Hundreds of love letters between Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man and his wife are finally being exhibited after spending years hidden in Tel Aviv, the German newspaper Die Welt reported on Saturday.
The letters between Heinrich Himmler, a powerful Nazi leader, and his wife, Margareth, were at first kept in a private collection belonging to an Israeli citizen and were eventually moved to a bank vault in Tel Aviv. The collection includes letters written starting in 1927 and up until Himmler’s death in 1945.
There are also photographs and recipe books.
Experts have matched the handwriting to Himmler. Other techniques were also used to prove the collection’s authenticity.
Himmler joined the Nazi party in 1923 and quickly moved up the ranks. He married Margareth in 1928. He went on to become a Nazi officer and held a variety of high-ranking positions in the party, heading the SS from 1929 to 1945 and eventually becoming the second-highest authority of the Third Reich.
Under Hitler’s instruction, Himmler was responsible for the establishment and implementation of Einsatzgruppen death squads and extermination camps that led to the deaths of millions of Jews. The British apprehended him in 1945, but he committed suicide before he could stand trial.
Die Welt is set to publish the love-letter collection in an eight-part series starting on Sunday.