What plagued Hitler before an obsessive hatred of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the handicapped, Jehovah's Witnesses, and basically everyone lacking blue eyes and blond hair? Bad teeth, according to a 1916 postcard he sent to Karl Lanzhammer, a fellow officer. This poorly spelled postcard turned up in the 45,000-piece trove of memorabilia uploaded to Europeana, an online history archive open to the public. Though brief, the postcard is interesting because it is simply so mundane:
Dear Lanzhammer, I am now in Munich at the Ersatz Btl. Currently I am under dental treatment. By the way I will report voluntarily for the field immediately. Kind regards A. Hitler
View the original Europeana entry here.