¿Did JFK really say:

Hitler is one of the greatest men, the old trust him, the young idolize him. It is the worship of a national hero who has served his country.…Within a few years, Adolf Hitler will emerge from the hatred which surrounds him as one of the most significant figures that ever lived.

If so, when and where did he say this?

alleged JFK quote

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    Please do a google search before you ask; I just entered your quote into google and there are multiple results.
    – MCW
    Nov 18, 2014 at 20:02
  • Garbled "quote" that is obviously mixing sentences from different places. The book "Prelude to Leadership" which purports to be a 1945 diary written by Kennedy is not in the Kennedy Library, as far as I know, and has not been examined by legitimate scholars. Nov 18, 2014 at 20:32
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    Google gives pages and pages of results disproving this.
    – Semaphore
    Nov 18, 2014 at 20:35

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You are possibly referring to this:

After visiting these two places you can easily see how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He 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 that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.

This is from Prelude to Leadership (The Post-War diary of John F. Kennedy). See page 73 to 74.

But what you quoted is mixed with this:

As to his popularity, especially among the youth of Germany, there can be no manner of doubt. The old trust him; the young idolise him. It is not the admiration accorded to a popular Leader. It is the worship of a national hero who has saved his country from utter despondency and degradation.

David Lloyd George: Daily Express, September 17, 1936

Also see this.

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    It's worth noting that it has been a few decades and he's still trying to live down the whole "most evil name in recent history" thing.
    – corsiKa
    Nov 18, 2014 at 23:39
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    @corsiKa Presumably by "he" you are referring to Hitler and not JFK...
    – user8484
    Nov 19, 2014 at 0:00
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    ... and not Rajib.
    – tobyink
    Nov 19, 2014 at 1:53

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