Missing Nazi File Surfaces, Answers Questions
Sheds new light on Rudolf Hess' ill-fated UK peace mission
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
This Dec. 30 1938 file photo shows German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his personal representative Rudolf Hess, right, during a parade in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A dossier containing documents believed to have been drawn up by Nazi Germany's Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess while in captivity in the UK has resurfaced at a Maryland auction house. The 300-page file, marked "Most Secret," helps settle some long-held mysteries about "the Third Reich's third-most powerful man" and his 1941 mission, der Spiegel reports. For one, why did Hess think it was a good idea to parachute into Scotland mid-war? Did he really think the Duke of Hamilton would agree to his plan to overthrow Winston Churchill and make peace with Germany? And did Hitler OK the idea?

The answers, in order: He'd fallen out of favor with Hitler and was hoping to impress him by ending one front of the war; apparently; and no. The documents themselves were used during Hess' trial at Nuremberg, but went missing shortly afterward, and the Local notes that Britain's sealed file detailing Hess' first month in captivity won't be opened until 2017. But the current owner says he "received an anonymous telephone call" 20 years ago instructing him to collect the file at a specific location the next day. Handwriting comparisons show the dossier is authentic; it hit the block as part of an online auction Tuesday and is expected to fetch up to $700,000, reports the Scotsman. (In related news, Hitler's bodyguard died this month at age 96.)

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Sep 12, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
Why do I get the feeling this might be abother Hilter Diary?
Sep 11, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
"Answer questions?" This article does nothing but tell that some 'lost files' have been recovered. In itself are questions for which there are really no answers given. I would imagine that most of what is contained in those documents is also collected in transcripts of the Nuremburg Trials. I don't think there's anything 'secret or mysterious' in these files. They are a historic collector's item, which will fetch a high price from someone who has too much money to spend to say, "I have them."
Sep 11, 2013 7:23 PM CDT
"Missing Nazi File Surfaces, Answers Questions"... Here's the new question being asked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feLqz1udhtY