Described as “astonishing and terrifying” by Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorset, the album contains images of the former king’s encounter with Adolf Hitler himself.
“More than 60 photos describe the Duke’s official visits with his new wife Wallis Simpson, who caused the crisis of abdication last year,” says the Dorchester auction house, where the album will be offered for sale on March 10th.
Many of the pictures were compiled by the Duke of Windsor’s stable master, Sir Dudley Forwood.
Regarding the album’s historical significance, Timothy Medhurst, an expert at Duke’s, said, “It’s a unique piece of history put together at a time when the Nazi war machine was preparing for European conquest and the systematic slaughter of millions of people. ‘
The images document, for example, trips to a mine, a light bulb factory and a school.
According to Forwood, who died in 2001, the trip to Germany was arranged to allow the Duke’s wife a state visit, and not to support the Nazi regime.
In a caption, Forwood wrote that the school was founded “to teach young Germans to become real Nazis. It is run along the lines of an English public school with all kinds of play facilities.
The album, along with Forwood’s invitation to attend the Duchess of Windsor’s funeral in 1986, is expected to fetch £ 500 to £ 1,000.
On a visit to what appeared to be an abandoned concentration camp, Forwood wrote: “We saw this huge concrete building that I now know housed inmates. The Duke asked, “What is that?”
Our hosts replied: “This is where they store the cold meat.”
‘In a terrible sense, that was true.’