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Letters to Hitler
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Letters to Hitler (Hardback)

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Between 1925 and 1945 thousands of ordinary Germans of both sexesand all ages wrote letters to Hitler. Lost for decades, a largecache of these letters was recently discovered in the KGB SpecialArchive in Moscow, having been carted off to Russia by the SovietSecret Police at the end of the war.



The letters range from gushing love letters - 'I love you somuch. Write to me, please, ' this from a seven-year old girlnamed Gina - to letters from teachers, students, priests, businessmen and others expressing gratitude for alleviating povertyor restoring dignity to the German people. There are a few protestletters and the occasional desperate plea to release a loved onefrom a concentration camp, but the overwhelming majority arepositive and even rapturous, shedding fresh light on the nature ofthe Hitler cult in Nazi Germany.



This volume is the first publication of these letters in English.It comprises a selection of the letters and includes acontextualizing commentary that explains the situation of eachwriter, how the letter was dealt with and what it tells us aboutNazi Germany. The commentary also describes the bureaucraticprocedures that evolved to deal with the correspondence (Hitlernever read any of it), which ranged from warm thanks to referral tothe Gestapo.

Henrik Eberle is lecturer at the University of Halle. Victoria Harris is a Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge.

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