A note from Hitler(‘s desk)

Near the end of World War II in Europe, future CIA Director Richard Helms sneaked into the Reich Chancellery and made off with a plate and some of Adolf Hitler’s stationery. He used the stationery to write this note to his three-year-old son:

Dear Dennis,

The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat — a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high.

Love,
Daddy

The story appears in the Washington Post. Hat tip to Jay Nordlinger of National Review Online.

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