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Michael Jackson Calls Adolf Hitler "Genius"

Sep. 25 2009, Published 11:32 a.m. ET

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Michael Jackson called Adolf Hitler a genius orator, and praised the German dictator's showmanship in an extended interview conducted with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that will be published in a forthcoming book, The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation.

“Hitler was a genius orator; to make that many people turn and change and hate, he had to be a showman and he was,” Jackson told Boteach.

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When the rabbi, a close friend of the Thriller singer, asked him if he felt he could impact Hitler for the better if he had an hour with him, the King of Pop replied: "Absolutely; I know I could."

The Man In The Mirror singer told the rabbi, "You have to help them, give them therapy, teach them that somewhere, something in their life went wrong."

Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles, California.

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