Offered for sale is this handwritten and signed letter by
SS-OBERGRUPPENFÜHRER BENNO MARTIN
SENT WHILE HE WAS IN PRISON IN 1947
Nazi SS Gestapo Chief Benno Martin signed and handwritten letter to a Meta Hoffmann. This was written during his time when he was imprisoned and accused of war crimes. It’s dated November 7, 1947 and at that time he was detained in Dachau, before transferred to Nuremberg. This letter along with others were found in his former home in Nürnberg recently during a house cleaning. Benno Martin was a Gestapo chief, SS-Obergruppenführer, General of the Waffen-SS and Police and Higher SS leader (Polizei und Höherer SS) in Nuremberg. He was also a member of the Nazi party, joining in 1933, (NSDAP no. 2-714-474) a year before joining the SS (SS no. 187-117) in Nazi era Germany. Martin fought in the German Imperial Army in the First World War, in which he was awarded the Iron Cross first and second class. After Germany’s defeat, he joined the Freikorps in 1919. He obtained his Juris doctorate after the war, and then joined the police department in Nuremberg in 1923. In the Nuremberg Police Department, Martin rose through the ranks to Chief of Police in Nuremberg. He was indicted and tried for complicity in the deportation of Franconian Jews to Auschwitz but was acquitted of the charges.
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