Has Adolf Hitler's address book been found?

It's been described as a who's who of evil'

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An address book that may have belonged to Adolf Hitler has come to light 72 years after the end of the Second World War.

The directory reads like an A-Z of evil and contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the hierarchy of the Nazi party.

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Among the 200 names listed are SS monster Heinrich Himmler, propoganda sadist Joseph Goebbels and Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering.

Other names featured in it include Hitler's deputy Rudolph Hess, Albert Speer - the Nazi who apologised at the Nuremberg War Trials - and Reinhard Heydrich who was the main architect of the Holocaust.

Hitler's address book up for auction

The directory reads like a 'who's who of evil'

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Polish mass murderer Hans Frank is also listed as is Joachim Von Ribbentrop, the Third Reich's Foreign Minister who was executedfor his role in starting World War Two.

The one glaring omission is Hitler himself, although his personal bodyguard is listed as is his pilot.

Remarkably, a folded-up letter found in the 6ins by 4ins notebook has survived to this day.

It was written by the Goebbels private secretary and it is his rejection to a request for his autograph, because he was too busy to provide one.

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A letter denying a request for an autograph from Joseph Goebbels was found in the diary

The black book was found in a desk drawer in the Reich Chancellery in 1945 by Captain John Hodge, who was later part of the War Crimes Investigation Unit.

His job was to find evidence and detain Nazi war criminals so they could be brought the trial at Nuremberg.

He was almost killed while arresting SS guard Heinrich Hornetz at his home near Frankfurt in May 1946.

Hitler's address book up for auction

The address book shows the numbers of top ranking Nazis

During the arrest, the Nazi's wife ran out of the house screaming 'English pigs'. Minutes later five armed German men surrounded the property and opened fire.

Capt Hodge was hit in the back of the leg but managed to flee with the prisoner with the armed gang in pursuit.

Both he and the telephone book survived and it has now been made available for sale at auction through Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts.

It has been given a pre-sale estimate of £15,000.

The address book was found by Capt John Hodge

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Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: "This is a unique piece of history that offers both historians and collectors access to a previously unseen amount of information relating to the highest echelons of one of the most evil regimes in modern history.

"It really is a who's who of evil. You pick a bad guy and he is in there. The only person of note who is missing is Adolf Hitler.

"We don't know for certain who it belonged to but it was clearly the property of a very senior Nazi, possibly Goebbel's secretary considering the letter that was found inside it.

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The directory may have belonged to Joseph Goebbels' secretary

"This book is being sold by the family of someone who dedicated a chunk of his career to hunting these individuals."

Capt Hodge was the son of a solicitor from Devizes, Wilts, and went to prestigious Marlborough College and Oxford University before joining the Grenadier Guards in 1943.

He was among the first group of British soldiers to reach Berlin at the end of the war and one of his duties, as a fluent speaker of German, was to instruct civilians in their own language to clear debris in the Reich Chancellery.

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The only high-ranking Nazi missing from the address book is Adolf Hitler

It was during this time he found the leather-bound address book.

The directory was written in mostly the same hand.

Also included with the lot is the original order for Capt Hodge to apprehend a member of the SS and a copy of his War Service record.

The sale takes place on Saturday.

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