THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)

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THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945
Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945
An interesting collection comprising;
1. A c.1936 camera, a Contax Carl Zeiss Jena in Zeiss Ikon leather carrying case with strap, with attached leather tag labeled "R.C. Holloway" with a British address.
2. A steel armored fighting vehicle first aid kit case with felt lining used to keep extra camera pieces and housing three additional lenses and other accessories for the camera.
3. Three contemporary English newspaper clippings detailing Ribbentrop's capture; together with 140 photographs, mostly war damage and Victory parades, but including images of the 3 man team that found von Ribbentrop, including Sargeant Major Holloway, serving as part of the 26th F.S Section, Intelligence Corps, with 59th Infantry Division HQ.
4. Three period documents, including a 1944 army form from Holloway to his wife detailing his then-current assignment; together with other items of Holloway's personal effects, two Intelligence Corps green felt shoulder patches, a brass Intelligence Corps clip and four World War II medals with ribbons.
Provenance: Estate of Major Holloway, Boreham Wood, Essex; The Mountfitchet Castle Museum, Essex.

As Foreign Minister in Hitler's Third Reich from 1938 until 1945, and as a friend of Hitler from 1933, SS-Obergruppenführer Joachim von Ribbentrop was one of the architects of Nazi Germany's rise to power and its subsequent aggression; he was close to Hitler for much of his career. Following the German defeat in May, 1945, the hunt for escaping Nazi war criminals by the Allied forces began in earnest. Ribbentrop was tracked to a Hamburg boarding house on 16 June 1945, where he was captured with a vial of poison strapped to his body and letters in his possession addressed to the Allied heads of state. This camera was also found with Ribbentrop and was claimed and taken home by Sergeant Major Holloway, one of the three British Intelligence Corps servicemen who made the arrest. Ribbentrop was subsequently convicted and hung at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunals.
Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
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THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
THE CAMERA OF JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP WITH ARRESTING OFFICERS' PHOTOGRAPHS AND EFFECTS, JUNE, 1945 Camera: 6 x 4 x 3in (16 x 10 x 8cm)
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