Young JFK’s Diary Reveals Admiration for Hitler and Belief That He Escaped to Argentina

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A diary kept by 28-year-old John F. Kennedy has revealed that the future US president considered Hitler to be the “stuff of legends” and that future generations would let go of the “hatred that surrounds him.”

The personal diary – thought to be the only one the 35th President ever kept – sold at a Boston auction in 2017 for $718,750.

“Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived,” Kennedy predicted in the diary. “He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.”

Kennedy also doubted the official narrative about Hitler’s death, writing that the Fuhrer was likely still alive somewhere, his diary has revealed.

The former US president – whose assassination has been the focus of so many “conspiracy theories” – had one of his own about Hitler, according to his diary.

He wrote: “The room where Hitler is supposed to have met his death showed scorched walls and traces of fire.

“There is no complete evidence, however, that the body that was found was Hitler’s body.

“The Russians doubt that he is dead.”

Russian forces on the ground in Berlin during this period believed that Hitler did not die in his bunker as per the reports promulgated by the Western press, but instead fled to Argentina.

A view of a photograph that appeared, heavily cropped, in LIFE, picturing Hitler’s bunker, partially burned by retreating German troops and stripped of valuables by invading Russians.

The observations were written in the summer of 1945 – months after Germany’s surrender to the Allies and the horrors of the Holocaust had been exposed. At the time Kennedy was in Bavaria and touring the late dictator’s summer holiday home there.

Young JFK also indicated that he believed 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.”

BBC report: The diary spans some 61 pages in total and was given by Kennedy, while still a young but ambitious US Senator, to his research assistant, Deirdre Henderson. Senator Kennedy gave the diary to her to help her better understand his views on foreign policy and matters relating to national security.

In an explanatory note for the auction, Henderson made clear her view that “When JFK said that Hitler ‘had in him the stuff of which legends are made,’ he was speaking to the mystery surrounding him, not the evil he demonstrated to the world.

“Nowhere in this diary, or in any of his writings, is there any indication of sympathy for Nazi crimes or cause.”

Readers will also find a mention of his admiration for Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill, whom he describes as his “idol.”

Before becoming a journalist in 1945 JFK served in the United States Navy and was injured in action off the Solomon Islands. He was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his bravery and a Purple Heart but always maintained he deserved a Silver Star instead of the Navy and Marine Cross.

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