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article imageHeinrich Himmler's WW II postcards for sale

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 17, 2011 in World
Ludlow - A group of three postcards written by Heinrich Himmler - which were sent to his mother during World War ll - have been put on the auction block and will be sold today by Mullock's Auction House.
The correspondence between the "feared head of the Gestapo" and his aging mother "reveal Himmler to be a dutiful son, who kept in touch with his 'mummy' Anna throughout the war," the Telegraph reported.
The cards were part of a collection of documents seized from Himmler's holiday home in Germany by a US serviceman. They were mailed by Himmler from Norway, France and Italy as the German Army advanced across Europe during the Second World War, reports the Guardian.
Richard Westwood-Brookes, of Mullock's auctioneers in Ludlow, Shropshire, which is selling the postcards, said: "Himmler was a devout Catholic and his mother had a big influence over him in his upbringing. He kept in regular contact with his elderly mother during the war and judging by these postcards he was a bit of a mummy's boy. The messages are quite short and don't go into a lot of detail but the postcards clearly show Himmler was very thoughtful towards his mother."
Excerpts of Heinrich Himmler's postcards to his mother, Anna:
"I was in Rome for a day and have seen the exhibition. All the best, Heinrich. Heil Hitler." Rome – 2 December, 1932
"Dearest mother, Today I am sending you very warm greetings from Paris. I hope you are well. Your Heinrich." Paris – 17 June, 1940
"Dearest mother, I was in Oslo for three days and am on road to Trondheim. I am very well. All the best, love your Heinrich." Norway – 1 November, 1941
One of the three postcards shows a picture of Benito Mussolini and was sent from Rome, one was sent from Dombås in Norway, and a third is a picture of the Seine and was mailed within days of the Nazi takeover of France.
Other items being sold at the auction include a communion certificate that Himmler received at the age of 11, along with dozens of books. The items are being offered for sale Thursday, and will be sold individually. They are expected to sell for £40,000 (75,000 US).
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