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Aeronautics Pioneer Theodore Windel

20 May, 2015
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THEODORE WINDEL a pioneer engineer in aeronautics who made significant invention for today’s airplanes. I couldn’t find much on his biography but he was born in Germany. Honored later by NASA for his his invention. T. WINDEL, AUTOMATIC STABILIZER FOR AEROPLANES, APPLICATION FILED OCT.8, 1912, Patented Nov. 18, 1913 THEODORE WINDEL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORKTo all whom, it may concern Be it known that I, Theodore Windel, a citizen of...

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18th Century Royal Protection Letter For Jewish Family

17 May, 2015
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As a side topic I do collect also protection letters & passes from the Holocaust which includes documents issued and signed by several “righteous diplomats”. But to get the chance to secure such a early document of Jewish-German-Polish history is outstanding! This folio protection letter for a Jew from Poland with name Moses Lewin from the City of Lodz (profession: tailor), received the  Royal protection and the right of...

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Louis Mountbatten 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

14 May, 2015
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Louis of Battenberg, the great grandson of Queen Victoria, and second cousin of George V, was born in Windsor, England, on 25th June, 1900. His father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, had been born in Austria. As a result of the anti-German feelings in Britain during the First World War the family changed its name from Battenberg to Mountbatten. Mountbatten was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Royal Naval College (1913-16)....

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Der Sturz – Honeckers Ende (East German History)

13 May, 2015

Margot Honecker lügt sich die DDR schön: „Es gab keinen Schießbefehl” • „Es gab keine Zwangsadoptionen” • „Was war an dieser DDR verbrecherisch?” • „Die DDR – ein Unrechtsstaat?” Keine Rede davon. • „Die Toten an der Mauer?” Selbst schuld. Die preisgekrönte ARD-Dokumentation “Der Sturz” von Eric Friedler, zeigt eine uneinsichtige Margot Honecker und entlarvt das DDR-Herrscherpaar. Margot Honecker gibt erstes TV-Interview seit mehr als 20 Jahren Seit mehr...

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ESCAPING THE HOLOCAUST

11 May, 2015
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Espacing the Holocaust – Budapest, Hungary 1944 The Nazis took over Budapest in 1944 and wanted to deport finally as much as possible Jews to death camps in the East. Mostly to Auschwitz  – the largest Nazi facility for systematic mass murder. But there was one man, a Swiss man – Vice-Consul CARL LUTZ which negotiated a special deal with the Hungarian government and the Nazis. He gained permission...

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German Ambassador Von Wangenheim (100 Years Armenian Genocide)

27 April, 2015
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Another outstanding and historic most valuable German document for my collection! This is the passport of Baron von Wangenheim, German Ambassador in Constantinople / Ottoman Empire. Wangenheim was a witness of the Armenian Genocide where estimated 1.5 Million people were killed. Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim (1859–1915) – German diplomat. Ambassador Extraordinary to Mexico. German Minister at Athens, 1909-12. During World War I, from 1912 to October 25, 1915 was...

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The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

26 April, 2015
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This video tells everything… The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until it was opened in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in...

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East German Passport For A Dancer

23 April, 2015
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This is an early East German (GDR) passport issued in Berlin for a female dancer which travelled frequently, even to Iraq (besides Poland and Austria) and that was surely unusual for East Germans at this time in 1959. At first her passport was valid for CSSR and Austria only but later it was added “Geltungsbereich für das gesamte Ausland” (valid for all states). The passport was issued free of...

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23 April, 2015

 

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French Passport 1602

22 April, 2015
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French passport (4 pages)  dated June 1602 with secretarial signature of King Henry IV of France. A later note on the back indicates that this passport was issued to the Philip William, Prince of Orange (1554-1618) for travel through Flanders and Burgundy. The handwritten document has four entries, each signed by two people and dated July 1602. There are remains of a wax seal. What a fantastic early travel...

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