25/09/2012 15:06 BST | Updated 25/09/2012 16:03 BST

Joseph Goebbels' Letters, Essays And Poetry Up For Auction

A huge collection of Joseph Goebbels' writings, from his love letters and school essays to poetry and his university theses, is going up for auction.

However, one prominent Jewish campaigner has questioned the morality of making money by selling archives belonging to a rabid anti-Semite.

Goebbels was the Nazi Minister for Propaganda and Hitler’s right-hand man.


The collection up for auction includes letters, poetry and university essays

The pre-war archives, which span from his childhood to when he joined the Nazi party in 1924, will be sold off on Friday at Alexander Historical Auctions in Stamford, Connecticut, and are expected to fetch over £200,000.

Bill Panagopulos, the company's president, told The Daily Telegraph that the collection reveals Goebbels as being quite timid early in his life.

He said: “It sums up the formative years of the number two man in the Third Reich, who was responsible for motivating the masses in Germany to back Hitler.


Goebbels became the Nazi Minister for Propaganda and murdered his six children

"In my opinion, it shows how this rather simple, shy and love-struck college student really just became radicalised."

However, as time goes on, his sickening anti-semitism begins to show through, according to those who've translated the writings.

The sale of the collection has been criticised by Menachem Rosensaft, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “Alexander Auction House is making a business out of selling Nazi artifacts and memorabilia.

"They clearly have the legal right to profit here from such materials. I leave it to others to determine the morality of it all."

Goebbels murdered his six children after Hitler committed suicide in 1945, then he and his wife took their own lives.

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