History Roadshow finds Rare Document
Europeana 1914 – 1918 is a roadshow travelling Europe in an attempt to find new material on World War One. This BBC article explains how the experts who accompany the show have been shown a bible which still has the shrapnel it stopped and other items. But what’s really made the news was a collector who came in with a postcard from one Adolf Hitler. Material relating to Hitler’s early life is rare, and obviously vitally important, and so this find is interesting. Hitler wrote it to Karl Lanzhammer, a dispatch runner from Hitler’s regiment, and it reveals a surprising desire to get back to the frontlines. The postcard has now been recorded and returned to the collector. So far 45,000 items have been recorded by Europeana, including precious firsthand accounts passed down through families.
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