Nazi map sale en­rages dealer

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

AN AUC­TION­EER has de­fended the sale of a map drawn by Hitler’s per­sonal physi­cian and signed by four other Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp of­fi­cers.

The map, show­ing the 340-mile route from Dachau to Pader­born, in north Ger­many, fetched £190 at Wal­lis & Wal­lis auc­tion house in Lewes, Sus­sex, on Tues­day.

It was de­scribed by the com­pany as “fas­ci­nat­ing”, and formed part of a col­lec­tion of “Im­pe­rial Ger­man and Third Re­ich items”.

Se­nior part­ner Roy But­ler said the com­pany deals only with mil­i­tary items and of­ten auc­tions Nazi-re­lated pieces. He said buy­ers of such lots in­clude ma­jor mu­se­ums hop­ing to com­plete ex­hi­bi­tions on the Shoah.

But an­tiques dealer James Brown, who had en­listed Wal­lis & Wal­lis to auc­tion items in­clud­ing Ti­betan swords, has now with­drawn his lots in protest at the sale of the Nazi mem­o­ra­bilia.

“It was only when I looked at their cat­a­logue that I saw the map and I thought that what­ever the his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est, it just did not sit right with me,” he said.

“When it comes to th­ese sorts of peo­ple [con­cen­tra­tion camp doc­tors] you do not need to be Jewish to find this im­moral. A line has to be drawn some­where. They were not in the camps to help peo­ple.

“I find it of­fen­sive and I do not want to sell my items with them or be as­so­ci­ated with them.”

The map be­longed to the fam­ily of Lieu­tenant P Lim­brey of the Royal Scots Greys, the Bri­tish of­fi­cer who ac­com­pa­nied the Nazis to Pader­born in July 1946. The iden­tity of the new owner is not known.

It was drawn by Gen­eral Karl Brandt to help trans­port the Waf­fen SS of­fi­cers ahead of their trial for war crimes.

Brandt was the high­est med­i­cal of­fi­cer in the Nazi regime and mas­ter­minded the Third Re­ich’s so-called “euthana­sia” pro­gramme.

His fel­low cap­tives were Gen­eral Pro­fes­sor Karl Geb­hardt, Himm­ler’s per­sonal physi­cian; Colonel Doc­tor Fritz Fis­cher; Percy Tre­ite, chief doc­tor at Ravens­bruck con­cen­tra­tion camp; and Herta Ober­heuser, an­other Ravens­bruck doc­tor.

Brandt, Geb­hardt, Fis­cher and Ober­heuser were sub­se­quently put on trial at Nurem­berg. The first two were sen­tenced to death by hang­ing, the oth­ers to life im­pris­on­ment and 20 years’ im­pris­on­ment re­spec­tively.

Ober­heuser was re­leased in 1952 for good be­hav­iour and later be­came a fam­ily doc­tor in Ger­many. She died in 1978.

Tre­ite com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to death at the Ham­burg Ravens­bruck Tri­als.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble item. The Nazi of­fi­cers had sur­ren­dered to the Bri­tish army and had to be es­corted. The Bri­tish did not know how to get there so the Nazi of­fi­cer drew the map,” said Mr But­ler.

He said his com­pany sym­pa­thised with any­one who suf­fered at the hands of the Nazis.

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