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Hitler had huge fan following: Documentary

world Updated: Apr 26, 2010 20:01 IST

For most of the humanity, he might be a cruel dictator, but for his fans, Adolf Hitler was no less than a hero who had received thousands of letters, hailing his actions during the World War II.

The letters, which were seized by the Soviets when they conquered Berlin in 1945 and recently found from Russian archives, were the subject of a new German documentary titled 'Dear Uncle Adolf'.

The documentary shows how the Svengali-like grip that the Austrian-born Hitler exerted over Germany as actors read out the letters that would fill a truck, the Telegraph reported.

For years these love notes, advice letters, gifts and health-tips lay undiscovered in Russian archives. Found in 2007, the letters became the basis of a German book called 'Letters to Hitler'.

They were letters that often accompanied gifts, in the case of Margarethe Wagner, a pair of socks sent in 1938 after Hitler occupied the Czech Sudetenland border region, the report said.

"I knitted these for you as you freed us," Wagner wrote in her letter.

Similarly, Frau Troeltzsch of Berlin sent Hitler three silk handkerchiefs with pictures of Hitler sewn into them which Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess sent back saying "you do not have permission to send handkerchiefs with pictures of Herr Hitler!"

Such women were later put under Gestapo monitoring as Hitler feared that his cult of personality could lead to a destabilisation of home life in the Reich.

According to the report, as the Nazi leader climbed further up the ladder of power, so the tempo of the letters increased.

To deal with the tsunami of paper wending its way to him every day, a special department was also created in the postal services in both Munich and Berlin.

On April 25, 1932, one day after elections made the party an unstoppable force in national politics, a Peter Beck from Silesia -- now part of Poland -- wrote: "We don't want to know about the government any more - we only want Adolf Hitler as leader, as dictator.

"We National Socialists want to see a ban on all newspapers that inject poison into our Fuehrer, to see Jews classified as what they are, a reckoning with all local government chiefs who have cheated their citizens.

"We will give our blood to Adolf Hitler! Take an iron hand and fulfill your programme with a dictatorial will. Do not negotiate but act!

"We trust our Fuehrer and donate to him our hearts with every pulse!"