Book: Franco feared being kidnapped by Hitler

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"Hitler was immensely powerful at the time," and could have kidnapped "that tedious Spanish military officer" just to demonstrate his power, Carmen Franco said.

Madrid -- Spain's late dictator Francisco Franco feared being kidnapped by German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Franco's daughter Carmen Franco claims in a new book.

Carmen Franco, 82, described a 1940 meeting between Hitler and Franco in Hendaye, France, in the book Franco, My Father, written together with historians Jesus Palacios and Stanley Payne, advance excerpts of which were published by the daily El Mundo on earlier last month.

Franco left General Munoz Grandes and two others, whose names Carmen could not remember, instructions to exercise power if he were held by the Germans, according to the book.

"Hitler was immensely powerful at the time," and could have kidnapped "that tedious Spanish military officer" just to demonstrate his power, Carmen Franco said.

Hitler and Franco met in Hendaye to discuss Spain's possible participation in World War II on the German side, but Franco did not make such a commitment.

Franco did not like Hitler much, the Spanish dictator's daughter recalled. "There was not the cordiality" that Franco would later have with Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, she explained.

Franco ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975, after winning the 1936-39 civil war.

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