一九三九年,德軍侵占捷克斯拉夫,歐洲緊張情勢升高。

主張非暴力的印度獨立運動領袖甘地在同年七月二十三日致函納粹德國領袖希特勒。

甘地的信寫得簡明扼要,懇求希特勒「看在全人類份上」避戰,可惜遭英國政府干預而無法寄達。一個多月後,德軍侵犯波蘭,就此展開人類史上最血腥、範圍最大的二次世界大戰。

親愛的朋友,

吾友近日屢屢請求我看在全人類份上寫信給你,但被我回絕,因為我的信總給人一種狂妄的觀感。我隱隱明白,我不宜過慮,應向你提出我不值一文的訴求。

當前大戰一觸即發,恐將迫使人類退回蠻荒時代,而眾所周知的是,全球能避免這場戰爭之人非你莫屬。

你追求的目標究竟何等重要,為何非得付出如此高的代價不可?鄙人曾刻意迴避戰爭,成效不容小覷,你可願聞鄙見?斗膽寫信給你,若有冒失之處請見諒。

依然是你真誠的朋友

甘地
致希特勒君

【原文】
As at Wardha,
C. P.,
23-7-'39

Dear friend,

Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth.

It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to a savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Any way I anticipate your forgiveness, if I have erred in writing to you.

I remain,

Your sincere friend

M. K. Gandhi

HERR HITLER
BERLIN
GERMANY.

書籍簡介


書名:私密信件博物館
作者:史恩.亞緒爾
出版社:臉譜
出版日期:2016年3月4日

亞緒爾熱愛傳統信件,他於2009年成立了部落格「私密信件博物館」﹝Letters of Note﹞,以線上博物館的概念蒐羅了古今中外各式各樣的信件,網站至今點閱次數已超過一億。二〇一三年,亞緒爾精選網站裡的一百二十五封信,以群眾募資的方式出版了第一本書《私密信件博物館》,它盤距《週日泰晤士報》暢銷榜長達六周,獲得媒體一致好評,並售出多國版權,一躍而為國際暢銷書。