In 2011, we saw the death of some despots.
Related to that thought, here is a letter written on V-E Day on Hitler’s stationary
OBERSALZBERG, DEN V-E day
The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat — a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high.
The letter was written by Lt. Richard Helms, an intelligence operative with the OSS who, following Germany’s surrender the month before, had managed to acquire some of the recently-deceased Nazi leader’s stationery from the Reich Chancellery. He then wrote to his son.
Richard Helms later became Director of the CIA.<h/t to letters of note>