Critics had called for the Munich auction house to halt the sales, saying they would encourage neo-Nazis.

The documents sold to anonymous bidders for well above their starting prices [File: Sem Van Der Wal/EFE]

Handwritten speech notes by Adolf Hitler sold at auction in Munich on Friday despite concerns from Jewish groups they could encourage neo-Nazis.

The Hermann Historica auction house defended the sale of the manuscripts, all dated before the outbreak of World War II, saying they were of historical significance and should be preserved in a museum.

The documents were sold to anonymous bidders for well above their starting prices.

A nine-page manuscript by Hitler outlining his speech to new military officers in Berlin in 1939 about eight months before

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