So while chatting with someone I stumbled upon some articles that stated JFK said interesting private things about Adolf Hitler, based on his diary where he wrote:
"You can easily understand 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 wrote. “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 he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him,” the future US president said. “He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.”
I actually agree with some of this, and you don't have to be a nazi sympathizing scumbag to say such a thing. Hitler will never emerge from his well deserved hatred because ultimately he takes responsibility for everything that happened during the Third Reich in the eyes of the average person, even if he didn't directly influence it. Of course Hitler IS one of the most significant people that ever lived, but that doesn't necessarily mean he meant it as a good thing. Finally, the last part where Hitler's lifestyle and demise are brought up, I agree. Hitler said he would never surrender and he never did, he went down with his twisted dream when it was crushed by the allies and soviets. Limitless ambition and optimism stayed with Hitler almost to the very end, but he only fooled himself with it.
Adolf Hitler was a skilled politician and public speaker but as the supreme commander of the German military he was so inept that the British cancelled plans to assassinate him because they feared a more capable leader would replace him. He put himself too entrenched in the center of the web of the national socialist movement and his struggle against marxism. Hitler was so sure of himself and how he was blessed to save Germany and Europe from communism that many times he refused to take advice from generals and field marshals, often times arguing with and dismissing them. His tactical blunders and taking the eastern front too personally ultimately destroyed any chances the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS had at a victory and the foundation of the cold war was set when the soviets took the territory the germans conquered in the east.
As for the part where JFK doubted Hitler was dead, I don't think people outside of the Soviet Union knew what happened with Hitler's remains until after the Soviet Union collapsed. The average person after World War II knew Hitler and his wife Eva (who not even germans knew existed until after the war) killed themselves in Berlin and the bodies were burned, that's about it. Still, there were worldwide sightings of Hitler and other top nazis who went 'missing' like Bormann. When FDR asked Stalin if he thought Hitler was dead, he said no even though it was after the torture and interrogation of fuhrerbunker personnel who all stated he died in Berlin. And anyone that says Hitler escaped Berlin is dreaming, I'll tell you that right now.
He certainly will always stay a relevant figure in history. This era will definitely always be a particular fascination of mine, worthy of study to avoid the mistakes of the past again, and any person or hat that knows me knows that abundantly.