HITLER (ADOLF) Autograph police registration from, or Meldzettel, with his name entered in his hand ("Adolf Hitler"), recording his residence at Sechshauserstrasse, Vienna, on 22 August 1909
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HITLER (ADOLF) Autograph police registration from, or Meldzettel, with his name entered in his hand ("Adolf Hitler"), recording his residence at Sechshauserstrasse, Vienna, on 22 August 1909
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 33,853) inc. premium
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HITLER (ADOLF)
Autograph police registration from, or Meldzettel, with his name entered in his hand ("Adolf Hitler"), recording his residence at Sechshauserstrasse, Vienna, on 22 August 1909; with official police stamp, one page, on blue-green paper, tears and small paper-losses at right-hand corners, traces of mounting on verso, oblong 8vo, Vienna, 22 August 1909

Footnotes

  • HITLER AS A NEAR-DESTITUTE YOUNG MAN, AND DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS A 'WRITER', TAKES DIGS IN VIENNA: having arrived in the imperial capital some months earlier in an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Academy of Fine Arts, Hitler rented a succession of digs, ending up in Room 21/ 58 Sechshauserstrasse – as attested by the resent document – between 20 August and 16 September 1909. Being broke, he was then forced to take to the streets, and there is no record of him until the middle of December, when we find himself in line seeking admission to the Asylum for the Shelterless. A Meldzettel was a police form that inhabitants of Vienna were required to complete each time they changed residence; the present form – filled out in Hitler's own hand – provides details such as his place of birth and birthday. Under occupation he has entered "Schriftsteller" rather than 'painter'. There have been many evocations of these lost years of Hitler's life, among the most recent that by the novelist William Boyd: 'Adolf Hitler's Vienna years (1908-13) are difficult to document (he took care to expunge as much as of the record as possible). However, there are witnesses enough to provide a portrait of a young down-and-out, bearded, long-haired, living in grim hostels with the impoverished flotsam and jetsam of the empire, its many castes and races. Apparently Hitler used to wear a rubberised yellow cycling jacket-cum-cape with no shirt underneath. In Vienna's summer heat the rubber made him sweat – and smell... It is a disturbing contemplation: in Vienna in 1913 Hitler was a shabby, mentally disturbed, embittered and near-desperate member of the Austro-Hungarian underclass. twenty years later he was he chancellor of Germany' ('Viennese Waltz', Guardian, 4 February 1912).
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