Richard Helms was an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, and later the head of the CIA. In 1945, after the surrender, he wrote a letter to his little son on Hitler’s letterhead:
«Dear Denis, a person who could write something on this form, once, three years ago, when you were first born, kept the whole of Europe under control. Today he is dead, his country is in ruins, his memory is full of contempt. He craved power, did not take into account the human person, and was afraid of intellectual freedoms. He was the embodiment of evil in the world. His demise and his defeat are good for humanity. Thousands of people died for this good. But the price of delivering society from evil is always high. Love daddy.»
Dennis Helms found this letter among family papers only in 1950, and in 2002 agreed to transfer it to the CIA Museum, where it is now kept.