1941 propaganda postcard Germany, Arthur Axmann (Hitler Youth)

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Propaganda photo postcard of Arthur Axmann the German Nazi national leader of the Hitler Youth from 1940 to 1945, when the war ended.

At bottom ‘Reichsjugendführer Arthur Axmann’ (‘Reich Youth Leader Arthur Axmann’). At left ‘R 123 Ross-Verlag’ (Ross – Publisher)

On back more publisher info ‘Ross – Verlag Berlin SW 68, Zur Veröffentlichung fr---'

Mailed March 5th 1941 from Leipzig to Leipzig. Postmarked ‘…REICHSMESSESTADT…’ Reich Exposition City’

Paper scuff near his left eye. Small scuff UR corner.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)

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Artur Axmann (1913 –1996) was the German Nazi national leader (Reichsjugendführer) of the Hitler Youth (Hitlerjugend) from 1940 to 1945, when the war ended. He was the last living Nazi with a rank equivalent to Reichsleiter.

In September 1931, Axmann joined the Nazi Party and the next year he was called to the NSDAP Reichsjugendführung to carry out a reorganisation of Hitler Youth factory and vocational school cells. After the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, he rose to a regional leader and became Chief of the Social Office of the Reich Youth Leadership

In early 1943, Axmann proposed the formation of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend to Heinrich Himmler, with servicemen drawn from the Hitler Youth. Hitler approved the plan for the combat division to be made up of Hitler Youth members born in 1926, and recruitment and training began. In the last weeks of the war in Europe, Axmann commanded units of the Hitler Youth, which had been incorporated into the Home Guard (Volkssturm). His units consisted mostly of children and adolescents and fought in the Battle of Seelow Heights and the Battle in Berlin.

On 30 April 1945, just a few hours before committing suicide, Hitler signed the order to allow a breakout. According to a report made to his Soviet captors by Obergruppenfuehrer Hans Rattenhuber, the head of Hitler's bodyguard, Axmann took the Walther PP pistol that had been removed from Hitler's sitting room in the Fuehrerbunker by Heinz Linge, Hitler's valet, which Hitler had used to commit suicide and said that he would "hide it for better times"