With his reputation for effective, nonviolent change well established, many implored Gandhi to write to Adolph Hitler, whose increasingly aggressive regime in Germany had them worried that a second world war was imminent.
Gandhi sent this short, typewritten letter to Hitler on July 23, 1939:
The letter never reached its destination as it was intercepted by the British government.
On December 24, 1940, Gandhi sent another letter imploring Hitler to work toward peace. It is not known whether it reached the intended reader.
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