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Lot 53: 1944 Soviet Union Leader NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV Signed Typed Telegram
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1944 Soviet Union Leader NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV Signed Typed Telegram of the Communist Party of Ukraine
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV. Leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 until 1964.
March 13, 1944-Dated, World War II Period, Typed Telegram Signed "N.S. Khrushchev" as Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, 1 page, 8" x 5.5", Ukraine, Choice Very Fine. Very clean and strong in eye appeal, some paper loss at left edge not affecting the text, punch hole at left edge. This historic Telegram is numbered "N172" and includes a full English translation. It reads, in full:
"HIGHER GOVERNMENT TELEGRAM / VOLSK BOLSHEVIK CEMENT PLANT TO GRINEV / SARATOV PARTY REGIONAL COMMITTEE TO KOMAROV / Saratov TO THE HEAD OF THE RYAZAN-URAL RAILROAD SHMELEV
(A shortage of cement is delaying the work associated with the reconstruction of the Kramatorsk plants. I request that you ensure the shipment of the Narkomstroy March plan figure of twenty carloads of cement, destination Yuzhnodonetsk railroad Kramatorsk station, recipient Donmashstroy OSMCh. Advise of execution.)
SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE / (CC) OF THE CP(b)U (Signature) KHRUSHCHEV / No. 172 / 13-March-44"
In 1941, the German Army took over the Kramatorsk plant which had made heavy machinery for Russia's iron and steel industry. The Germans used the plant to repair and produce tanks and other heavy equipment for their war effort. The plant employed 2,000 russian workers under the supervision of the Krupp company.