The Hitler Letters HTML version

The discovery of this cache of correspondence, written by the fascist dictator, Adolf Hitler,
has naturally caused a great deal of controversy throughout the world. Their provenance
cannot be doubted as they were recently unearthed in Vienna in a tin box clearly marked,
‘Copies of my letters. A.H.’ That they are genuine is also verified by the fact that many
eminent historians have failed to contest their validity.
These are not, of course the letters of the Fuhrer Hitler, but those of the peasant boy Hitler,
who came to Vienna, ostensibly to study art, at the age of 18 and stayed there until the age of
24 in 1913 when the prospect of being called up to the Austrian army led him to to flee to
Munich. Nevertheless, we can see from these documents the development of Hitler’s odious
theories and also the maturation of the boy as his dreams of being an artist are crushed and
he has to find a means to survive and also fulfil what he believes to be his destiny.
It is this which has led us to publish these important historical documents and the thought of
profiteering from this prolonged curiosity in Hitler has never crossed our mind. Not even in
the slightest.
Some readers may cavil at the shoddy nature of the translation from the original German of
the letters, but lack of finance has been our enemy in this case and we have spent all we
could afford in training our expert translators up to a state of semi-literacy in their native
Turkish, never mind German and English. Our best advice is to read the text in a cod
German accent with a glass of schnapps to hand.
We have chosen to avoid censoring the letters in any way as we are not revisionists, but the
documents themselves were in such a degraded state that it would have been impossible to
deliver them ‘as is’. We have therefore had them retyped and reformatted to make them
easier to read. It is unfortunate that the replies from Hitler’s correspondents have not been
recovered as these would have given a clearer view of the world that formed him. There are
also gaps in the correspondence which imply that Hitler did not keep copies of all of his
letters. However, incomplete as this picture is, it will truly take you into the mind of the man
who was Adolf Hitler, if only occasionally.
Professor Fritz von Bogus,
Dept of Spurious Studies
University of Vienna
3rd June 2011