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Hitler's record collection
August 7, 2007 3:48 PM   Subscribe

Know who else liked tunes by "subhuman" Jewish and Russian musicians? That's right.
posted by mr_crash_davis (36 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Boris Badenov?
Orson Welles?
Garrison Keillor?
How many guesses do I get?
Is it bigger than a breadbox?
Carol Channing?
Charlie Chaplin?
Mary Chapin-Carpenter?
Karen Carpenter?
Andy Gibb?
Am I getting warm?
posted by ZachsMind at 3:52 PM on August 7, 2007


Interesting, not all that surprising.

You know who else did, seriously? Stalin.
posted by bardic at 3:54 PM on August 7, 2007


It's true. That whole Non-Aggression Treaty thing went south after Hitler sent Stalin a mix tape with a letter that read "Your favorite band suxxx"
posted by briank at 3:56 PM on August 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


Lindsay Lohan?
posted by Dave Faris at 3:57 PM on August 7, 2007


But did he illegally download them?
posted by The World Famous at 3:58 PM on August 7, 2007


Brings to mind:

Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics. In my mind an American Worldwide Hero!
posted by ericb at 3:59 PM on August 7, 2007


Molotov/Ribbentropp MadBeetZ Mix II, now on sale at Borders.
posted by Avenger at 4:01 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


He also enjoyed a little painting.
posted by jonson at 4:02 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


What's next - Farrakhan playing the violin?
posted by phaedon at 4:11 PM on August 7, 2007


Liberace?
posted by ZachsMind at 4:13 PM on August 7, 2007


This little article is pretty thin, pretty light on details. And what details they do offer show that, well, precisely, there three Russian composers and all of one Jewish musician in Hitler's record collection:

"One of the Tchaikovsky records featured the star violinist Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish Jew forced to flee Europe when the Nazis took over."

So it's not exactly like ol' Adolf was dancing around the bunker to Klezmer...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:15 PM on August 7, 2007


Dennis Hopper?
posted by ZachsMind at 4:16 PM on August 7, 2007


I'm shocked that somebody as straight-thinking and rational as Hitler could have personal inconsistencies.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 4:26 PM on August 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


I understand he was particularly fond of "Nazi Punks: Fuck Off!" by Dead Kennedys.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:27 PM on August 7, 2007 [6 favorites]


Indie Rock Pete?
posted by cortex at 4:27 PM on August 7, 2007


Damn you, flapjax, now I'm gonna have nightmares about that.
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:27 PM on August 7, 2007


What's next - Farrakhan playing the violin?

How about calypso instead?
posted by Katemonkey at 4:27 PM on August 7, 2007


Wasn't Django Reinhardt , a Gypsy, pretty popular with the boys in brown? So I've heard.
posted by pax digita at 4:29 PM on August 7, 2007


You know who else posted a thread about art that Hitler liked? That's right. Blake.
posted by Dave Faris at 4:30 PM on August 7, 2007


Mein Gott, this Tchaikovsky fellow is good! No one should be able to make music this beautiful.

Clearly he is doing this to show us that his mastery of composition as being better than ours.

The arrogant bastard!

I must destroy them all now.

posted by quin at 4:37 PM on August 7, 2007


And the Beatles. You can't forget the Beatles.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:37 PM on August 7, 2007


Auto-godwined, neat.
posted by Aversion Therapy at 4:38 PM on August 7, 2007


I took a Jewish music class in college, and I remember a video we saw about a group of Jewish singers that was so popular in Germany (very early in the war or possibly before) that they were asked to perform for some of the Nazi troops. During their performance, a young Nazi started jeering and heckling them from the back, but one of the senior commanders in the front seats turned around, impatiently shushed the heckler, turned back to the singers and graciously asked them to continue their performance. The footage was a dramatization, but the teacher said it was probably based on real events. I can't remember the name of the film or the group of singers now. Anybody know?

/derail
posted by SBMike at 4:48 PM on August 7, 2007


I keep picturing a scene of contemporary Jewish musicians in being herded through the Warsaw ghetto amongst the trampled and weeping. It shouldn't be funny, but Joey Ramone, Bette Midler, and Paula Abdul variously, and Sammy Daivs Jr especially, seem unable to coalesce with the general mood of downtrodden terror, and David Lee Roth keeps jumping in the air in splits.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:07 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


"The Comedian Harmonists"?
posted by allaboutgeorge at 5:11 PM on August 7, 2007


He also liked the von Trapp Family Singers' version of "So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Zay gezunt."
posted by rob511 at 5:13 PM on August 7, 2007


Antisemitism does no preclude good taste.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:16 PM on August 7, 2007


[...] What's the appeal? On one level a tale of plangent melodrama: a group with three Jewish and three Gentile members trying to stand tall and cool under the Nazi boot. The Comedian Harmonists had some friends in high places, including Gauleiter Julius Streicher. At one concert a punk in the balcony shouted venom about the dirty Jews, but the Nazi brass in the front rows stood and cheered the group until the punk shut up. [...]
posted by allaboutgeorge at 5:16 PM on August 7, 2007


????????
posted by snsranch at 5:23 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


[[click to see image]]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:30 PM on August 7, 2007


Namor the Sub-Mariner?
posted by humannaire at 5:48 PM on August 7, 2007


"Heil Myself!"
posted by Burhanistan at 5:55 PM on August 7, 2007


1 point, functionalism?
posted by es_de_bah at 8:31 PM on August 7, 2007


I don't mind me the "subhuman" Jewish and Russian musicians myself...
posted by mazola at 11:03 PM on August 7, 2007


Self-godwinned
posted by zemblamatic at 1:20 AM on August 8, 2007


Man, Hitler was such a faker...
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 11:37 AM on August 8, 2007


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