Feds Recover Bookmark From Hitler's Mistress

Sting operation nets gift from Eva to Adolf stolen from museum
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 6:45 AM CST
Adolf Hitler salutes a parade of German troops. A gold bookmark belonging to Hitler, stolen from a museum in 2002, has been recovered in Seattle.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A gold bookmark given Adolf Hitler by lover Eva Braun, stolen from a Madrid museum in 2002, has been recovered in a sting operation, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Undercover federal agents pounced on a Romanian businessman in a Seattle parking lot, where he had arranged to sell the bookmark for $100,000.

The sting operation was "kind of like a mystery novel," said a special agent. "But it's not uncommon for items like this to be trafficked like that." The bookmark bears a swastika, Hitler's likeness, and an inscription assuring Hitler that the catastrophic 1943 defeat of the German army at Stalingrad "will not break your certainty of victory."