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Rare items salvaged from Adolf Hitler’s train by a British officer including cream jug for sale

Rare items salvaged from Adolf Hitler’s train by a British officer including cream jug and small booklet listing the Fuhrer’s favourite music emerges for sale

  • Items of Adolf Hitler’s including cream jug and list of favourite music for auction 
  • British Corporal Horace Whitney salvaged items from Hitler’s personal train 
  • Jug could sell for £400, with the other items likely to go for hundreds of pounds

A selection of rare items salvaged from Adolf Hitler’s personal train by a British officer have emerged for sale 76 years on.

Corporal Horace Whitney, who was part of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s security staff, brought home a range of souvenirs including the Nazi dictator’s cream jug at the end of World War Two.

He also got his hands on a small binder which listed the Fuhrer’s musical choices to be played on a gramophone while on the train.

The music document reveals that Hitler was a fan of the classic composers Wagner, who shared his anti-Semitic views, and Beethoven.

Creamer Jug ‘liberated’ from Adolf Hitler’s Personal Train by Corporal Horace Whitney

While searching through the cabins, Corporal Whitney spotted the small white cream jug with a Nazi eagle on it

While searching through the cabins, Corporal Whitney spotted the small white cream jug with a Nazi eagle on it

Corporal Whitney had been asked by Montgomery to locate Hitler’s train in Germany as he wanted to do a victory lap of it.

While searching through the cabins, Corporal Whitney spotted the small white cream jug with a Nazi eagle on it.

The letters next to it, D and R, stand for Deutsches Reichbahn – and on the base is the number 241, which is believed to correspond with Hitler’s locomotive.

The mementos, which have since passed into the hands of a collector, are going under the hammer with C&T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent. 

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler on his personal train during his visit of Austria in March 1938

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler on his personal train during his visit of Austria in March 1938

Corporal Whitney also got his hands on a small binder which listed the Fuhrer's musical choices (pictured) to be played on a gramophone while on the train

Corporal Whitney also got his hands on a small binder which listed the Fuhrer’s musical choices (pictured) to be played on a gramophone while on the train

A tag reading: 'Gramophone record catalogue from Adolf Hitler's special train - 1945'

A tag reading: ‘Gramophone record catalogue from Adolf Hitler’s special train – 1945’ 

The jug could sell for £400, with the other items likely to go for hundreds of pounds. 

Tim Harper, specialist at C&T Auctions, said: ‘We are confident this is a cream jug from Hitler’s train as the number on the base corresponds to it, and there is strong provenance.

‘Cpl Whitney was a member of Montgomery’s security staff and took various items as souvenirs. 

The music document reveals that Hitler was a fan of the classic composers Wagner and Beethoven

The music document reveals that Hitler was a fan of the classic composers Wagner and Beethoven

Wagner

Beethoven

The music booklet shows Hitler’s love for Wagner (left), who shared his anti-Semitic views. It also features Beethoven (right)

‘The music booklet is also fascinating as it shows Hitler’s love for Wagner, who shared his anti-Semitic views. 

‘The mementos were acquired by the vendor, a Montgomery collector, directly from the family.’

The sale takes place on June 30.

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