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article imageEarly Hitler writings on 'Jewish threat' unveiled in New York

By Andrew Ardizzi     Jun 7, 2011 in World
New York - A Jewish human rights organization has unveiled a document by Adolf Hitler believed to contain his first anti-Semetic writings.
Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which disclosed the document June 7 in New York, paid US$150,000 to a private dealer last month to obtain the original letter written by Hitler in 1919.
Known as the Gemlich letter, Hier said it had been typed on a German army typewriter while he served in the military, the Globe and Mail reported.
While serving, Hitler routinely made anti-Semetic comments to other troops and was eventually urged by a superior officer to put his ideas to paper, said the Globe and Mail.
Hier believes the letter exemplifies man's capability for inhumanity, he said in the report.
The letter's existence has been known to scholars for some time and is considered significant in its demonstration of how early Hitler had formed his anti-Semetic views, said CBS news.
The document was originally found by an American soldier in the waning months of World War Two, and was authenticated in 1988 by Charles Hamilton, the man who revealed the "Hitler Diaries" to be forgeries, CBS reported.
In the letter, the Nazi dictator wrote that a powerful government could end the "Jewish threat" by denying their rights altogether, but that should not be the final aim of the government.
"Its final aim, however, must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether," the CBS report quoted.
Although Hier unveiled the letter in New York, the center intends to display it at the organization's Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in July.
In May, another of the former Nazi dictator's letters went up for auction in England.
The letter, dated March 1, 1932, is a typo-riddled document where Hitler requests time off from his job as junior administrator for the state of Brunswick so he may run for president, New York Daily News reported.
"I hereby request leave of absence to the end of the time for the selection of the next President of the Reich, Yours faithfully, Adolf Hitler," The NY Daily News quoted from the letter.
Experts believe although the letter is riddled with misspellings and punctuational errors, the letter was typed by Hitler himself.
"It is an incredibly rare and historic item and hugely important in the rise of Hitler and Nazism," auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes told NY Daily News.
The 1932 letter was expected to fetch 5,000 pounds, roughly US$8,000, the Toronto Star reported.
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