Hitler Asked for Time Off to Start Third Reich
Auction house obtains 1932 vacation request
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2011 2:57 AM CDT
The state of Brunswick offered Hitler a job shortly before the deadline for election nominations closed.   (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

(Newser) – A British auction house has obtained what must be the most ill-fated time-off request in history. In the March 1932 letter, Adolf Hitler requests leave from his government job in order to run for president, the New York Daily News reports. The Nazi-led government of the state of Brunswick had appointed the Austrian-born party leader to the job days earlier in order to make him a German citizen able to run for office.

"I hereby request leave of absence to the end of the time for the selection of the next President of the Reich," the letter states. It's signed: "Yours Faithfully, Adolf Hitler." Experts believe the letter, which contains several spelling mistakes, was typed by Hitler himself. "It is an incredibly rare and historic item and hugely important in the rise of Hitler and Nazism," says an auctioneer, who expects the letter to fetch upwards of $8,000.

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May 24, 2011 11:40 AM CDT
Dear Boss, Need a few weeks off, I'm off to take over zee world. Be back soon Hitler
May 24, 2011 10:07 AM CDT
"the most ill-fated time-off request in history" let us not forget McCain's "time-out" request during the 2008 election campaign?!? That wasn't exactly stellar timing...
May 24, 2011 9:46 AM CDT
Just imagine if Hitler had been a better artist.