Hindenburg, Paul von
Letter signed, one page - with blind-embossed German Eagle, 8,25 x 11,75 inch, Berlin, 12.10.1933, in German, to Mr. Wilhelm Schierholz (senior civil servant of German National Railway) - Paul von Hindenburg thanks his correspondent for 40 years of service, signed as `Reichspräsident` (President of Germany) in blue ink "von Hindenburg", with light foxing to the lower edge, and puncher holes to the left edge - in fine condition. "Zur Feier des Tages, an dem Sie eine vierzigjährige Dienstzeit vollendet haben, spreche ich Ihnen meine besten Wünsche aus. Ich verbinde damit den Dank und die Anerkennung des Deutschen Reichs für die geleisteten treuen Dienste." Translated: "To celebrate the day on which you have completed forty years of service, I wish you all the best. I attach thereby the thanks and the acknowledgment of the German Reich for the rendered faithful services."
|Profession||Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician; second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934|
|Year of birth||1847|
|year of death||1934|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||8,25 x 11,75|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
|Expert comment||Letter from important historical time: Hindenburg agreed to appoint Hitler Chancellor of Germany in January 1933. Hindenburg did this to satisfy Hitler's demands that he should play a part in the Weimar Government, since Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party which had won the largest plurality in the November 1932 elections (no party achieved a majority). In February, he signed off on the Reichstag Fire Decree, which suspended various civil liberties, and in March he signed the Enabling Act of 1933, which gave Hitler's regime arbitrary powers.|