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JFK’s thoughts on Adolf Hitler out

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Published Mar 25, 2017, 1:47 am IST
Updated Mar 25, 2017, 1:48 am IST
John F. Kennedy
 John F. Kennedy

 A diary maintained by former US President John F. Kennedy as a young man, revealing a fascination with Adolf Hitler, is up for sale.According to the BBC, the set of notes from when Kennedy was 28, predicts Hitler’s rise to power.

“Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made,” Kennedy wrote. Experts claim the diary entry is from the summer of 1945, during Kennedy’s tour of German dictator’s Bavarian mountain retreat.

Adolf Hitler died on April 30 of that same year and a young Kennedy is believed to have kept the diary around for four months after the German dictator’s suicide. Historians added that this was the only diary maintained by the man who would go and become the 35th President of the United States.

The auction of the original copy will take place on April 26, in Boston. The current owner of the ledger is one Deirdre Henderson, who worked as a research assistant for JFK while he was a US senator. “Hitler had boundless ambition for his country which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him in the way he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him,” an entry read.

In 1945, Kennedy was touring Europe as a newspaper reporter following a stint in the United States armed forces aboard a ship on the Pacific. Henderson would later receive the diary from Kennedy himself because he wanted to inform her of his views on foreign policy, the BBC reported. However, she has dismissed speculation that her former boss was a Hitler sympathiser.    

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