LEADER OF GERMANY'S SUBMARINE U-BOAT "WOLFPACKS" AND CHIEF OF GERMAN NAVY SUCCEEDS HITLER
"THE FUEHRER HAS NOMINATED ME AS HIS SUCCESSOR...." FIVE DAYS LATER, FUEHRER DÖNITZ ORDERED THE SURRENDER OF GERMANY TO GENERAL EISENHOWER
KARL DONITZ (1891-1980) Exceedingly rare signed typescript of his radio broadcast,"Karl Donitz", in English, probably signed for a military collector, one page, 8.5 x 11, of his "ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE GERMAN PEOPLE",May 1, 1945. In full: "The Fuehrer has nominated me as his successor. In full consciousness of my responsibility I therefore assume the leadership of the German people at this fateful hour. My first task is to save the German men and women from destruction by the advancing Bolshevist enemy. It is to serve this purpose alone that the military struggle continues, for as long as the British and Americans continue to impede the accomplishment of this task, we must continue to fight and defend ourselves against them. The British and the Americans in that case will not be fighting in the interests of their own peoples, but solely for the expansion of Bolshevism in Europe."
Grand Admiral Donitz played a major role in the naval history of WWII and succeded Adolf Hitler as the head of state of Germany. On May 7, 1945 he authorized the signing of the German instruments of surrender, the unconditional surrender demanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Troops, in Rheims, France. He was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg trials and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. After his release in 1956, he lived quietly in a village near Hamburg until his death. Donitz usually signed with his last name; a full signature is rare. Museum quality double matted in red and black. In fine condition.