History Buffs Ink Deal For Hitler’s Desk Set

Posted: February 7, 2011 in World War 2
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ARTICLE BY Jonathan Horn PUBLISHED ON SIGNON SAN DIEGO

Adolf Hitler’s first Nazi ID card, Benito Mussolini’s fez, & General Sepp Dietrich’s sword have all been in & out of the hands of Craig Gottlieb, a man of Jewish descent who deals Nazi memorabilia out of his Solana Beach office.

Now he has something with a historical significance that could trump all those.

Gottlieb is selling Hitler’s inkwell desk set, used in the signing of the disastrous 1938 Munich Pact, for between $750,000 & $1 million. “That’s basically the surface upon which the fate of nations was decided,” he said.

His office in Solana Beach is, frankly, scary. It’s adorned with a swastika flag. Several SS uniforms line the walls. A display case holds Nazi hats. An electrician once reported him to sheriff’s deputies on fears Gottlieb was running a militia.

It’s actually his line of work — selling mainly World War II items, with a focus on Nazis, the architects of the Holocaust. It’s a path that Gottlieb, born to Jewish parents & who said he had family who died in the genocide, has had to reconcile. [Read More]

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