A trove of personal letters belonging to one of World War II’s most nefarious Nazis has recently been found in Israel.
The collection from the pen of Heinrich Himmler includes many letters written to the SS leader’s wife Marga, and date from 1927 to 1945, five weeks before Himmler committed suicide to avoid trial.
“I’m off to Auschwitz, kisses,” he ends one such letter.
Himmler was one of Hitler’s top aides and control of the concentration camps was under his authority. He has gone down in history as one of the vilest criminals from the Holocaust.
The letters were discovered Saturday, just two days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the ownership of a private collector in Tel Aviv, according to German newspaper Die Welt. The papers have already been authenticated by Germany’s national archives.
The documents were reportedly taken by US officers from Himmler’s safe after the Nazi killed himself, but it is not yet clear how the collection came to be in Israel.
Die Welt, which was able to obtain copies of the letters, has already begun the process of financing a documentary using the papers to shed light on the private life of Himmler.