Esta 12

Esta (Czechoslovakia) / 1934

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Design: Although manufactured by Esta, this label shows no corporate name, suggesting this was likely a privately commissioned item, not on sale to the general public.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "This recording is a political speech by Konrad Henlein, who was the leader of the Germans in Czechoslovakia and a friend of Hitler."

From Wikipedia: "Upon the German occupation [of Czechoslovakia] Henlein joined the Nazi Party as well as the SS and was appointed Reichsstatthalter [Reich Governor] of the Sudetenland in 1939. He was one of the milder Nazis, prompting RSHA leader Reinhard Heydrich and several others to try to remove him. However, all efforts failed due to Henlein's good relations with Hitler. On 10 May 1945, while in American captivity in the barracks of Plzeň [Pilsen], he committed suicide by cutting his veins with his broken glasses. He was buried anonymously in the Plzeň Central Cemetery."

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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