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    I am the online curator & owner of the Wilhelm Gustloff Museum. I am always looking for items for sale / receiving donations of artifacts for the museum exhibit. The current collection houses over 3,000 original images, 300+ speisekarten / daily agendas and menus, as well as souvenirs and items from the Wilhelm Gustloff, Robert Ley, and Aviso Grille.

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    Wilhelm Gustloff and Robert Ley Items Wanted


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    Greetings! I am the curator of the online Wilhelm Gustloff Museum located in the United States and I am seeking items from the KdF liners Wilhelm Gustloff and Robert Ley to add to the museum collection. Souvenirs, books, photographs, photoalbums, and doubles are all desired. Items I am specifically seeking at the moment include: Wilhelm Gustloff 1 - Kraft durch Freude (KdF) armband for tour guide leader aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. Blue armband embroidered "KdF Dampfer, Wilhelm Gustloff, (Palmero or Naples), Fuhrer 20 or other number. 2 - General admission yellow launch invitation for May 5th, 1937. 3 - DAF flag variation pin for the Wilhelm Gustloff. 4 - Pre-construction postcard with an artist rendering of what the Wilhelm Gustloff will look like completed. 5 - Ticket booklet and menus / speisekarten from her pre-maiden voyages and final voyage. 6 - Official photograph book from Blohm + Voss with nearly 90 photographs of her construction. 7 - Any items that have provenance as coming off the ship - china. Robert Ley: 1 - Die Deutsche Technik book from 1939 featuring the Robert Ley. 2 - KDF souvenir flag pin. 3 - Any items that have provenance as coming off the ship - china, furniture, wreck artifacts. Please email me through my email on the Wilhelm Gustloff Museum Introduction page. Thank you for your help!


  2. Good Evening, I just wanted to let everyone know I have been updating the Wilhelm Gustloff Museum site online and made some big changes to it in the past few weeks. If you're interested in research, documentation, or photographs of the Wilhelm Gustloff, they can be found here. I also keep updates posted on Facebook. Regards, Eddie www.wilhelmgustloffmuseum.com
  3. Thanks for the reply. This is what led me to the last statement: http://www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?bw=0&documentid=44916 and http://www.cowansauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=62451
  4. From what I have looked up, it may be a fascimile with the original of Otto Meissner. Thoughts?
  5. Greetings to All, I was out at an antique store and I came across this document and Hitler signature on it: Im Namen Des Deutschen Volkes Verleihe Ich Das Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse Berlin, dem 30.1.1944. Der Fuhrer (Signature) In The Name Of German National Express I The War Merit Cross 2nd Berlin, 30.1.1944. The Fuhrer (Signature) I would greatly appreciate if anyone can tell me if they believe this to be a fake or authentic piece? The seller wants $150.00 for it and the description has no mention of Hitler at all. If it is a fake, is it worth $150.00 as a conversation piece? Many thanks in advance! Eddie
  6. I have seen these arm bands around once in a blue moon. I know they are reproduction and have nothing to do with the Wilhelm Gustloff ship herself. (At least as far as I am aware). There have been many other items named for the man, a school, factory, etc. Does anyone know what this is in reference to?
  7. Very nice photo! Thanks for sharing!
  8. I also saw that one sell at auction that you posted. It went for 100 Euro, which still seems like a good deal to me.
  9. Exactly 68 years ago to the minute (running on Eastern time) the Wilhelm Gustloff sank beneath the waves in the Baltic Sea nearly killing 10,000 people.
  10. Original photo of the crew onboard I found when I was researching some tallies. Makes you wonder how many you would try to nab if you were the photographer knowing what you know now.
  11. The only other information with the stamp is "Command post office box number 25251 M" Full photos are on http://www.wilhelmgustloffmuseum.com/wreck_artifacts.html
  12. While I am still researching them, my newest acquisitions are under the Sinking & Wreck page at the top. Two original boarding passes from the Gustloff's last voyage - January 31st, 1945. The full story can be read there as well.
  13. Can anyone identify this signature? From Gotenhafen, February 2nd, 1945. Regards! Eddie
  14. I began collecting in 2007, so only a few years.
  15. Hello to all members, I just wanted to post some information about my museum site featuring the KdF liners Wilhelm Gustloff & Robert Ley. There are currently 30 albums, over 3,000 photos, over 200 speisekarten (or menus) and much more! I also have photographs from the Aviso Grille, Robert Ley, several other KdF cruise liners, ships of the Kriegamarine, and photo albums from uboats - specifically the U708, U62, and U841. I have recently found this site and quite enjoy reading the threads that keep history alive. Regards, Eddie Wilhelm Gustloff Museum www.wilhelmgustloffmuseum.com