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c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz
  • c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz
  • c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz
  • c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz
  • c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz
  • c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz

c1943 WWII Bauer Portrait Photo Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz

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£450.00


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A large original WWII period German black and white photograph of Gross-Admiral Karl Dönitz (Doenitz), that would have adorned one of the Naval Headquarters in Kiel at the end of the War.

The portrait picture is by the renowned Berlin photographer Friedrich Franz Bauer. It shows Grand Admiral Dönitz in his greatcoat and peaked cap. He is carrying his Grand Admiral Baton, which was highly decorated with eagles, anchors and Iron Crosses and the submarine emblem on the top. The baton actually concealed a telescope. Dönitz is wearing his Knights Cross with oakleaves round his neck dating the photo to 1943, onwards. The photograph is signed on the bottom left corner F. Bauer BERLIN. The condition is remarkably good, given its age and the fact that it was liberated by a British soldier.

Karl Dönitz (1891- 1980) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy (Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine) and Großadmiral (grand admiral) of the Naval High Command (Oberkommando der Marine). At the end of the War, Hitler named Dönitz his successor as Staatsoberhaupt (Head of State), with the titles of Reichspräsident (President) and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Soon after Dönitz signed the unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.

Friedrich Franz Bauer (1903 – 1972) was a photographer, originally in Munich, who came to the attention of the Nazis and became one of the official photographers, becoming the favourite of the SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Apart from his portraits of the leaders, he was infamous for photographing the Dachau Concentration Camp, showing images representing the humane treatment of inmates.

Size: 29 x 39.5 cm (11 ½ x 15 ½ inches)
Weight: 215 g

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