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03/31/2014 08:49 am ET

That Time The New York Times Was Insanely Wrong About Hitler

GERMANY - JANUARY 01:  Adolf Hitler. Photography.  (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Adolf Hitler. Photographie.]
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Adolf Hitler. Photography. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Adolf Hitler. Photographie.]

Everyone makes mistakes, even august newspapers. We all remember the Pennsylvania paper that apologized 150 years later for saying that the Gettsyburg Address was a piece of forgettable hogwash, right?

Well, this is a doozy, unearthed by the "Historical Pics" Twitter feed on Saturday. It seems that, in 1924, the New York Times reported that the world could breathe a sigh of relief: Adolf Hitler was out of jail and he was no big deal anymore! In fact, the paper wrote, Hitler was set to "retire":

If only Hitler had done what the Times said he would probably do, and gone off to be a chastened fascist vegetarian painter somewhere in the Austrian countryside.

Of course, he didn't do that.

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