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Vietnamese Government ‘explains’ Premier’s Admiration for Hitler

August 9, 1965
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The South Vietnamese Government today responded in Saigon to Western European criticism by issuing a new “clarification” of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky’s admitted admiration for Adolf Hitler.

The press directorate of the Central Executive Committee of South Viet Nam sought to explain that Premier Ky’s admiration of Hitler was not based on adherence to criminal Nazi concepts and actions, “but rather to the leader who, in the 1930’s, by sheer energy and dynamism, was able to build the unity of Germany, a country then divided. To admire certain successful achievements of a man does not necessarily mean that one should take a leaf out of his book,” the statement asserted.

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