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  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence
  • Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence

Item: G45747

Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence

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Germany, NSDAP. A Pigmyphone from the Estate of Arthur Seyss-Inquart, with Family Correspondence

(Pigmyphone mit Korrespondenz). A Pigmyphone (children’s gramophone) belonging to Dorothea Seyss-Inquart, daughter of SS-Obergruppenführer Arthur Seyss-Inquart, constructed of a two-piece wooden casing with a faux maroon leather exterior liner, one side bearing dual metal loops accommodating a maroon leather handle, opening with dual functional metal hinges and a metal snap button, the interior featuring a collapsable stand which locks in place to hold the case open when in use, with a turntable constructed of a metal frame with a padded record base, emanating from the table are a swivel clip with a cloth stopper securing the table in place when not in use, as well as an adjustable dial for speed control, the back of the interior features a wooden cases from which extends a swivel metal arm with an original needle, as well as a compartment holding a functional removable crank, the lid features a hidden compartment secured in place by dual magnetic metal swivel hooks, containing an RCA-labelled record with a recording of “LORE, LORE” performed by the band of SS-Standarte 44, measuring 250 mm in diameter, the lid of the case is maker marked “BING 3005” for the firm of Gebrüder Bing, measuring 280 mm (w) x 350 mm (l) x 135 mm (h), the crank mechanism functions and the pigmyphone appears in working order overall, but the record has a crack across its diameter and is no longer functional, in overall near extremely fine condition.

 

Also includes a lot of personal correspondence retrieved from the estate of the Seyss-Inquart family, including a handwritten letter from SS-Obergruppenführer Arthur Seyss-Inquart’s daughter Dorothea “Dorli” Seyss-Inquart to her mother Gertude, dated 10 May 1943 and sending best wishes for Mother’s Day, measuring 155 mm (w) x 200 mm (h), with a central folding crease and minor soiling evident, in overall near extremely fine condition.

 

A second letter from Dorothrea to Gertrud, extending gratitude for a package received and updating her on life in Sterbsel (near Eindhoven), dated 6 July 1943, measuring 175 mm (w) x 275 mm (h), including its original envelope, addressed to “FRAU SEYSS-INQUART, DEN HAAG”, measuring 184 mm (w) x 98 mm (h), also accompanied by a folded piece of lined paper, the exterior bearing a handwritten inscription of “VERGISSMEINNICHT AUS AACHEN” (“FORGET-ME-NOT FROM AACHEN”), with a small dried flower inside, in overall extremely fine condition.

 

A third letter from Dorothea to Gertrud, expressing gratitude for a package received in Sterbsel, dated 12 July 1943, written inside an integrated Dutch envelope, measuring 180 mm (w) x 275 mm (h) when unfolded, in extremely fine condition.

 

A fourth letter from Dorothea to Gertude, inquiring whether a package the former forwarded to the latter arrived, undated written inside and integrated Dutch envelope, measuring 180 mm (w) x 275 mm (h) when unfolded, in extremely fine condition.

 

A receipt named to Gertrud Seyss-Inquart, dated 13 October 1943 and issued in The Hague, issued for a fur cape purchased from Walter Hübner in Amsterdam, consisting of two sheets stapled together with a total size of 225 mm (w) x 205 mm (h), with some soiling evident, in overall better than very fine condition.

 

A second receipt, undated and to an unknown recipient in Vienna, measuring 194 mm (w) x 135 mm (h), with some tearing and soiling evident, in overall very fine condition, and; a postwar affirmation that Gertrud Seyss-Inquart has been billeted in the town of Mattsee, Austria, and is not permitted to leave the municipality under any circumstances, dated 25 October 1945 and signed by the local Gendarmerie commandant, measuring 206 mm (w) x 184 mm (h), with several folding creases evident, in overall near extremely fine condition.

 

Footnote: Arthur Seyß-Inquart was born on July 22, 1892 in the village of Stannern (present-day Stonařov, southern Czech Republic) near the town of Iglau (Jihlava). This was a German speaking community within a Czech dominated area in Moravia, at the time part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The family moved to Vienna in 1907.

 

Seyß-Inquart began to study law at the university of Vienna, and earned his degree during the First War in 1917 while recovering from being wounded. As a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army he saw action in Russia, Romania, and Italy. He received several bravery decorations and at the end of the war held the rank of Oberleutnant (first lieutenant). 

 

After the war, Seyß-Inquart developed close ties with several right wing and fascist organisations, among them the Vaterländische Front (Fatherland Front). He became a successful lawyer and had his own practice since 1921. In 1933, Seyß-Inquart went into Austrian politics and joined the cabinet of chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß.

 

Through growing influence and support by non other than A.H. himself, Seyß-Inquart eventually became Austrian Minister of the Interior in February of 1938. With the looming annexation of Austria by Germany in March of the same year, Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg stepped down. Seyß-Inquart was chosen as his successor due to immense pressure applied on the Austrian government by the NSDAP. 

 

He served in this position for less than two days, until the Anschluss was completed. Seyß-Inquart signed the documents that legalised the annexation of Austria by Germany. After his office had ceased to exist, he was named Reichsstatthalter (Reich Governor) of the Ostmark, the newly created province that Austria had become as part of Greater Germany. 

 

Being a fanatical anti-Semite, Seyß-Inquart almost immediately ordered the confiscation of Jewish property and had the Austrian Jews sent to concentration camps. He received the honorary SS rank of Gruppenführer in May of 1939, and would go on to become an SS-Obergruppenführer in 1941.

 

After the attack on Poland at the beginning of the Second War, Seyß-Inquart was named deputy to Hans Frank, the General Governor of occupied Poland. He supported Frank in the deportation of Polish Jews. Seyß-Inquart was also aware of the systematic murder of Polish intellectuals by the German secret service “Abwehr”.

 

In May of 1940, A.H. named Seyß-Inquart Reich Commissioner of the Netherlands. His policies concerning the Dutch Jews were no different than his policies had been concerning the Jews in Austria and Poland, in that they were ousted from governmental, and leading press and industry positions, their property seized, before being sent to concentration camps. Of the 140,000 Jews that were registered in the Netherlands in 1941, only 30,000 survived the war.

 

During his reign of terror, Seyß-Inquart also authorized the execution of at least 800 people, ranging from political prisoners to resistance fighters. At the end of the war, he was arrested by Allied forces and became one of the 24 defendants during the Nuremberg trials against the major war criminals. Seyß-Inquart was found guilty in three out of four charges and executed by hanging on October 16, 1946.

 

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