Picture Of Hitler And Lenin Playing Chess To Go To Auction

September 3, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – An etching of Adolf Hitler playing chess with a person the artist claimed was Vladimir Lenin has surfaced, leaving many historians wondering if it could be genuine.

The etching has the title “A Chess Game: Lenin with Hitler – Vienna 1909”, with what appears to be the signature of the artist, and the two dictators. It is believed to have been done by Hitler’s art teacher, Emma Lowenstramm.

It is being sold at auction by the grandson of the original owner, a housekeeper for the prominent and wealthy Jewish family whose house the etching was made in. The family fled as World War II began to take off, leaving much of their possessions with the housekeeper.

According to the anonymous seller, his father spent years and a great deal of money proving it’s authenticity, and experts have claimed there to be an 80% chance that it is real.

These finding are based on the signatures, the paper used, and the fact that Hitler was known to have been in Vienna in 1909 for some time.

However, Helen Rappaport, a historian and expert on Lenin, doesn’t believe the hype for a second.

The author of ‘Conspirator: Lenin In Exile’ was quoted by The Telegraph:

“In 1909 Lenin was in France and there is no evidence that he was in Vienna. In October he went to Liege in Belgium and in November he went to Brussels. He would have visited Vienna before and after that year. He liked the place and went there because he traveled around Europe on trains, but he wouldn’t have been there long enough to meet a young Hitler.

“He was also as bald as a bat by 1894 with just hair on the sides of his head. And when in exile he was not known as Lenin and instead used a number of aliases. The person believed to be Lenin in the etching may well have been one of his revolutionary or Bolshevik associates who was misidentified.

“It may even have been an Austrian socialist with whom he associated in the Second International. The Germans did fund the Bolsheviks and gave them millions of marks for the revolutionary effort, but Lenin was not a German sympathizer.

“Although this is totally spurious it is wonderful to bring these two great megalomaniacs together. It makes sense retrospectively and the history of art is full of retrospective meetings between people.”

The etchings will go on sale at Mullock’s auction house in Ludlow, Shropshire on October 1. To see the picture, click here.


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