Offered for sale is a
RARE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, SIGNED BY THE LEADER OF SONDERKOMMANDO 4a
SS-STANDARTENFüHRER PAUL BLOBEL
SS-Standartenführer Paul Blobel is, together with Otto Ohlendorf, one of the most well-known leaders of the Einsatzgruppen and mainly responsible for the murder of Russian Jews. His Einsatzgruppe was responsible for the massacre of Babi Yar, where 35,000 Jews were murdered within 2 days.
In 1933 Blobel joined the police force in Düsseldorf. In June 1934 he was recruited into the SD Security Service. During World War II, following Operation Barbarossa, in June 1941 Blobel became the commanding officer of Sonderkommando 4a of Einsatzgruppe C, active in Reichskommissariat Ukraine. Both, Einsatzgruppen and the Order Police battalions were responsible for massacres of Jews behind the Wehrmacht lines in the Soviet Union. The murder campaign included all political and racial undesirables. In August 1941 Blobel was put in charge of creating a Nazi ghetto in Zhytomyr to enclose around 3,000 Jews who were murdered a month later. On 10 or 11 August 1941, Friedrich Jeckeln ordered him, on behalf of Adolf Hitler, to exterminate the entire Jewish population. On 22 August 1941, the Sonderkommando murdered Jewish women and children at Bila Tserkva with the consent of Field Marshal Walther von Reichenau, commander of the 6th Army. Blobel, in conjunction with Reichenau’s and Friedrich Jeckeln’s units, organized the Babi Yar massacre in late September 1941 in Kyiv, where 33,771 Jews were murdered. In November 1941, Blobel received and activated the first gas vans at Poltava. In June 1942 Blobel was contacted by Heinrich Müller, Chief of the Gestapo and secretly placed in charge of Sonderaktion 1005 with his official cover being SD Chief of the City of Nuremberg. This secret task of destroying the evidence of all Nazi atrocities in Eastern Europe beginning at Chelmno and continuing on to Sobibor Extermination Camp, Auschwitz, the camps in the Independent State of Croatia, the Baltic States, and eventually back to the site of the Babi Yar Massacre in the Ukraine. This entailed exhumation of mass graves, then incinerating the bodies. Blobel developed efficient disposal techniques such as alternating layers of bodies with firewood on a frame of iron rails. In October 1944 Blobel headed an anti-partisan group in Yugoslavia. Gitta Sereny related the conversation about Blobel she once had with one-time Chief of the Church Information Branch at the Reich Security Head Office, Albert Hartl: “Hartl had told me of a summer evening—that same hot summer in 1942—in Kyiv when he was invited to dine with the local Higher SS Police Chief and Brigadeführer, Max Thomas. A fellow guest, SS Colonel Paul Blobel, had driven him to the general’s weekend dacha. “At one moment—it was just getting dark,” said Hartl, “we were driving past a long ravine. I noticed strange movements of the earth. Clumps of earth rose into the air as if by their own propulsion—and there was smoke; it was like a low-toned volcano; as if there was burning lava just beneath the earth. Blobel laughed, made a gesture with his arm pointing back along the road and ahead, all along the ravine—the ravine of Babi Yar—and said, ‘Here lie my thirty-thousand Jews.'”
Up to 59,018 killings are attributable to Blobel, though during testimony he was alleged to have killed 10,000–15,000 people. He was later sentenced to death by the U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal in the Einsatzgruppen trial. He was hanged at Landsberg Prison on June 7, 1951. [source: Wikipedia]
The two documents that are offered here are 1) a temporary certificate that Blobel achieved the Golden Sports Badge, signed by an unknown SS-Unterscharführer and 2) a note, signed by Blobel (at the time – 1937 – still SS-Hauptsturmführer) and sent to the Personal-Kanzlei of the Reichsführer SS in which he announces that he achieved the golden sports badge.
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.
We also offer an original document signed by Paul Blobel’s successor as commanding officer of Sonderkommando 4a of Einsatzgruppe C, Dr. Erwin Weinmann, search for SKU # C-676
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