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    Göring, Hermann. Extraordinary autograph letter signed ("Hermann Göring") 19 September 1924. 6-pages (8.75 x 11 in.; 222 x 279 mm), on three separate leaves, in German, "Venice, Hotel Britannia", 19 September 1924, written to Leo Negrelli, Italian Fascist newspaper publisher, who acted as a liaison between the fledgling Nazi and Fascist parties. Usual folds. Recuperating from a wound suffered in the famous Beer Hall Putsch, Hermann Göring requests support from the Italian Fascists for Hitler and the Nazi Party - marking the beginning of the deadly Axis alliance. Göring writes in part: Dear Herr Negrelli: Now I urgently request a bit of news from far has the matter progressed, and what steps have been taken to bring this matter to a favorable settlement. I would be very grateful if at least something came out of all our negotiations. I had hoped to already take part in a great blow against the Reds...We firmly believe that Hitler will be released on October 1, and it is further believed that an amnesty will then be declared for all those leaders who are in foreign exile...How Austria will behave plays no role, as 70 percent of this little State wants Anschluss and would favor immediate annexation with a strong new Germany... Italy must seek to find strong allies. One such ally would be a National Socialist Germany under Hitler's leadership...The Fascists were at one time small and laughed at. One should not believe that the National Socialists have no future. I believe in its victory in a few years... I am convinced that the French are at the bottom of the prevention of an approachment between Italian Fascism and German Nationalism...when I see proof that our negotiations are serious and we really have a friend in Fascism...All of the rest of the press will come down on us, therefore we must be previously prepared and armed -- that is, already have the money for the strengthening of our press... This would cost you only a loan of two million lire...Besides, you will get your two million back at the latest in five years. Now I urgently ask you to give me an answer so that I won't believe that you have forgotten me or want no more correspondence. You and your honored wife are sent the best greetings from the both of us. Your devoted Hermann Goering On 28 November 1923, Hitler attempted to start a Nazi Revolution in Germany to bring his party to power. The failed attempt took place at a beer hall in Munich (Beer Hall Putsch). The plot failed and Hitler was found guilty of treason and sentenced to five years in prison. On 20 December 1924, Hitler was released having served only nine months behind bars. Over the next seven years, Hitler concentrated on bringing the Nazi party to power in Germany, electing a few Reichstag members and a county President there, until, in 1933, the party was strong enough that Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany. In 1938, Anschluss, the forced uniting of Austria with Germany, took place as Göring suggests in this letter 14 years prior. With the help of Mussolini and the Fascists, Hitler ushered the world into World War II. From the collection of William J. Bell.

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