Documents revealing first word of Nazi surrender, Hitler coup, head to auction

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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

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.

From Alexander's online catalog:

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.