Interesting to see which one of Breitbart, Infowars or Fox News going to bid big on Hitler’s death phone. Perhaps it will be one of Donald, Bannon, Miller, Richard Spencer or Milo Yiannopoulos. I mean, they are not going to find a phone more important than this red Hitler Phone. On the other hand, Holocaust Museum might buy it for the historical significance – history comes in all shapes and sizes. As far as the story goes, Hitler’s death phone, used by the führer to place execution orders – especially of Jewish people is set to go under the hammer at Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland. And they expect the phone to fetch around $200,000-$300,000. Personally, I think it would go for a lot more than that.
The phone was recovered from the Führerbunker in Berlin soon after Hitler committed suicide. There are distinct features on the phone to identify it not only as Hitler’s phone but its connection to the Nazi era. The phone made by German conglomerate Siemens as a Bakelite phone, it features an engraved swastika and Hitler’s name. There are even scorch marks on the phone from when Hitler’s aides set fire to the bunker on his orders.
Described by the auction house as Hitler’s “mobile phone,” it has an interesting back story. The British officer, Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner was sent to Berlin by his superior, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery just a few days after the end of the war. Berlin at the time was under the control Russian forces who had captured the city, Ralph Rayner was thought to be the first non-Soviet ally to enter Hitler’s bunker.
Russian first offered him the black telephone, found in the room of Hitler’s wife, Eve Braun. Instead, he chose the red phone next to Hitler’s bed. Rayner told Russians red was his favorite color, which made Russians happy. After his trip to Berlin and Hitler’s bunker, Ralph Rayner returned home to Devon, England with both the phone and a porcelain model of an Alsatian, made by slave laborers at Dachau concentration camp, also taken from the bunker, hidden in his suitcase. Carefully stored in a box, it stayed hidden in this country house since 1945.
Brigadier’s son Ranulf Rayner, 82, inherited the phone after his father’s death in 1977. “My father didn’t see it as a relic of Hitler’s glory days, more a battered remnant of his defeat, a sort of war trophy. He never thought it would become an important artifact. He could still smell burning flesh, dreadful hellhole,” he told CNN.
Hitler’s death phone come in a vintage leather carrying case. The auction date is set for February 19.
Source: Mirror UK