Adolf Hitler's political and private testaments

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1993.A.0062
  • RG-14.009
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • German
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium



2 microfiche,

Archival History

Bundesarchiv (Germany)


Cite Bundesarchiv as holder of originals

According to Walter Jessel, donor, Henry Heckscher, a fellow U. S. Army interrogator at the Freising Prisoner of War facility, obtained carbon copies of the originals from "one of his sources" shortly after the close of World War II. Hecksher made photographs of the carbons, and gave one set to Walter Jessel. Jessel donated his set to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in Feb. 1993, together with some partial translations.

Scope and Content

Contains photograph copies of documents relating to Adolf Hitler's final thoughts before suicide, his denial of guilt as cause of World War II, his ascribing the entire tragedy to international Jewry, his removal of Göring and Himmler from their offices for disloyalty in negotiating with the enemy without his consent, his choice of Admiral Dönitz and a slate of cabinet members to carry on the struggle, and his marriage to Eva Braun. Included is a note from Martin Bormann to Admiral Dönitz, which served as a cover letter to Hitler's political testament.

System of Arrangement

Arrangement is thematic


Corporate Bodies



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