JFK also wrote about his grave doubts about the newly formed United Nations: “In practice, I doubt that it will prove effective in the sense of its elaborate mechanics being frequently employed or vitally decisive in deterring war or peace.“
In the aftermath of World War II, a young John F. Kennedy toured Hitler’s mountaintop retreat and recorded his thoughts about the German dictator. “Within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived,” the 28-year-old Kennedy wrote in a diary in 1945, per Newser.
The diary was written in 1945 after Kennedy’s military service, when the 28-year-old was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers, rubbing shoulders with world leaders and traveling through a devastated Europe.
The 61-page diary, mostly typed but including 12 handwritten pages, is believed to be the only diary the future president ever kept.
While the information isn’t new, the original document is expected to fetch $200,000 when it goes up for sale on April 26. Other highlights, per the AP:
- Hitler’s death: “There is no complete evidence, however, that the body that was found was Hitler’s body,” he wrote. “The Russians doubt that he is dead.”
- The UN: “In practice, I doubt that it will prove effective in the sense of its elaborate mechanics being frequently employed or vitally decisive in deterring war or peace.“
- USSR: “Yet, if we pull out (of Germany), we may leave a political vacuum that the Russians will be only too glad to fill.”