Offered for sale is an
ORIGINAL 1938 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THE GESTAPO LEADER OF KATOWICE & VIENNA
SS-STANDARTENFüHRER DR. RUDOLF MILDNER
FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY
Offered for sale is this 1938 dated DIN A5 letter, signed by the SS-Standartenführer Dr. Rudolf Mildner. The letter originated in Munich, and he confirms the receipt of his promotion document as well as his SS membership book # 275741. He signed it in ink, together with his SS rank, which, in 1938 was still SS-Sturmbannführer.
Rudolf Mildner was an Austrian-German SS-Standartenführer. He served as the chief of the Gestapo at Katowice and was the head of the political department at Auschwitz concentration camp, conducting “third degree” methods of interrogation from March 1941 until September 1943. As such, he frequently sent prisoners to Auschwitz for incarceration or execution. He visited Auschwitz on several occasions. In December 1944, he was appointed chief of the SiPo, Gestapo and SD in Vienna. After the war, Mildner testified at the Nuremberg Trials and remained in custody until 1949.
He became a member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1931 with number 614,080. He achieved a Doctor of Law at the University of Innsbruck in 1934. In 1935 he was forced to leave Austria and move to Germany. There he became a German citizen and entered the SS (number 275,741). Milder obtained a position in the political police department in Munich. After the 1938 Anschluss, Mildner became chief of the Gestapo in Linz and in 1939 in Salzburg, Austria. From December 1939 to early 1941 he led the Gestapo at Chemnitz. In March 1941 he was named as the head of the Gestapo in Katowice. It was through this office that Mildner became connected with the Auschwitz concentration camp and served as head of a “kangaroo court”, which sentenced some 2,000 Poles to death. In September 1943, Mildner was transferred to occupied Denmark as Gestapo chief to fight the Danish resistance movement and organize the deportation of the Danish Jews. Mildner oversaw security in Denmark in 1943 when the deportation of the Jews failed. 95% of them succeeded in sailing safely to neutral Sweden. Mildner tried to regain status by participating in the killing of Danish playwright, priest and Nazi opponent Kaj Munk. However, the failure in deportation of the Danish Jews was held against Mildner and he was transferred out of Denmark in January 1944. He then served as Inspector of the SiPo and SD in Kassel.
From March 1944 to June 1944, he was Deputy Chief of sub-offices IVA and IVB (Enemies of the Regime & Activities of the Sects and Churches) in the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA). In December 1944, he was appointed the successor of Franz Josef Huber as chief of the SiPo, Gestapo and SD in Vienna. In this capacity, he was responsible for the court-martial and subsequent execution of resistance fighters Major Karl Biedermann, Captain Alfred Huth and First Lieutenant Rudolf Raschke, who had tried to save Vienna from destruction by handing the city over to the Allies. After Vienna was captured by the Soviets, Mildner returned to Linz where he was the deputy of Franz Josef Huber. In May 1945, he escaped to the west and was arrested by U.S. Army soldiers and testified at the Nuremberg Trials. The American army detained Mildner and “saved him from landing in the hands of war crimes investigators, because his knowledge of communist subversion was considered useful.”
At Nuremberg he testified with regards to RSHA chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Mildner declared that while he was Gestapo leader at Katowice he frequently sent prisoners to Auschwitz for imprisonment or execution. He visited Auschwitz on several occasions and was shown the extermination installations. Mildner stated that he had tried to prevent the Jewish persecution in Denmark but was overruled by Himmler. He was released in 1949 and disappeared to escape prosecution. According to A declassified CIA Report, Mildner was allowed to escape to South America. Adolf Eichmann claimed to have met Mildner in Argentina in 1958, but this claim has not been verified. The date and place of his death is unknown. [source: Wikipedia]
This item ships from one of our affiliates in Germany. It comes from a private collection and has never been offered for sale before. It was purchased directly out of a German archive. The seller gives a full money back guarantee for the authenticity of the document and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.