The letter in which Adolf Hitler first revealed his plans for the “removal of the Jews” was presented on Tuesday in New York.
Dating back to September 1919, it was written shortly before Hitler, then 30, joined the National Socialist German Workers Party, which then became the Nazi party led by the future Fuhrer.
The text is known as the “Gemlich letter” after the name of the person it was addressed to. Its content has been unveiled at the Museum of Tolerance in New York.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center had a copy of this letter for many years but it was only recently that he managed to buy the original for the sum of $ 150,000.
The Center also has several documents that confirm the fact that the signature at the end of the letter belongs to Adolph Hitler.
The letter was translated by experts at Michigan State University.
“There lives among us a non-German, alien race which neither wishes nor is able to sacrifice its racial character or to deny its feeling, thinking and striving,” Hitler wrote.
“The Jew is unscrupulous in the choice of methods and pitiless in their employment,” he continued, adding that, “anti-Semitism based on reason” would lead to “legal combating and elimination of the privileges of the Jews”.
“The ultimate objective [of such legislation] must, however, be the irrevocable removal of the Jews in general,” he wrote.