Very Rare Signed Photograph of Adolf Hitler with his 1936 Olympic Team
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). Born in Austria. German army veteran of WWI. During the war’s end he became involved in art and was an extremist in politics in Munich. His ability to be a successful orator, he promoted a radical program based on anti-Semitism and anti-communism. Shortly after he was the leader of what is known as the Nazi Party. In 1923 with a small group of supporters he tried to seize power in what was called the “Beer Hall Putsch” but it was easily broken up by the police in Munich. Hitler was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In prison he wrote “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle). By 1930, the Nazis became the second largest party in the Reichstag. The 1936 Summer Olympic Games was held in Berlin. Nazi Germany won the bid over Barcelona. This was more than just a worldwide sporting event. It was a show of Nazi propaganda. For the first time in history of the modern Olympic Games, people in the U.S. and Europe called for a boycott of the games. The movement failed. The 49 nations who sent teams to the games legitimized the Hitler regime. With the conclusion of the games, Germany’s expansionist policies, the persecution of the Jews accelerated culminating in WWII and the Holocaust. Photograph signed adding “Olympischen 1936” in his hand. Photograph, B&W, measures approx. 4.25x6” of Hitler in a white suit wearing an armband with a swastika. He is totally surrounded by over 3 dozen members of the German Olympic Team and one German officer. In excellent condition, in original frame, sealed on verso just as purchased in Germany over 30 years ago. Adolf Hitler during the Olympic Games was on meth and cocaine. See video. The first signed photograph of this type we have seen......................................$6900.00
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