After nine months of imprisonment and daily torture, Friedrich III was coerced into signing a notarised, irrevocable document, transferring all powers of disposal over his properties and assets to a representative of Himmler.

The German courts have effectively upheld this power of disposal as a legally recognised contract.  This is despite it being signed in a Gestapo prison, following extensive torture, whilst the Nazi regime’s laws can only be regarded as unlawful and unenforceable. 


British Military Intelligence from the time is quoted by a South African Intelligence report to Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, as confirming the theft, torture and forcible signature of the power of disposal.