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27.04.2012 - Expert Guide to the Hindenburg disaster of 1937
75 years ago, on 6 May 1937, the airship LZ-129 Hindenburg crashed in Lakehurst. The cause of the disaster is still not fully understood, and also with regard to the mail on board there are

75 years ago, on 6 May 1937, the airship LZ-129 Hindenburg crashed in Lakehurst. The cause of the disaster is still not fully understood, and also with regard to the mail on board there are still many unanswered questions. Of the more than 17,500 documents on board only 357 were rescued, at least officially. This month a new book that deals exclusively with the fate of the post on board of the Hindenburg Zeppelin air ship will appear. Most of the open questions will be answered by this book, which is called LZ-129 Hindenburg Zeppelin Crash Mail and was written by Dieter Leder. The book has the A4 format and the text is in English. The book is hardbound, contains 300 pages and offers more than 300 large colour photographs.

The first two chapters deal with the treatment of the mail in the two post offices in Frankfurt (‘International office’ and ‘Air Mail Service’). The third chapter deals with the on-board post office, while the fourth chapter is devoted to the U.S. Postal Service; it describes how the New York Morgan Annex Post Office should have acted. But then the accident happened...

The following ten chapters cover the nine remarkable postal finds in the wreckage. Chapter 16 deals with post that should have been returned to Europe. With its 120 pages, the complete list of mail items salvaged offers the longest chapter. Listed are all official and private documents that were recovered. A full-text index at the end of the book makes searching easy.

The book costs 100 Euros plus 15 Euro (Germany) for postage and packing. You may contact Dieter Leder at zpj@arcor.de.