German historian publishes chilling read: Hitler's fan mail
Selection of letters from Nazi leader's supporters includes letter from Jewish craftsman asking for assistance.
BERLIN - For around three generations, the enormous bulk of Adolf Hitler's fan mail remained hidden from the public's eyes. Some of the contents of this postal multitude have recently been published in a new book by Henrik Eberle, a German historian.
Eberle found the Nazi fan mail in a government archive in Moscow. Excerpts from Dr. Eberle's book, "Letters to Hitler - a People Writes to its Leader," were published this week in the German daily tabloid Bild.
"Honorable Reich Chancellor, like lightening from a sunny sky the storm has broken over me. My customers have disappeared," Heinrich Herz, a Jewish craftsman, wrote Hitler on April 27, 1934.
"Honorable Reich Chancellor, give the order that life will become possible again. I would thank you many thousands of times."
Another correspondent, a member of the Nazi Party since 1932, wrote Hitler for advice after learning that his grandmother was Jewish.
"Great leader, what am I to do? Should I terminate my activity? Are we not human? Please help me." The first letter went unanswered. The second received a curt reply: "Maybe you can help out at the local party branch."
Throughout his career, Hitler received tens of thousands of letters. The researcher found the letters in their Moscow storage place after the Red Army took over Hitler's central chambers in Berlin at the end of World War II.
The letters date back to Hitler's initial forays into politics in the 1920s until the very end, when he was holed up in his bunker before committing suicide in April 1945.
Hitler's fan mail from his staunch supporters is at times as chilling as the letters he received from some of his victims.
"Dear good Uncle Hitler," wrote one ethnic German woman, Annelene K., from northeast Prussia, which is today in Lithuania.
"We've been waiting so long for you, when are you coming to our region? We would be very happy if we could belong to Germany again. The Jews and the Lithuanians would all then have to leave, wouldn't they? The Jews not only take our bread - they also slaughter Christians for Easter."
One letter from a Nazi Party member was written in 1932, one year before Hitler became German chancellor.
"We don't want anyone else in government, we want only ADOLF HITLER ... as the dictator," the letter reads. "We National Socialists want the prohibition of all newspapers that have spread poison about our leader, and the expulsion of all Jews."