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article imageFrench WWII veteran benefits from sale of Hitler's photo albums

By Anne Sewell     Nov 23, 2013 in World
La Roche-sur-yon - Paul Gerbi, 92, made over €10,000 on Friday by selling four photo albums he took from the mountain retreat of Adolf Hitler towards the end of World War II. He had kept them as a "souvenir," but has now made a good sale.
The photo albums were sold on auction in La Roche-sur-Yon in France on Friday, all to a single buyer, who paid in total €10,100 ($13,700) for the booty.
Reportedly the albums contained photo and messages of admiration, which had been presented to Hitler by supporters during the 1930s and early 1940s. Both albums were bound in red leather and emblazoned with the Reich eagle on the cover.
Gerbi, who fought as a sergeant in General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division, told AFP that he took the four items from the library at Hitler's mansion, the Berghof, in Berchtesgaden in the southern state of Bavaria when he arrived there on May 4, 1945, just four days before Hitler's suicide in Berlin and the end of the war.
Besides taking the souvenirs, Gerbi said that during the two days they spent there, they also enjoyed sampling the "large number of excellent French wines" in the house.
Gerbi said, "We were the first ... The Americans arrived a bit later."
"For us these are great memories because to arrive at Hitler's place at the end of the war was great after all he had done."
He added that the proceeds of the sale will make a nice gift for his grandchildren, saying:
"My children did not want the albums, so I thought I might get something for them. I have lots of friends who sold stuff, especially after the war."
And no doubt they will be happy with the proceeds.
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