Description - Letters to Hitler by Henrik Eberle
Between 1925 and 1945 thousands of ordinary Germans of both sexes
and all ages wrote letters to Hitler. Lost for decades, a large
cache of these letters was recently discovered in the KGB Special
Archive in Moscow, having been carted off to Russia by the Soviet
Secret Police at the end of the war.
The letters range from gushing love letters - ?I love you so
much. Write to me, please,? this from a seven-year old girl
named Gina - to letters from teachers, students, priests,
businessmen and others expressing gratitude for alleviating poverty
or restoring dignity to the German people. There are a few protest
letters and the occasional desperate plea to release a loved one
from a concentration camp, but the overwhelming majority are
positive and even rapturous, shedding fresh light on the nature of
the 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 a
contextualizing commentary that explains the situation of each
writer, how the letter was dealt with and what it tells us about
Nazi Germany. The commentary also describes the bureaucratic
procedures that evolved to deal with the correspondence (Hitler
never read any of it), which ranged from warm thanks to referral to
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Author Biography - Henrik Eberle
Henrik Eberle is lecturer at the University of Halle. Victoria Harris is a Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge.
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