Hitler’s Desk Discovered But Not Purchased

Following the end of the Second World War, the United States seized Hitler’s desk, among other things. There was nothing inherently special about the simple wooden piece of furniture, but due to its use it was one of the most significant furnishings in history. Now that it has once again been located, it has reverted back to German ownership. Officials in charge of its fate have declared that Hitler’s desk will probably not be made available for purchase.

America only held possession of the furnishing until 1996, just a little over fifty years following the end of the war. Back when it was still reserved for Nazi use, it was utilized for traditional office purposes. Hitler’s desk was also the choice napping spot of Blondi, the dictator’s pet dog. The Alsatian usually snoozed next to its master’s feet while the Fuhrer sat at the desk and planned the next moves of the New Order. While the design of the item was nothing complicated, its surroundings were more lavish.

Made in 1937, the furnishing is now an antique which is just a couple of decades off from its one hundredth birthday. Despite its value, it has been unused and not even put on display since it was reacquired by Germany. Hitler’s desk has simply been sitting in a storeroom for almost twenty years. It is valued at a large sum, but Germany does not want to profit off of an item made famous by the leader of the Third Reich, the Mail Online reports.

Despite having been owned by the Germans since 1996, the item is still labeled as being under American ownership. This shows how little the German government desires to be associated with the furnishing. Before its transfer, Hitler’s desk was briefly useful as it was one of many furnishings in a rest home for veterans of the Second World War. It was even updated so that it could more easily hold electronics on its surface.

Hitler’s desk is not often a topic of discussion, as Germany seems fairly intent in their decision to keep the item from ever being sold. They are aware of how many thousands of Euros it would be bought for it put up for auction, but they would rather let it fade into history the way its owner did. This also helps ensure that Hitler’s desk will never be bought by one of his many misled modern idolizers.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE