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Promotion document with Hitler & Göring handwritten signatures

Minsterial council promoting document to Artur Reck. A document promoting senior government and architecture official Artur Reck to the ministerial council, handwritten (!) fountain pen autographs by Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring. Documents bearing both signatures of the two most powerful figures of the Third Reich are extremely rare. The general condition of the document is excellent and both signatures are well preserved. In a world of counterfeits, documents like these are a collector’s safety.

‘In name of the Reich I appoint senior government and construction officer Artur Reck to the ministerial council. I sign this recommendation with the expectation that the appointee, faithful until the end of his service, will perform his assignments in good faith and justify the confidence shown in him. At the same time, with this appointment, I assure him of my special protection. Berlin the 2nd of May, 1935. The Führer and Reich Chancellor.’

Berlin-based Artur Reck was a prominent architect and government planner in the Third Reich who designed prominent buildings such as the Prussian Mint in Berlin, the Regierung building in Wroclaw/Breslau, Thüringer Landtag, Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Opole… From 1937 he was in charge of the Prussian State Building Administration [Preußische Staatshochbauverwaltung] and the Department of Building at the Reich Finance Ministry (Finanzministerium). Reck also pursued his career in the Eastern Territories. In the summer of 1940 he was in charge of urban planning in the Regierungsbezirk Zichenau.
He made drawings for Ciechanów [Zichenau] Mława [Mielau], and Pułtusk [Ostenburg] in collaboration with Jan Wilhelm Prendel.
These were rather imperial fantasies, combining the elements from previous Gauforum designs.” However, they differed from the Old Reich designs in that they provided for the demolition of the existing buildings and the development of “superior” German towns for
newly arrived colonists. These projects were never completed. However, preparatory efforts were made to displace and exterminate the local population and demolish Polish and Jewish houses. Such projects could only be implemented in the eastern territories,
which had little to no value to their German invaders. As he discussed urban plans for the Regierungsbezirk Zichenau, Reck showcased Prussian architecture as a style to be adopted by public buildings in the Third Reich. In so doing, he reiterated what he had said in the descriptions of the Regierung offices of his own design. In Die Baukunst, a supplement to the prestigious magazine Die Kunst im Dritten Reich, Reck wrote about the “transplantation” of Prussian architecture to Ciechanów, the capital of a new Regierungsbezirk in the Reichsgau East Prussia, and its redevelopment as a “German colonial city ”.
Source: Karolina Jara, The Architecture of the Third Reich in Silesia and Spatial Planning in the “German East”

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