Picture of Heinrich Himmler moments after suicide on sale – Telegraph   Leave a comment

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The previously unseen picture, captured by Lance Corporal Guy Adderley of British Intelligence in May 1945, shows the Nazi second-in-command lying dead after biting a cyanide pill, still wearing his trademark round glasses.

Himmler, who had been arrested by Army officers, was due to be interrogated over his war crimes the following day.

After his death, propaganda photographs of his corpse slumped on a makeshift bed were released. But Adderley kept this grainy photograph among his wartime mementoes.

Adderley’s family will sell the photograph at the auctioneer Dreweatt’s sale of militaria in Bristol on March 29, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

Malcolm Claridge, the auctioneer and militaria expert, said: “This is a very important and historic collection. Himmler was Hitler’s Reichsführer, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.

via Picture of Heinrich Himmler moments after suicide on sale – Telegraph.

Posted February 18, 2011 by dmacc502 in Nazi

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