RARE VON RIBBENTROP SIGNATURE DIPLOMATIC PROMOTION
AN ORIGINAL NAZI DIPLOMATIC CORPS PROMOTION
URKUNDE SIGNED BY GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER
JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP
This 1942 Nazi promotional document signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop
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Over the embossed seal of the Auswärtiges Amt in Berlin, Von Ribbentrop promoted Konsulatsekretär Alfons Kleindienst to Konsulatsekretär I. Klasse (First Class) on 25 March 1942, giving Kleindienst all the privileges of that high office including the protection of the Führer himself, Adolf Hitler.
Every bit as interesting as this document is the fact that Alfons Kleindienst was a career diplomat who was serving in the United States at the time of the German declaration of war in December 1941, so he and his family were incarcerated in the luxury of the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia until they were exchanged for American diplomats and their families in 1942. Kleindienst served in both Paris and Berlin during the rest of the war.
After World War II he served his country as German Consul in New Orleans, Washington DC and Chicago before retiring in 1963. He died in 1967 and is buried in Amberg, Oberpfalz, Bayern.
This completely original 10 x 14 inch Third Reich document was folded at one time and had tape applied at the very top and bottom to hold it in a frame, but it is in very good used condition with an excellent emboss and a fine Ribbentrop pen and ink signature. Very, very hard to find.