|A family archive
author Jean D Vaughan (later Vaughan-Baker)
had set out in 1951 to write the first original
'fair, unbiased' book on Heydrich, and offered Lina
50 percent of the royalties; nothing came of their
joint endeavors. Lina was one of the few top-level
wives and widows whose property the
restored to her.
reproduce here the contents of some of the
historically more important items, in the hope that
they will prompt others to make such private caches
of letters available to Real Historians.
Our thanks are due to the Third Reich document and
memorabilia specialists Robert Johnston and Lana
Cantrell for access to Miss Vaughan's papers, which
include vital personal contributions by
and originals from her photo album.
collection includes photographs
a folder of documents including scores of private
letters written by Lina describing her late
husband, his works, his relationship with
and other matters of historical
winter 1932, Munich]
Inventory of the Vaughan
Collection of Reinhard Heydrich, prepared by the
current Owner, William Rasmussen
- Forty-four original
unpublished photos of Heydrich, his family, SS
personnel and top leaders etc.
- Invitation by
Kriegsmarine to SS Gruppenführer Heydrich
- Set of four postcards -
one of a town, one of his father's music
theater, 3rd is a large building, 4th showing
his father Bruno at an opera. All are written by
Heydrich? Two are signed Reinhard and 1 believed
to be sent to wife signed Reini.
- Fourteen envelopes from
- Approximately 60 pages
written by Mrs Heydrich.
- Eleven miscellaneous
pages of correspondence written about Heydrich
from different persons to Jean Vaughan, who was
writing a book.
- Also a dozen or more
items related about Heydrich.
- One of Heydrich's calling
cards - S.D.
In the early 1950s, Jean Vaughan, a
female Journalist, sought and found SS
Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich's widow Lina.
Jean Vaughan struck up a correspondence which led
to Frau Heydrich's cooperation on a book. The book
never came to completion.
Reinhard Heydrich was born in 1904. After having
problems in the German Navy, Heydrich was recruited
by Reichsführer Himmler to run the
Sicherheitsdienst, or SD. In 1936 Heydrich helped
forge thirty-two documents that launched the purges
that caused Joseph Stalin to liquidate his entire
General and General staff command.
Heydrich was so successful in his administration
of the German protectorate of
Böhmen-Mähren, that the Allies had him
assassinated. Heydrich was the driving force behind
In this group are over 100 pages of Frau
Heydrich's recollections of her husband. His
beliefs, his friendship with Reichsfuhrer Himmler,
as well as General Heydrich's personal aide.
Included are over forty photos from Frau
Heydrich's personal album, these unpublished photos
and cards are Frau Heydrich's most cherished
remembrances of her husband, and in one letter
clearly states, "These photos I give you are all I
have left of my husband".
Also included are an invitation to Heydrich to a
naval function, his personal business card, a card
to his future wife Lina von Osten while they
were dating, in his own hand-writing, as well as
one in his wife's handwriting to her father.