaps no other Reichsleiter of NS Germany deserved this honor more than this remarkable man and literary genius. Inside the cover there is a dedication page (see image). The inscription reads: “To my faithful collaborator, Alfred Rosenberg, in recognition of his special services to Germany's cultural renewal, I dedicate this. The Author.” (vom Verfasser),and we all know who the author is!
No Third Reich book could possibly be considered as utterly rare or important as this edition of the words of Adolf Hitler and, considering the importance of this man, Alfred Rosenberg. This is a museum piece of extraordinary value vastly exceeding the reasonable price we have set upon it.
Alfred Ernst Rosenberg (12 January 1893–16 October 1946) was an early and intellectually influential member of the National Socialist Party. Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart the brilliant playwright and the man referred to as Hitler’s mentor. Rosenberg later held several important posts in the N.S. government. He is considered one of the main authors of key National Socialist ideological creeds; including its racial theory, Lebensraum; abrogation of the Treaty of Versailles; and opposition to what the NS party considers degenerate modern art, as do I. He is also known for his rejection of orthodox Christianity as it is practiced and interpreted. He played an important role in the development of Positive Christianity, which he intended to be transitional to a new revised faith.
At the star-chamber Nuremberg trials he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death—as so many Christian martyrs have been in the past—and executed as a war criminal vis–à–vis Joan of Arc. This trial was notorious because almost all of the indictments were decreed and charged by ex post facto law. In other words, laws that never existed before and were suddenly invented to fit the murder exercises joined by the tribunal with the express purpose of bending to the murder lust of the victors with most of them knowing that their own countrymen had committed far greater crimes on a much larger scale in the war; especially the Soviets. In the case of Alfred Rosenberg and Julius Streicher they were basically executed (Murdered) because they wrote essays and books that were in modern terminology “politically incorrect.”
But, Germany was defeated and the war’s victors were free and anxious to murder anyone for any reason whatever, while dutifully obeying orders from those whom Queen Victoria’s colorful prime minister, Disraeli, had earlier and soundly identified as the “Hidden Hand! ” *2
Alfred Rosenberg—German Patriot
Alfred Rosenberg was born to a family of Baltic Germans in 1893 in Revel in Estonia, then part of the Russian Empire. As a young man, he studied architecture and completed his Ph.D studies in 1917. During the Russian Revolution of 1917, he supported the counterrevolutionaries and of course later at the Nuremberg trials this was remembered by the Communist Russians and their fellow allied dupes, and this was later to be a death sentence in and of itself. Following the failure of the resistance movement, he emigrated to Germany in 1918. After arriving in Munich he contributed to Dietrich Eckart’s newspaper the Völkischer Beobachter, and we know he was also greatly influenced by Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s epic book The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, one of the key proto-NS works of racial hygiene and theory, and at this time his German and Western patriotic ideals led him to become vibrantly anti-Bolshevik.
Rosenberg became one of the earliest members of the German Workers’ Party (Later the National Socialist German Workers Party) joining in January 1919. (Adolf Hitler did not join until October 1919.) Rosenberg had also been a member of the Thule Society with Eckart. He also was a member of the Aufbau Vereinigung reconstruction organization, a conspiratorial association of white-Russian émigrés, which had a critical influence on the National Socialist Party policies. After the failed Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler was sent to Landsberg Prison and Rosenberg was made the leader of the NSDAP, a position he held until Hitler’s release. In 1929, Rosenberg founded the Militant League for German Culture. He became a Reichstag deputy in 1930 and published his book on racial theories, The Myth of the Twentieth Century, which deals with key issues in the National Socialist ideology such as the “Jewish question.” Rosenberg intended his book to be a sequel to Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s book cited above. The book was a great success and sold over a million copies by 1945 and remarkably sealed his fate. Rosenberg did manage to convince Hitler of the Communist threat that, by the way, is no less a threat today, especially in the United States where the far left is making giant strides toward absolute power because of the total apathy of the American people.
Rosenberg was appointed leader of the NS Party’s foreign political office in 1933, but played little practical part in the role. A visit to Britain that year was designed to reassure the British that the German government would not be a threat, and to encourage what should have been a natural link between two basically Aryan western nations of brothers; however, it was an notable abject failure for that hidden hand that Disraeli spoke of had already cast the fatal decision that Germany had to be destroyed!
Yes, Rosenberg built on the racial works of Arthur de Gobineau, Chamberlain, and the American eugenics of Madison Grant, as well, in addition to the beliefs of the man he held above all others—Adolf Hitler. He did, in fact, promote the Nordic theory which regarded the Germanic peoples as the “Herrenvolk” (The Master Race) * 3 as did our own Madison Grant! Rosenberg also opposed homosexuality and promoted extreme German nationalism just as so many Americans like Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy promoted patriotism for their nation. He rejected “churchology” and the concept of universality for original sin, at least for Germanics, who, he claimed on at least one occasion, were born noble, and, therefore, deserved the immortality of the soul. He believed that certain Christian teachings enfeebled a nation and its people. Following Chamberlain’s ideas, he condemned what he called “Negative Christianity” arguing instead for a Positive Christianity based on Chamberlain’s claim that Jesus was a member of the Indo-European Nordic resident in ancient Galilee, who struggled against Judaism and was compatible with the Nordic sense of the spiritual and the Nordic “blood-soul.” He fervently believed in connecting the individual to his racial nature.
