Elsa Walter’s 80-page Letter
In 1930 the 32-year-old, unmarried Elsa Walter of Karlsruhe, Germany, wrote an 80-page Christmas letter to Hitler, and called him the indisputable “leader of the German freedom movement.” She described her political ideas and nationalistic sentiments in the carefully written and illustrated book she bound by hand. She did not care for the Jews and the “American system” of production—worse yet, the department stores of the “American system” were often run by Jews, she wrote. However, she claimed that “I never felt hatred for Jews, but so far as love was concerned, even before the Swastika existed, Jews never had any luck with me, though I was not crudely insulting. But once, to tell the truth, since there was no other way, I told one exactly what I thought of him.”
Walter also offered her services to Hitler, if he should lack a woman in a “place of action and care.” Walter in fact later became a high-ranking Nazi Party official, and from 1943 on she worked in occupied Poland. She later disappeared without a trace.