Who Made Hitler's Desk?

By Bill Esler | Posted: 06/06/2014 12:53PM


Hitler's desk - one of his desks - was recently rediscovered in a Berlin store room where it had been held since 2000.

click image to zoomHitler's desk M Ballin, Mobel-Fabrik, Munich. Hitler's desk was manufactured in 1937 by M Ballin, Mobel-Fabrik, Munich. Renewed interest in its provenance may have been stimulated by D-Day observances this week.

The U.S. took possession of this desk at the end of World War II, and it served anonymously in a rest home for U.S. soldiers in Berlin, according to a report in the London Daily Mail.

 Rediscovered, it was returned to the German government in 1996 following reunification, and has been held in Weissensee, in the Berlin area, since.

Who made it? It was built in 1937 by M. Ballin, Mobel-Fabrik (Furniture Maker), with four locking drawers and has four lockable drawers. Those lockable drawers on that diminutive desk, may signify Hitler's conscious awareness of the evil he was planning and perpetrating while seated before it.

Courtesy Snake3yes via FlickrA desk associated with Hitler that was taken to a museum in Dorset, England. M. Ballin was established in 1863 in Munich. It touched U.S. shores when it built part of the German exhibit for the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.

Another desk attributed to Hitler sits in the Dorset Museum, this one also with lockable front doors. 

Another desk associated with Hitler was part of the formal furnishings designed by Third Reich architect Albert Speer, which served as a backdrop for Hitler's appearances with guests. Hitler's formal desk, and the study housing it, was designed by 3rd Reich architect Albert Speer. The coffered ceiling is oak.


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Brooklyn, New York  |  June, 07, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Who cares about a monster who was instrumental in the death of 12 million people?

Mikes Dinette    
Brooklyn, New York  |  June, 07, 2014 at 08:59 PM

Who cares about Hitler's desk....a monster who was instrumental in the murders of 12 million people.....


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