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Hitler’s Ashtray Donated to Holocaust Memorial

May 7, 1993

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An ashtray and parts of a globe from Adolf Hitler’s desk have been donated to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, the museum’s chairman said Friday.

The donor was a 90-year-old Finnish Jew who served as an officer in the Soviet army and was among the first to reach Hitler’s Berlin headquarters on May 3, 1945, said Yad Vashem chairman Yitzhak Arad.

The donor, who asked that his name not be released, took the items from the desk along with a handle from a desk drawer and material from couches in Hitler’s office, Arad said.

Arad said the items would be stored in Yad Vashem’s archives.

The ashtray is circled with Nazi swastikas wrapped in laurels. An engraving on the bottom says it was given to Hitler in 1935 as a present from a Nazi organization in Argentina.

Yad Vashem is a memorial to 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II.

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