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September 24, 2012

Joseph Goebbels’ early letters show warning signs of anti-Semitic tyrant

London: A young romantic Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s close associates, began to show signs of anti-Semitism and egotistical and controlling behaviour, according to love letters, school papers and dramatic works of college age. Alexander Historical Auctions – a Connecticut auction house selling the pre-war writings of Adolf Hitler - plans to sell the collection on Sept. 27 in Stamford , saying it may prove invaluable in providing historical and psychological insights. “It sums up the formative years of the number two man in the Third Reich, who was responsible for motivating the masses in Germany to back Hitler,” the Daily Mail quoted Bill Panagopulos, the company’s president, as saying. “In my opinion, it shows how this rather simple, shy and love-struck college student really just became radicalized,” he said. The thousands of pages include Goebbels’ college dissertation, report cards, dozens of poems, school essays and letters from family members, friends and girlfriends. “You really get a feel for what’s going on in his head,” Panagopulos said. “There’s a lot of information if somebody wants to dig into the mind of this man who grew into a lunatic,” he said. In an early sign of his ego, Goebbels would sign some of his materials with numerous signatures. Toward the later years of the collection, Goebbels starts to show anti-Semitic tendencies, Panagopulos said. He added that the auction house has only translated about 10 percent of the papers and has had a tough time with Goebbels’ handwriting. Panagopulos said that the collection, which spans the period up to shortly before he joined the Nazi party in 1924, is expected to sell for more than 200,000 dollars. It includes more than 100 letters written between Goebbels and Anka Stalherm, the first great love of his life, and show his desire to control others, he said. Letters from other girlfriends include a pair of sisters he seduced at the same time. In a letter to his teacher after his sister died, he thanks his teacher for condolences but adds that his loss is minor compared to losses suffered by ‘our fatherland’. Goebbels and his wife killed their six children with cyanide before killing themselves the day after Hitler’s suicide.

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