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DOCUMENT SIGNED BY ONE OF THE KEY FIGURES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS
SS-OBERGRUPPENFÜHRER THEODOR EICKE
BY THE CHIEF OF THE RSHA AND A PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT OF THE HOLOCAUST
SS-GRUPPENFÜHRER REINHARD HEYDRICH
FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY
Theodor Eicke (17 October 1892 – 26 February 1943) was one of the key figures in the development of Nazi concentration camps. Eicke served as the second commandant of the Dachau concentration camp from June 1933 to July 1934, and together with his adjutant Michael Lippert, was one of the executioners of SA Chief Ernst Röhm during the Night of the Long Knives purge of 1934. He continued to expand and develop the concentration camp system and was the first Concentration Camps Inspector. In 1939, Eicke became commander of the SS Division Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS, leading the division during the Second World War on the Western and Eastern fronts. Eicke was killed on 26 February 1943, when his plane was shot down during the Third Battle of Kharkov.
SS-Gruppenführer und General der Polizei Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich was a principal architect of the Holocaust. He was chief of the Reich Security Main Office (including the Gestapo, Kripo, and SD). He was also Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor (Deputy/Acting Reich-Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia. He served as president of the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC, later known as Interpol) and chaired the January 1942 Wannsee Conference which formalized plans for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”—the deportation and genocide of all Jews in German-occupied Europe. Many historians regard Heydrich as the darkest figure within the Nazi regime; Adolf Hitler described him as “the man with the iron heart”. He was the founding head of the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service, SD), an intelligence organization charged with seeking out and neutralizing resistance to the Nazi Party via arrests, deportations, and murders. He helped organize Kristallnacht, a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938. The attacks were carried out by SA Stormtroopers and civilians and presaged the Holocaust. Upon his arrival in Prague, Heydrich sought to eliminate opposition to the Nazi occupation by suppressing Czech culture and deporting and executing members of the Czech resistance. He was directly responsible for the Einsatzgruppen, the special task forces that travelled in the wake of the German armies and murdered more than two million people by mass shooting and gassing, including 1.3 million Jews. Heydrich was mortally wounded in Prague on 27 May 1942 as a result of Operation Anthropoid. He was ambushed by a team of Czech and Slovak soldiers who had been sent by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile to kill the Reich-Protector; the team was trained by the British Special Operations Executive. Heydrich died from his injuries a week later. Nazi intelligence falsely linked the Czech and Slovak soldiers and resistance partisans to the villages of Lidice and Ležáky. Both villages were razed; the men and boys age 14 and above were shot, and all but a handful of the women and children were deported and killed in Nazi concentration camps. [source: Wikipedia]
The document (in A4 size) was sent by Eicke (on his official letterhead as the Inspector of the concentration camps) to Heydrich in his function as the head of the RSHA. The document is dated 18 July 1937and signed in ink by Eicke and Heydrich confirms the receipt with his signature and the document also bears the ‘Eingangsstempel’ of the SD Hauptamt. This is what is says, followed by the English translation:
Werter Gruppenführer Heydrich
Im Einvernehmen mit dem Reichsführer-SS wurde erwogen, das Unterstellungsverhältnis, das seit Dezember 1934 Gültigkeit besitzt, nur noch in Fragen der sicherheitspolizeilichen Arbeit im KL-Wesen aufrecht zu halten. Hier bliebe die Befehlsgewalt natürlich voll umfänglich beim Sicherheitshauptamt. In Fragen der Personalpolitik, Verwaltung und Finanzen sucht der Reichsführer-SS nach einer weitaus effizienteren Lösung, was Aufwand und Haushalt Ihres Hauptamtes entlasten würde. Die gute Zusammenarbeit beider Dienststellen, Geheimes Staatspolizeiamt und Inspektion der K.L. ist dadurch weder in Frage gestellt, noch wird seitens der I.K.L. der Versuch unternommen, in die sicherheitspolizeilichen Belange eingreifen zu wollen. In der Hoffnung bester gemeinsamer Zusammenarbeit der Dienststellen verbleibe ich mit Heil Hitler! Ihr Eicke
Dear Gruppenführer Heydrich
In agreement with the Reichsführer-SS (Himmler) it was considered to keep the rank order, which is valid since December of 1934, only in SiPo questions within the concentration camp structure. Here all orders would of course come from the Sicherheitshauptamt (Heydrich’s office). For questions regarding personnel, administration and finances the Reichsführer-SS is looking for a solution which would take a lot of burden and costs from your Hauptamt. The great cooperation between both offices, Gestapo (Heydrich) and Inspektion der KL (Eicke) is in no way questioned, and the Inspektion der KL office will never interfere with the work of the SiPo. In the hopes of the best possible cooperation of both offices I remain with Heil Hitler! Your Eicke
The document is in nice condition and the signatures are strong. 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.
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