The final telegram from Adolf Hitler, widely believed as the German leader’s “suicide note”, is soon going to go under the hammer along with a host of other World War II related items at an auction in the US. It is the only documented proof that the Nazi dictator decided to stay back in Germany at the end of the Second World War and go down with sinking ship without fleeing. In the note, the Fuhrer refuses to leave his bunker in Berlin as the Red Army closes in on the besieged German capital in April 1945. The telegram reads: “I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in an honorable fashion, in the decisive battle for Germany, and to set a good example to all those remaining. I believe that in this way I shall be rendering Germany the best service. For the rest of you, every effort must be made to win the struggle for Berlin. You can there help decisively, by pushing northwards as early as possible.” The letter was written a week before Hitler committed suicide, swallowing a cyanide pill and shooting himself in the head.
The telegram was sent to Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, Hitler’s most trusted and devoted underling, as a response to his plea to escape from Berlin and continue the war. The Field Marshal wrote: rote: “I should like – as your field marshal, and on behalf of all the brave soldiers, who are fighting for you, as well as those who have laid down their lives for you – to ask you, at this grave hour, to leave Berlin and to assume command…from the southern sector. You alone are the guarantee of the future continuance of the nation; from you alone, every German man takes his orders, as does the whole of the fine German armed forces – unconditionally. You alone are Germany…If you fell, Germany would also. Millions of Germans await the opportunity to build up Germany once again, with you.” Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner’s letter will also be auctioned in the same lot.
Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland, the US, which is auctioning the item, said the item was “as unique as it gets”. According to the company’s president Bill Panagopulos, “
“There is no other written evidence of Hitler declaring his intention to remain [and die] in Berlin that anyone has been able to locate. This is essentially Hitler’s ‘suicide note’. In it, he tries to portray himself as a valiant leader of his men until the end, when in actuality he shuffled into his bedroom and fired a bullet into his head.” The lot will be sold in a two-day auction running on April 30 and May 1, and Hitler’s suicide letter is expected to fetch close to $80,000.