This Sunday on 20th of Feb, Alexander Historical Auctions held an auction in Maryland. The auction had Adolf Hitler’s telephone as an item and it was auctioned to an anonymous person in $243k. That’s really interesting. The telephone is not just an item in the auction, it has been named as ‘the most destructive weapon in the history’. And that is quite true. Thousands of lives were turned into death just by using this bloody phone, during world war II.
Appearance of Hitler’s Telephone
Most interesting thing is the ‘red’ color of the phone. Red was favorite color of Hitler. Originally, it was a black telephone by German manufacturers Siemens Bakelite. But later it was painted red. Why? Maybe, it was the indication of Hitler’s love for shedding innocent blood. The deadly telephone is engraved with Adolf Hitler’s name as well as with a sign of Swastika on it on the back.
Here is what the auction house has explained about it in their auction catalogue–“This was not a staid office telephone used to solicit contributions to the party, or to answer polite calls at the Berghof,” the catalog states, referring to Hitler’s home in the Bavarian Alps. “This was Hitler’s mobile device of destruction, used in vehicles, trains, his field headquarters, at the Wolf’s Lair … and in the last desperate days deep beneath Berlin.”
Where was this Phone All through these years?
Adolf Hitler’s Telephone was in possession of a British office Ralph Rayner. Ralph was one of the first few people who entered the destroyed bunker of Hitler after his death. Ralph described (to his family) the scene there in the bunker in these words, “He could still smell burning flesh,” and as a “dreadful hellhole.” Ralph Rayner was ordered to visit Adolf Hitler’s bunker after his death and there Ralph found it. Along with many other items, this souvenir was the one that attracted him the most. And he kept it secretly. All through these years, it was in his possession. It was in 1977, when after Ralph’s death, the phone was inherited by his son Ranulf Rayner, now 82. Ranulf Rayner contacted the auction center to get the Adolf Hitler’s telephone sold. Here is what he has to say, “My father didn’t see it as a relic of Hitler’s glory days, more a battered remnant of his defeat, a sort of war trophy,”
Here is how Ranulf expressed his personal views about this phone to CNN, “I certainly won’t miss it, it’s a fairly sinister bit of kit and I’ve always lived in fear of someone trying to steal it. I’ve also been told it’ll bring me bad luck.” And “I don’t want them to be hidden again,” he further said. “I want them to remind the world of the horrors of war.” [Read here: 400 years Old Church Drowned and Resurfaced].