WARLETTER

Karma.

Via Miami Herald

Danny Jacobson was a 26-year-old Army sergeant, thousands of miles away from his hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, when he penned a four-page letter to his wife back in the states. World War II was winding down, Hitler had committed suicide six days earlier, and half a dozen administrative clerks from the 179th Infantry had set up shop in a Munich apartment.

But this wasn’t just any apartment. It was one of Adolf Hitler’s many German residences, where he had lived with his longtime companion Eva Braun. And the off-white stationery Jacobson used for his letter? Hilter’s very own. It included the Führer’s name and the Nazi swastika printed on the top left corner.

“Dearest Julia,” wrote Jacobson in a tidy script on May 6, 1945. “And so, Hitler’s treasured stationery has come to this. Imagine how many times he would turn in his grave if he knew a Jew was writing on his precious personal stationery.”[…]

Teresa Pollin, a curator at the Holocaust Museum, says history comes alive with these personal mementoes. The letter is now being treated by museum conservators, but no decision has yet been made about where or when it will be displayed. The staff is working on an exhibition of Americans in the Holocaust, “and this seems like it would fit in very well with that.”

She says the first line of the letter says it all. “It’s quite unusual and ironic that he, being a Jewish solder, is using Hitler’s stationery.”

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