JFK’s diary on ‘legend’ Adolf Hitler for sale

The ringbound leather file is from 1945 when the then 28-year-old was a special correspondent for Hearst Newspapers.

Its 12 handwritten and 49 typed pages cover JFK’s time at the opening session of the UN in San Francisco and his extensive travels through post-war Europe.

He followed PM Winston Churchill on his British re-election campaign and attended the Potsdam conference of Second World War leaders Churchill, Russia’s Joseph Stalin and US President Harry Truman.

JFK visited the ruins of Hitler’s Berlin bunker where he killed himself and the tyrant’s Eagle’s Nest lair in Berchtesgaden.

He wrote: “After visiting these two places, you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived…he had a mystery about him in the way he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him.

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“He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.” It is tipped to fetch more than £412,000 at RR Auction of Boston, US, on November 8. The firm’s Bobby Livingston said: “JFK wrongly predicts Hitler will rise from the ashes to be regarded as a great man.”

JFK’s aide Deirdre Henderson said he gave her the diary in 1959 so “I could better understand his ideas on foreign policy”.

The 35th US President was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963.The sale also includes a window from the Texas School Book Depository – killer Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have fired from the building. It comes from a former FBI analyst and is estimated at £20,000.

There is also part of a fence from the grassy knoll from where another shooter is said to have fired – valued at £8,000.

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