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Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Sat For Years in South Carolina Safe

Image: Alexander Historical Auctions

According to the Washington Post, a telegram that changed the course of World War II and prompted Adolf Hitler to commit suicide was recently sold at auction. The document sat in a safe in South Carolina for years, allegedly due to the original owner's inability to read German and failure to consult with a historian or obtain a translation that might have emphasized its historical importance. The telegram, written to Adolf Hitler by Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering, sold at auction for $55,000.

Read the history of the document changing hands, learn how the issue of true ownership is clouded, and see the translated text of the telegram here. 


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