06/03/2011 02:54 pm ET Updated Aug 03, 2011

Hitler-Gemlich Letter, First Official Anti-Semitic Writing, To Be Displayed In Los Angeles

FRANKFURT — In 1919, a soldier in Munich discovered that he could galvanize small groups of fellow trench warfare veterans with virulently anti-Semitic oratory. A superior officer, impressed with the soldier’s oral skills, asked him to commit his ideas to paper.

Thus came into existence the first written record of Adolf Hitler’s obsessive hostility toward Jews, an embryonic form of the worldview that would later lead to the Holocaust and millions of deaths.

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