No one who's ever seen film footage of Adolf Hitler giving his rousing speeches could have failed to notice the importance of Der Führer’s wildly exaggerated gestures and body language. Well, it turns out Hitler worked very carefully on that aspect of his public persona, very carefully indeed. During his rise to power, Adolf Hitler had his private photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, shoot him while he practiced those gestures, so that his speeches might have the dramatic impact upon his audiences that he sought. Here are the photos.
"We believe the request ... to inscribe a birthday wish to Adolf Hitler is inappropriate," said Karen Meleta, a ShopRite bakery spokeswoman. Bottom line: Adolf Hitler Campbell, who turns 3 today, is not going to get the cake of his (and my) dreams.
Who knew Hitler sang reggae? View (YouTube, in German but with moustached rubber ducks)
Donald Rumsfeld's recent speech
at the American Legion Convention has revived interest in the 1938 Munich pact
between Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler and its use as an analogy
in foreign policy debates. Military historian Jeffrey Record
weighs in with Appeasement Reconsidered: Investigating the Mythology of the 1930s
. Michael Cairo examines how analogical reasoning
based on "the lesson of Munich" influenced the first Gulf War and Clinton's intervention in Kosovo. Juan Cole argues against "the crock of appeasement"
as applied to the Middle East, whereas MacGregor Duncan claims that the Munich analogy has caused us to underestimate the diplomatic value of appeasement
. Finally, Pat Buchanan claims the Islamo-fascist label is historically inaccurate
(or is he worried that non-Islamic fascists get a bad rap?).
Alexander von Humboldt
was a German naturalist, botanist and explorer. His
discoveries were many, and as such various animals
and geographic features
are named after him (even on the moon
). His writings
inspired many, and many foundations and scholarships exist with his name. One
of those he inspired, with great tales of the American frontier
(PDF) and Humboldt's
oft-used word "Lebensraum
", was Adolf Hitler (no link
needed). That may have been an influencing factor for the creation of the
outdoors-oriented Hitler Youth
, and even pushed Adolf into expanding to the vast unpopulated
expanses of Russia
, via Poland, of course
When Iranian paper Hamshahri (in Persian) launched a contest for Holocaust cartoons
, an Israeli group responded in turn
with a contest of their own
for cartoons that make fun of Jews
. Too bad it closed yesterday, or the Dutch branch
of the AEL could submit theirs
. (WARNING: some of the linked content may be offensive to readers' ethnicities, cultures, religions, or tastes.)
Adolf Hitler had the atom bomb first but it was too primitive and ungainly for aerial deployment, says a new book by German historian Rainer Karlsch
. The book indicates that Nazi scientists carried out tests of what would now be called a dirty nuclear device
in the waning days of World War II. US historian Mark Walker
, an expert on the Third Reich's atomic weapons program, supports Karlsch's claims: "I consider the arguments very convincing". More inside.
The colour scheme throughout this bright, airy chalet is a light jade green. In outside rooms, like the sun-parlour, chairs and tables are of white plated cane. Here Hitler will read the home and foreign papers which his own air-pilot, Hansel Baur, brings him every day from Berlin before lunch.
Homes & Gardens magazine gushes
over the Führer's Bavarian pad, circa 1938. (via boingboing)
Secrets of Hitler's forgotten library:
The Scotsman Has A Story on the many secrets still to be uncovered in what is left of Hitler’s library.
In historical terms, the German dictator and architect of the Holocaust may be remembered as a burner of books, but in life, Hitler loved the printed word and boasted a collection somewhere in excess of 16,000 volumes.
A friend from his teenage years, August Kubzieck, wrote: "I just can’t imagine Adolf without books. Books were his world." But generations of historians and biographers have ignored the remaining volumes of Hitler’s library, saying they represent only a fraction of the books he once owned and arguing that many were never touched by the Nazi leader.
You may have seen This One
in The Atlantic Monthly already.
Did perfume from a dress make T.S. Eliot so digress?
Or was it the scent of other men? A rash of biographies this year claim to have found closet homosexuals just about everywhere; Adolf Hitler
, G.F. Handel
, Friedrich Nietzsche
and T.S. Eliot are all suspected – largely without substantial evidence – of being gay. [more inside]
The Fuhrer stays in the picture. Max
, a movie
about Hitler's early years and his rise to power, premieres Monday at the Toronto Film Festival
. The controversial project
depicts the future dictator as an "emotionally poisoned man, but nonetheless human" rather than a simple caricature of evil, and owes its existence to the determination of star John Cusak (Noah Taylor of Shine plays Hitler) as well as its writer/director
. Many have already condemned the film, including Maureen Dowd (NYT link)
and the Jewish Defense League
. (Spielberg liked the script but bowed out early.) Is it possible, much less necessary, to portray the legendarily wicked as human beings without excusing their crimes?
- i wonder. take note of the nationality. a search for that name (Czarne Hitler) on google yielded lots of mostly polish discussions. any ideas?
Paul Verhoeven has hinted that he may go ahead an make a film about Adolf H. ""The idea would be to show that charisma is not identical with good. So basically you would see how a charismatic person would be able to seduce 50 or 60 million Germans"...he's not, however, certain that it will ever make it to the cinema...
Student reprimanded for dressing as Jesus for Hallowe'en
but students dressed as Satan and Hitlet are left alone. [via Fark
] (Gratuitous self-blog: Been there, done that, wore the muslin loincloth