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In 1939, William Patrick Hitler fled Nazi Germany to join relatives in the U.S. He attempted to enlist with the U.S. Armed Forces, but was rejected because of his uncle -- Adolf Hitler.

Finally, in 1942, he penned an eloquent plea to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to let him join the Allied cause. Here's an excerpt:

I am the nephew and only descendant of the ill-famed Chancellor and Leader of Germany who today so despotically seeks to enslave the free and Christian peoples of the globe. ...

I am one of many, but I can render service to this great cause and I have a life to give that it may, with the help of all, triumph in the end. ...

As to my integrity, Mr. President, I can only say that it is a matter of record and it compares somewhat to the foresighted spirit with which you, by every ingenuity known to statecraft, wrested from the American Congress those weapons which are today the Nation's great defense in this crisis. I can also reflect that in a time of great complacency and ignorance I tried to do those things which as a Christian I knew to be right. As a fugitive from the Gestapo I warned France through the press that Hitler would invade her that year. The people of England I warned by the same means that the so-called "solution" of Munich was a myth that would bring terrible consequences. On my arrival in America I at once informed the press that Hitler would loose his Frankenstein on civilization that year. Although nobody paid any attention to what I said, I continued to lecture and write in America. Now the time for writing and talking has passed and I am mindful only of the great debt my mother and I owe to the United States. More than anything else I would like to see active combat as soon as possible and thereby be accepted by my friends and comrades as one of them in this great struggle for liberty.

The rest of the letter is equally stunning.

The letter, by the way, made it to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who eventually cleared Hitler for service. He joined the Navy in 1944 and was discharged after an injury in 1947. He died in 1987.

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Gene Wilder had plenty of feedback for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart, some of which centered on his character's quirky wardrobe:

Dear Mel, I've just received the costume sketches. I'll tell you everything I think, without censoring, and you take from my opinion what you like. ... I don't think of Willy as an eccentric who holds on to his 1912 Dandy's Sunday suit and wears it in 1970, but rather as just an eccentric -- where there's no telling what he'll do or where he ever found his get-up -- except that it strangely fits him: Part of this world, part of another. A vain man who knows colors that suit him, yet, with all the oddity, has strangely good taste. Something mysterious, yet undefined. ... Slime green trousers are icky. But sand colored trousers are just as unobtrusive for your camera, but tasteful. The hat is terrific, but making it 2 inches shorter would make it more special. Also a light blue felt hat-band to match with the same light blue fluffy bow tie shows a man who knows how to compliment his blue eyes. To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste. Hope all is well. Talk to you soon. All my best, Gene

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Wedding season once again is upon us, and a June 1971 letter from future U.S. President Ronald Reagan to his soon-to-be-wed son, Michael, contains advice for the groom that stands the test of time.

An excerpt:

If you truly love a girl, you shouldn't ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors. Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.

Read the letter in full here.

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In a 1962 letter to his aunt, Patty, a then-18-year-old Keith Richards described a chance meeting with a guy he knew from primary school, a certain "Mick Jagger."

Richards:

Anyways the guy on the station, he is called Mick Jagger and all the chicks and the boys meet every Saturday morning in the 'Carousel' some juke-joint well one morning in Jan I was walking past and decided to look him up. Everybody's all over me I get invited to about 10 parties. Beside that Mick is the greatest R&B singer this side of the Atlantic and I don't mean maybe. I play guitar (electric) Chuck style we got us a bass player and drummer and rhythm-guitar and we practice 2 or 3 nights a week. SWINGIN'.

Three months later, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at London's Marquee Club.

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Letter Of Note of the Day: A terse letter penned by Ingmar Bergman in 1960 to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upon learning that his film, Wild Strawberries, had been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category.

It lost to the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romcom Pillow Talk.

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Letter Of Note of the Day: A slightly singed letter to Santa stashed inside a chimney by siblings a century ago was discovered by the Dublin man who currently lives in their former home.

"I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee," reads the letter penned in 1911 by brother

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Letter Of Note of the Day: A 16-year-old burglar who wrote a vicious non-apologetic apology letter to his victims has become the poster child of a new crime-fighting campaign by the West Yorkshire Police.

"To be honest I’m not bothered or sorry about the fact that I burgled your house," wrote the teenager in the typo-riddled letter he was forced to write. "Basicly [sic] it was your fauly