Two of history's most important documents from World War II — a secret telegram detailing a Hitler "coup" and first word to Washington of the Nazi surrender — are heading to auction next week and could bring a combined $30,000.
"A most historic set of relics," said Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Md.
Panagopulos, previewing his sales to Secrets, said the two packages are the feature of his July 7-9 online sale of hundreds of historical artifacts at http://auctions.alexautographs.com/asp/cataloguesearch.asp.
One includes a teletype message, and accompanying paper tape, that was the Pentagon's first indication that Germany was surrendering. It is headlined "URGENT URGENT" and includes words from a radio broadcast about the surrender just minutes after Chancellor Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk spoke on the radio May 7, 1945.
"This highly-important lot consists of three original teletype print-outs and one teletype punch tape with printed text, all relating to the speech of Chancellor Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk announcing Germany's surrender to the world. His speech would force the Allies to declare the war in Europe has being ended, and it sparked massive celebrations around the world. As all military communications of every type sent to the U.S. were routed first through the War Department Message Center, this would be the first time any individual in the United States beyond Harry Truman would officially know that Germany had surrendered."
The second package is titled "The Goring Telegram," one of Nazi history's most important. In it, Nazi Party leader Hermann Göring told Adolf Hitler of his plans to take control of the government.Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com