PAINTING SENT HOME BY WWII AMERICAN GI UP FOR AUCTION

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PAINTING SENT HOME BY WWII AMERICAN GI UP FOR AUCTION



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The 18 by 13 inch painting of Wawel castle by Ernst Friedrich

A painting taken by an American soldier at Hitler’s headquarters in the Bavarian Alps will be up for auction in the United Kingdom. The painting, by Ernst Friedrich, was taken from Hitler’s Berghof residence in May 1945 by Sgt. Herson Whitley.

 

The 18 by 13 inch painting is of Wawel castle and cathedral in Krakow, Poland and it is estimated to fetch between $7,777 to $12,962. It will be auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, U.K., on Aug. 20 along with other artifacts that are being sold by the collector who purchased them from Sgt. Whitley’s family. A letter from Whitley’s daughter along with Whitley’s medals, dog tags, patches and letters accompany the auction.

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Sgt. Herson Whitley of the US 3rd Infantry Division

Whitley’s daughter says her father took the painting off a wall in Hitler’s retreat in Berchtesgaden at the end of the WWII. She also states there is “a crack along the upper corner which my father said occurred during shipping it home from Europe.” Whitley was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the French Croix de Guerre while serving with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division.

Henry Aldridge and Son notes that Krakow was the administrative center of Nazi-occupied Poland. Hans Frank, the Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland lived at Wawel castle.

PHOTOS: Henry Aldridge & Son



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