5-year-old Chelsea Clinton wrote Reagan urging against Bitburg cemetery visit

"I have seen the 'Sound of Music': the Nazis don't look like very nice people," Clinton wrote in 1985 letter, a photocopy of which is included in her first book set for release this week.

September 14, 2015 22:53
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Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Growing up in a family involved in the political realm seems to have rubbed off on Chelsea Clinton at a young age.

At a mere 5-years-old, the only daughter of current US presidential contender Hillary Clinton and former US president Bill Clinton, was already lobbying leaders on diplomatic matters.

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In the summer of 1985, the young Clinton hand-wrote then-US president Ronald Reagan an endearingly scribbly letter against going through with a controversial visit to the Bitburg Military Cemetery in Germany, where dozens of Nazi forces are buried.

"Dear Mr. President, I have seen the Sound of Music: the Nazis don't look like very nice people. Please don't go to their cemetery (sic). Sincerely, Chelsea Clinton," reads the letter stamped with a seemingly compelling heart and rainbow sticker.

An image of the letter, photocopied by her father, will appear in Clinton's first book for young readers entitled, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

News of the letter made rounds in the media this week ahead of the book's September 15 release.


"I didn't think an American president should honor a group of soldiers that included Nazis. President Reagan still went, but at least I had tried in my own small way, " Clinton, now 35, told People magazine of her short petition.


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