Simon Wiesenthal Center Announces Acquisition of a Four-Page Letter Signed by Adolf Hitler

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NEW YORK (AP).- The signature under the typewritten words on yellowing sheets of nearly century-old paper is unmistakable: Adolf Hitler, with the last few scribbled letters drooping downward. The date is 1919 and, decades before the Holocaust, the 30-year-old German soldier — born in Austria — penned what are believed to be Hitler’s first written comments calling for the annihilation of Jews. Written on a German army typewriter, Hitler’s letter has long been known to scholars. It is considered significant because it demonstrates how early he was forming his anti-Semitic views. The document was displayed Tuesday by the founder of a Jewish human rights organization that purchased what he says is the original letter last month. Hitler “set the gold standard