• Captain Otto Kretschmer

    Maurice Frankenhuis’ letter to Captain Otto Kretschmer reacting to his remarks upon the launching of the first new submarine since the end of World War II. October 24, 1961Capt. Otto KretschmarCommander of the Federal Navy’s ForcesBonn, Germany Dear Captain Kretschmar: In the October 22, 1961, edition of The New York Times, I read an article, beginning, “The Germans, who developed the submarine into a major weapon of war, launched today the first submarine they had built since 1945.” There was also a photograph of this submarine and the comment, “She is said to be as fast underwater as Hitler’s wartime U-boats were on the surface.” The article also read: “U-Boat…

  • Winston Churchill

    No sooner than one week after returning to Holland from concentration camp, Maurice Frankenhuis sent the following letter to Prime Minister Winston Churchill requesting he hand-write a letter and sign with his autograph, to replace the one he previously collected some 25 years prior. 24, Van der Wijckstr. The Hague, 20th July 1945. (Holland) To the Right Honourable Winston Churchill, Prime Minister,London. Sir,The undersigned has been a collector of autographs of all personalities relating to the war 1914/1918 and you were good enough to send me your autograph about 25 years ago. I possess a large collection of autographs of all personalities relating to the war 1914/1918 and during the…

  • Rommel and Montgomery Medal

    Maurice Frankenhuis sent this letter of objection to the sculptor of the Presidential Art Medals World War II series depicting Rommel and Montgomery facing each other on the same medal: October 25, 1967 Mr. Edward R. Grove, Sculptorc/o Presidential Art Medals, IncP O Box 187Englewood, Ohio, 45322 Dear Mr. Grove:Permit me to congratulate you on the series of your impressive medal designs, which commemorate leaders and events of World War II (1939 to 1945). I must confess, however, that in perusing the recent folder of the Presidential Art Medals, Inc., I was startled by the picture of the New Medal (the ninth in the World War II series) designed by…