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All the way with JFK

Surprising who turns out to be a Hitler-admirer on the quiet.

A 61-page diary of John F. Kennedy – the only diary by him thought to exist – when he was 28 and travelling Europe in 1945 as a newspaper hack contains the rather odd entry “Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived…He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.”

The diary will be up for auction on 26 April in Boston, sold by its owner Deirdre Henderson, who worked as a research assistant for Kennedy while he was a US senator.

Kennedy added that Hitler “had boundless ambition for his country which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but 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.”

Evil may fascinate but it’s still evil.

Picture source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum