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June 8, 2011

“the Gemlich letter” …. it sounds better in the original German

Filed under: California, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

This morning I was astounded to read this news headline here:

The Seeds of Hitler’s Hatred: Infamous 1919 Genocide Letter Unveiled to the Public

This quote from the article contains the most important part of the story:

Few have questioned the importance of the Gemlich letter in understanding Hitler and the Holocaust. It not only provides a look into his beliefs, but reveals early ideas of how he would attempt the systematic extermination of the Jews. “Anti-Semitism — born of purely emotional grounds — will find an expression in the form of pogroms,” Hitler wrote, according to a translation provided by the (Simon) Wiesenthal Center. “The final goal must be the removal of the Jews. To accomplish these goals, only a government of national power is capable and never a government of national weakness.”

According to this article, “the Gemlich letter,” which has recently been acquired by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in California, is the first and only time that Hitler wrote something which clearly indicated his plans to “attempt the systematic extermination of the Jews.”   (more…)