In the Telegram of Germany’s capitulation, the head of the Third Reich reported that the act of unconditional surrender of Germany was signed and all hostilities will cease on May 9, 1945, reports The Guardian.
“This had to be done in order to prevent the destruction of some sections of the front, which was to happen in the nearest future, as well as to save as many German citizens as possible,” – read in the telegram.
According to historian Tom Lamb, previously such documents were either burned by the Germans themselves, or by the allied troops who fought against them. “So the fact that the document has survived is amazing,” – he said.
Von Greim received the telegram at 22:40 local time on May 8th. He fled from Germany to Prague, where he was arrested by the Americans. The telegram sent by Dönitz was found in his suitcase. After that, the Telegram of Germany’s capitulation fell into the hands of an American officer who questioned von Greim, and later it came into possession of a private collector. He put a telegram to the auction.
The starting price of the lot is 30 thousand dollars. The publication does not report when the auction will take place.
Before he committed a suicide on April 30, 1945, the Fuhrer of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler put together a political will. In it, he appointed Karl Dönitz to be his successor as the head of state and the supreme commander. During Nuremberg process Dönitz was sentenced to 10 years in prison for war crimes, in particular for the conduct of submarine warfare. He spent the rest of his life in West Germany. Dönitz died of a heart attack in 1980 at the age of 89.