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Unused envelope with the return address of Paul Pleiger of Reichswerke Hermann Göring

Object | Accession Number: 2012.331.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Unused envelope with the letterhead of Reichswerke Aktiengesellschaft für Erzbergbau und Eisenhütten "Hermann Göring", Paul Pleiger, Secretariat, in Linz, Austria. The Linz works were a government conglomerate established by Nazi Germany to process low grade iron ores which was too expensive for private concerns to undertake. Göring was the Reich Minister responsible for mobilizing the German economy for the war effort. He assumed control of industries and resources in occupied areas and the state holding company, Reickswerke Hermann Göring Berlin, was a chief tool in the process. Pleiger was put in charge of the Reichswerke HG in 1937 and, by 1942, was Reich Commissioner for the Whole Economy of the East. The Linz factory opened on May 13, 1938, and, by 1941, was comprised of five companies. Forced laborers from the occupied countries, primarily Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian workers, were essential to the operation of the plants, which also used prisoners of war and, by 1942, male concentration camp prisoners. Two subcamps of Mauthausen concentration camp were built on the factory grounds. Göring was tried and sentenced to death at the Major War Crimes trials of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg held after the war ended in May 1945. Pleiger was tried and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment in Case #11, the Ministries Trial at Nuremberg, January 1948-April 1949.
    use:  approximately 1941-1945
    use: Reichswerke Aktiengesellschaft für Erzbergbau und Eisenhütten "Hermann Göring" Linz; Linz (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the La Grange Park Library
    front, top center, black ink : Paul Pleiger / Reichswerke Aktiengesellschaft / für Erzbergbau und Eisenhütten / » Hermann Göring « / Linz / Sekretariat [Paul Pleiger / Reich’s works corporation / for ore mining and iron works / » Hermann Göring « / Linz / Office]

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Unused, rectangular, onionskin paper envelope with a gray paper liner. On the back are 2 triangular flaps. The lower flap is sealed to form the envelope and the extended upper flap has yellowed, unused adhesive on the inside border. The exterior of the top flap has a preprinted address in German fraktur font.
    overall: Height: 4.375 inches (11.113 cm) | Width: 8.625 inches (21.908 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The envelope was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by the La Grange Park Library.
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    2023-08-02 15:33:04
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