Lot 8107: World Congress for Leisure and Recreation - Hamburg 23 - 30 July 1936
04 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: A photograph and autograph album presented to Rudolf Heß, patron of the Congress that started only one week before the Olympic Games in Berlin. The flyleaf with hand-written dedication by Gustavus Town Kirby, former President of the Olympic Committee of the USA "With my compliments and recognition of the inspiring leadership of the Führer and his Stellvertreter Hess - Gustavus Town Kirby - August 14th 1936", also a four-line dedication by Dr. Robert Ley, who was in charge of the organisation of the Congress together with the KdF. The album contains contributions from Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France (11 different regions), Greece, Holland (3 regions), Ireland, Italy, Norway (3 times), Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, German groups from Romania and Yugoslavia, Carinthia and Luxembourg. Handmade paper, the national colours hand-painted, numerous dedications and signatures. Red bibliophile leather binding with gold embossing, designed by Paul Sabban, Hamburg. Dimensions 32 x 24 x 3 cm. The Congress Committee of Honour consisted of Kirby, Ley, Goebbels, Count de Baillet-Latour, Frick, Frank, Göring, Darré, von Ribbentrop, Seldte, Rust, Bohle, Bürckel, Mutschmann, Sauckel, von Schirach. The festivities were reportedly attended by up to 1.5 million people, among them 800,000 from abroad. The costs amounted to more than two million Reichsmarks, an immense sum. The event was a major international publicity campaign for national socialist Germany. Family of Wolf Rüdiger Heß, along with confirmation of provenance of the family.
Condition Report: I - II
Drittes Reich Zeitgeschichte
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