Posted July 26, 2012 by beautifulnightmare
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Letters written by ordinary Germans to Adolf Hitler during the dark days of Nazi Germany have been discovered in a Russian archive.
Fan mail: A decorative telegram to Hitler declaring ‘loyalty and love’ sent in 1937 from a Dr Otto Hellmuth
The fascinating correspondence, which will surprise many with their critical tone, begins in 1924 and goes right through to the Fuhrer’s last days as he cowered in a Berlin bunker in 1945.
The documents, which were found in a Russian archive, have now been translated into English and reveal a side of the Nazis that is rarely considered.
The Nazis carefully filed all the letters that their leader received, copied the replies and filed those as well.
The letters grew in number through the 1930s as the Nazi party became more powerful, and include thousands wishing Hitler a happy birthday.
The correspondence includes letters from Jews unhappy with his policies, and from others pointing out to Hitler what he ought to be doing.
Support: Gustav Jaindl of Vienna wrote this letter to Hitler thanking him for the integration of Austria into the greater German Reich.
From Mrs von Ponief in 1930
As early as 1925 the direction of the National Socialist party was being questioned, especially its lack of religious revival.
Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess responded to one such enquiry by stating that religious revival was not among the goals of the Nazi Party.
Hess replied to another correspondent in 1925 who asked whether Hitler drank.
The reply was: ‘Mr Hitler does not drink alcohol, except perhaps a few drops on very exceptional occasions. He does not smoke at all.’
Lotte Kaiser wrote this Mothers’ Day card for Hitler. ‘Unutterably great thanks to Adolf’s parents for giving birth to Our Fuhrer’, she gushed
Support for anti-Semitic policies was received from a Mrs von Ponief in 1930.
She wrote: ‘In order to do completely Jew-free work, we must require our members to agree not to buy from Jews, in this way we can gradually succeed in driving Jews out of retailing and thus put the middle-class back in the saddle.’
thank you dirkster