His admiration and support for Martin Luther as a great and holy man of the true church was always very evident in his writings. Luther’s writings were sacrosanct in his estimation. In 1940, Rosenberg was made head of Hohe Schule, the center of national-socialistic ideological and educational research. Within this organization, he created a special task force for music with a mission to collect the best musical instruments and scores for use in a university to be built in Adolf Hitler’s home city of Linz, Austria. Following the invasion of Communist Russia, Rosenberg was appointed head of the Reich Ministry for the liberated eastern territories. He presented to Hitler his plan for the organization of the Eastern territories suggesting the establishment of new administrative districts to replace the previously Soviet controlled territories; this would be accomplished with new Reichkommissariat. Such suggestions were to encourage certain non-Communist nationalism and to promote Germanic interests for the benefit of future Aryan Generations in accord with the Geopolitical Lebensraum im Osten plans. They would provide a buffer against Soviet expansion in preparation for the total eradication of Communism and Bolshevism by decisive preemptive military action.
As NS Germany’s chief racial theorist, Rosenberg considered Slavs to be basically Aryan. He often complained to Himmler about the treatment of the occupied peoples. Because the invasion of the Soviet Union intended to bring about the New Order, German propaganda efforts designed to win over the Russian peoples were rather patchy and inconsistent. Alfred Rosenberg was one of the few among the NS hierarchy who advocated a policy designed to encourage anti-Communist actions and opinions. Amongst other measures Rosenberg issued a series of posters announcing the end of the Soviet Collective farms (kolkhoz). He also issued in 1942 an agrarian law annulling all Soviet legislation on farming, thus restoring the family farms that the people had held for generations.
There were numerous German armed forces posters asking for assistance in the “Bandenkrieg,” the war against the Soviet partisans who were murdering in the most gruesome manner German soldiers, and Russian farmers who cooperated with the Germans. Of course, Rosenberg at the star-chamber trials at Nuremberg was accused of carrying on an effective campaign against these vermin as if this was not necessary and militarily a sound decision. Certainly, again and again, the Germans were held to a very different standard of dispensing justice in warfare than the victors who performed in the same manner and most cases far more strict measures were applied. Rosenberg was captured by allied troops at the end of the war. He was tried at Nuremberg and, not surprisingly, found guilty of conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, planning and initiating and waging wars of aggression, and war crimes and crimes against humanity. All of these charges as we have pointed out earlier were classic examples of ex post facto law: laws that were especially construed and tailored by the tribunal and never were used in any legal precedent before. Throughout the trial it was agreed by the black-robed so-called judges that Rosenberg had a decisive role in shaping National Socialist philosophy and ideology and his book The Myth of the Twentieth Century was introduced into evidence constantly as if writing a book and having an opinion should be tantamount to the issue of a death sentence. His stated opposition to the horrid Versailles Treaty also seemed to be an indictment against him.
So, this brilliant man, a man apart, a destiny marcher, would now leave a grieving widow (Hedwig) and a beautiful little daughter (Irene) after being condemned to death and executed in a horribly gruesome manner by a tribunal of vastly inferior men and now would meet the rope of the American monster hangman Sgt. John Woods, who is rather busy at the moment being slowly turned on a spit in hell, while Alfred Rosenberg is busy writing more masterpieces in Walhalla!
Credit for photos and part of the text to Jeff Hanson who wrote a brilliant concise history of the various Mein Kampf variations published in the "Military Trader Journal" in 2008.
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*1 Göring’s home in the Schorfheide forest in East Prussia was in the German spelling (“Carinhalle”) not “Karin Hall.”
*2 Benjamin Disraeli said: “Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government being themselves controlled by the “Hidden Hand.” (He certainly could speak with believable authority, because he was a member of that particular evil group.)
*3 Rosenberg once said: “Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood conversely is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes, and thinkers, their inventors and artists.”
Book Mein Kampf, Deluxe Edition (Item RAREBOOK 1-6; AH 13-7; MEIN KAMPF 1-1)
|DESCRIPTION: Here is a two-volume set of Adolf Hitler famed book Mein Kampf, (My Struggle), 1939 edition, partially leather bound in practically mint condition. Published by the Central Printing Company of the NSDAP, Frz. Eher Nachf München. There are volumes one and two in an original book sleeve that they fit into. Ten percent of the cover at the spine is covered in rich, brown leather with 24k gold-embossed lettering. The rest of the cover is in the fine linen rag material that only the most important books of the Reich were constructed with. Volume 1 comprises 360 pages with great advertising for other NS books in the rear. This is possibly the greatest set of Mein Kampf ever distributed to the world’s anxious buyers second only to the Bible in copies sold. Here is your chance to achieve the very best and we at Germania are extremely proud to offer this magnificent set. It is quite rare–even the articles written by Jeff Hanson for the Military Advisor magazine in 2008 do not show this deluxe set of which only 20,000 were ever printed and sold throughout the Reich.
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