- Book, which contains more than 200 contacts, expected to fetch up to $20,000
- It was discovered in Reich Chancellery in Berlin by a captain in the British Army
- Contains information on Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolph Hess
- Included in the lot is a letter Joseph Goebbels which was found folded inside it
Adolf Hitler's phone directory which contains details of some of the key Nazi figures has sold for £33,000 - twice its estimate at auction.
It came up for auction 72 years later and was sold today by Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes in Wiltshire, for £33,000.
The directory contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers infamous members of the Nazi party.
It contains more than 200 handwritten entries, including Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolph Hess, Hermann Goering, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Reinhard Heydrich, Albert Speer and Albert Bormann, though there is one glaring omission - Adolf Hitler.
Captain John Hodge (pictured) found the address book in a desk drawer in the Riech Chancellery. Hodge's account written arrest of a high ranking SS officer (right)
The book on the left entitled Fernsprech-Teilnehmer, which translates to 'telephone subscribers', and the inside showing the contact details
The Third Reich book was recovered in Berlin at the end of World War Two by Captain John Hodge who was a British Grenadier Guards officer and is expected to fetch up to $20,000. His signature can be seen on this letter to the War Crimes Investigation Unit
The book contains more than 200 handwritten entries, including Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolph Hess, Hermann Goering, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Reinhard Heydrich, Albert Speer and Albert Bormann, though there is one glaring omission - Adolf Hitler
The leather, cloth-bound book belonging to Hitler is being put up for auction by Henry Aldridge and Son, which is based in Devizes, Wiltshire
Others include Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess – who bizarrely flew to Scotland in 1941 and was taken prisoner – Albert Speer, the Nazi who apologised at the Nuremberg war trials, and Reinhard Heydrich, main architect of the Holocaust.
Hans Frank, who ran occupied Poland under a murderous reign of terror, is also listed as is Joachim von Ribbentrop, who played a key role in starting the war. Hitler’s personal bodyguard and pilot are included as well.
Remarkably, a folded-up letter found in the 6in by 4in book has survived. It was written by the private secretary of Goebbels rejecting a request for his autograph because he was too busy.
The black, leather-bound book was found in a desk drawer in the Reich Chancellery in 1945 by Captain John Hodge, who was later part of the war crimes investigation unit and was almost killed arresting SS guard Heinrich Hornetz at his home near Frankfurt in 1946.
During the arrest, the Nazi’s wife ran out of the house screaming ‘English pigs’.
Minutes later five armed Germans surrounded the property and opened fire.
Capt Hodge was hit in the leg but managed to flee with his prisoner.
Both he and the address book survived, and it is to be sold at auction tomorrow through Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wiltshire.
It has been given an estimate of £15,000.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: ‘This is a unique piece of history that offers both historians and collectors access to a previously unseen amount of information relating to the highest echelons of one of the most evil regimes in modern history. It really is a who’s who of evil.
'You pick a bad guy and he is in there. The only person of note who is missing is Adolf Hitler.
‘We don’t know for certain who it belonged to but it was clearly the property of a very senior Nazi, possibly Goebbels’s secretary.
‘This book is being sold by the family of someone who dedicated a chunk of his career to hunting these individuals.
‘On a personal note, my grandfather was kept prisoner by the Nazis at Lamsdorf, Poland, before he escaped back to England and I found it fascinating that the head of Nazi government in Poland, Hans Frank, is listed.’