Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00456 - Kurt Loeb Collection of Otto Meissner Correspondence

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Kurt Loeb Collection of Otto Meissner Correspondence


  • 1939-1942 (Creation)

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2 boxes (0.3 metres)

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Biographical history

Otto Meissner (1880-1953) was head of the Office of the Reich President during the entire period of the Weimar Republic under Friedrich Ebert and Paul von Hindenburg, and at the beginning of the Nazi era under Adolf Hitler. After the war, he served as a witness in the Nuremberg Trials, and also faced charges in other trials, of which he was ultimately acquitted. He published his memoirs in 1950.

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Gift of Kurt Loeb, 2005.

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Collection consists of official correspondence and personal letters of Otto Meissner. The material includes birthday greetings sent to Nazi party officials, invitations to Meissner to attend parades and other gala events, letters received sent by German citizens with suggestions and requests for Meissner, and notes accompanying gifts sent to Meissner by various citizens and companies.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English
  • German

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