Adolf Hitler’s address book is a ‘who’s who of evil’ with names and numbers for Nazis’ biggest monsters
The previously-unseen directory contains 200 names, addresses and telephone numbers including Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering
The directory reads like an A-Z of evil and contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the hierarchy of the Nazi party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
It was during this time he found the leather-bound address book.