Simon Wiesenthal Center Unveils Early Hitler Letter In New York City

NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) – A Jewish human rights organization has acquired a letter by Adolf Hitler believed to contain his first written comments detailing his belief that Jews were a threat and should be removed.

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday that the center paid $150,000 to a private dealer last month to obtain the 1919 Hitler letter.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports: Hier Says Document Has Too Much To Say To History

Hier said the letter was typed on a German army typewriter. He said it “set the gold standard” for man’s inhumanity to man.

The letter called for a strong government that could handle the “Jewish threat” and bring about the “removal of the Jews altogether.”

Hier unveiled the letter in New York but the center plans to put it on view at its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

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