Now I like history as much as anyone. I love reading about famous people, and going to historical sites.
I’d love to own something that had once belonged to somebody who shaped the history of the world.
Maybe Abe Lincoln’s favorite pen, or Queen Victoria’s hairbrush. Something mundane that had been touched by the hand of greatness.
But I don’t think for one single minute that I would want to own Adolph Hitler’s old telephone.
Uh, uh. Nope.
Nevertheless, someone less squeamish than I am just bought an old traveling telephone that had once belonged to the insane murderer of millions.
Alexander Historical Auctions of Chesapeake City, Maryland, referred to the item as “Hitler’s mobile device of destruction.” The old fashioned phone was recovered, along with a porcelain dog statue, was recovered from the bunker where Hitler died. It was owned by a British army officer, whose son says that both items were given to his father by Russian officers in Berlin.
Apparently the old phone was used by the Fuhrer during his last two years. His personal telephonist is said to have confirmed that he used the device when traveling. He may very well have used it to order tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.
The phone was once all black, but for reasons known only to himself, the dictator had it painted red. The red paint is flaking off now, but it lends an even more sinister cast to the device. In it’s catalogue, the auction house puts it this way:
“This was not a staid office telephone used to solicit contributions to the party, or to answer polite calls at the Berghof. This was Hitler’s mobile device of destruction, used in vehicles, trains, his field headquarters, at the Wolf’s Lair … and in the last desperate days deep beneath Berlin.”
So. Yikes. This phone was Adolph Hitler’s early “cell phone,” which he used to order all kinds of death and destruction to all kind of innocent victims.
And some guy decided that he really needed that peeling red death phone. So he forked over $243,000 to get it.
Where does he keep it? On a shelf in his library?
How does he describe it to his friends and family?
I don’t know about you, but unless the guy who bought the phone is Steve Bannon, I can’t imagine why he’d want it.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab.