I unintentially took over Patricks thread on his search for Goebbels related items last night (clicked on the recent posts thingo in the top left corner and thought it was a discussion) so I thought I'd better do things properly.
Several years ago I was a lot more impulsive and silly....er...well impulsive anyway and I bought something that I would probably think twice about today and would definately run by you guys first. It was a small silver ended pencil, a bakelite loaded pencil and two pen nibs allegedly taken from Geobbels' desk in the propaganda ministry in Berlin in 1945. I bought these from an English bloke here in Perth who said that he had been given them as a souvenir from Wilfred Von Oven, Goebbels' adjutant. The bloke here litterally had a stack of letters from Von Oven which he showed me and said that he had been corresponding with him for many years. He reckoned that Von Oven had taken the pencils along with other items and had held them since the the end of the war. He swore black and blue that these things were fair dinkum and that Von Oven had become a mate of his over the years and that they had been planning for Von Oven to stay with him and his wife and have a holiday here in Western Australia.
How much, if any, of this is true I don't know. What I do know is that he gave me one of the letters with it's envelope sent by Von Oven to him which seems to confirm some of what he said. The pen nibs are marked: DRGM 542EF D.LEONARDT & COS BEAMTENFEDER MIT. KUGELSPITZ R (small capital D
underscored)256868. I just wonder why a bloke who was in the middle of a devastated city on the brink of collapse would suddenly decide that it was important to pinch a few of the bosses pens before he took off.
I suppose I just wondered what your thoughts were guys, like I said, I don't know if I'd be so impulsive now but strangely I'm not unhappy to have them. Have a read of the letter and see what you think, cheers, Dave.