A new book showcasing President John F Kennedy’s travelogues through Germany prior to World War II indicates that the US President may have been in favor of Hitler and his movements that would ultimately send the world into war.
The Daily Mail reports on the new book that is out now in Germany which is entitled 'John F. Kennedy - Among the Germans: Travel diaries and letters 1937-1945.’ The book coincides with the anniversary of JFK’s famous June 26 1963 speech in Germany in which he pledged US solidarity with Europe by saying, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
One Berlin magazine, Spiegel, said the new book shows that “It is evident that the Germans were scary for him [JFK].”
The Daily Mail says that other observers of the new book said the former President’s writings ranged between aversion and attraction for Germany.
The editor of the book reportedly believed that JFK was “eerily fascinated” with fascism.
On August 21, 1937, prior to the breakout of WWII, JFK penned in his diary, “The Germans really are too good - therefore people have ganged up on them to protect themselves.”
Perhaps most startling, Kennedy appears to align himself with Hitler’s ultimately deadly philosophy by writing that, “The Nordic races certainly seem to be superior to the Romans.”
Of course, it’s important to note that such observations came years before WWII began.
Later, the president-to-be JFK fought against the German Nazis alongside his elder brother Lt. Joseph Patrick 'Joe' Kennedy, Jr, who was killed during a test of a drone aircraft during the war.
Elsewhere in his travelogues, JFK noted that the famed authobahn were “the best roads in the world.” He also went on to write about having visited Hitler's Bavarian holiday home in Berchtesgaden and the tea house built on top of the mountain for him.
Of Hitler’s hideaway, JFK wrote, “Who has visited these two places can easily imagine how Hitler will emerge from the hatred currently surrounding him to emerge in a few years as one of the most important personalities that ever lived.”
Soon after Hitler’s death, and 15 years prior to being elected President, JFK wrote, “His [Hitler’s] boundless ambition for his country made him a threat to peace in the world, but he had something mysterious about him. He was the stuff of legends.”