Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler‘s first written record of his obsessive hostility toward Jews, known as the ‘Gemlich letter’ has been bought by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre – the Holocaust remembrance organisation – in Los Angeles for 100,000 pounds.
In July, the center plans to put it on public view for the first time, at its Museum of Tolerance – which charts the slaughter of six million Jews – making the letter the centerpiece of its Holocaust exhibit.
The letter was sent to Adolf Gemlich who was in charge of the post-World War One German army.
Writing about the “Jewish Question” he describes Jews as being “like a racial tuberculosis” and that there needs to be an “elimination of the privileges of the Jews” and calls for an “Aliens Law”.
The most chilling line, however, is a line in which he makes no apology and does not try to cover up his intentions when he writes: “The ultimate objective of such legislation must, however, be the irrevocable removal of the Jews in general.’
Scholars have been known about the letter for some time and it is considered significant because it shows just how far back Hitler started vocalizing his ideas to wipe out Jews.
Historian Saul Friedlander said: “It is Hitler’s first written statement about the Jews. It shows that they were at the very heart of his political passions from the beginning.”
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