Adolf Hitler

'Hitler' the insubordinate Nazi saluting dog

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2011

A Nordic dog who answered to the name Hitler and was trained to make a Nazi salute was the subject of a high-level investigation by the German foreign office during the Holocaust.

Newly unearthed files have revealed that the paranoid German government saw the ability of Finnish businessman Tor Borg’s pet Jackie to make the Heil Hitler salute as an insult to the Nazi leader.

In 1941 Mr Borg was summoned to the German embassy in Helsinki to explain, while Finnish diplomats were commanded to compile evidence on the creature’s exploits.

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On this day: Hitler released from prison

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

In 1924 the future Nazi leader was locked up in the Landsberg prison in the German state of Bavaria.

He had been charged and convicted for high treason for attempting to seize power in Germany in the failed Munich Putsch coup the previous year. He spent 264 days behind bars in total.

It was in this period that Hitler wrote the book that would become the literary backbone to Nazi ideology: Mein Kampf, or My Struggle. It was written with the help of Rudolf Hess, his deputy, who had also been involved in the Putsch and sent to prison.

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Harrogate councillor who dressed as Hitler suspended

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2010

A council leader has been suspended from the Conservative party after a photograph of him dressed as Adolf Hitler emerged on Facebook.

Dr Mike Gardner, who was first elected in 1999 and is the leader of Harrogate Borough Council, was pictured giving a Nazi salute at a party in May.

The Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative Association has de-selected him and will investigate his conduct.

Dr Gardner said the party had been themed around dressing as a figure from the year you were born. He said: "I was born in the war. Hitler was an iconic figure."

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On this day: Nazi Germany pulls out of the League of Nations

By Jennifer Lipman, October 14, 2010

Developed in 1919 at the Paris peace conference, US President Woodrow Wilson hoped the League would ensure that the First World War truly was “the war to end all wars.”

Based on his Fourteen Points and rooted in the ideology of liberal internationalism, the League was supposed to go further than the Concert of Europe had in the 19th century. Its aim was to give all countries a voice, to promote self-determination and to unite the world.

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Turkish Tesco offers Nazi bargain

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2010

A British tourist has expressed his surprise at finding Nazi helmets on sale in a supermarket owned by Tesco.

Cambridge resident Lee Gillett came across the “black Nazi helmets” – on sale for just £8.50” – in a store in a Turkish seaside resort.

The helmets were being sold at a Kipa supermarket in the town of Bodrum. The Kipa chain was bought by Tesco in 2003.

Tesco, founded in 1919 by Jewish businessman Jack Cohen, started as a stall at Well Street Market in Hackney. The first Tesco store opened 13 years later in Burnt Oak.

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Blundering Berlusconi

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

Dipping the apple into the honey this year was Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who was among Rosh Hashanah guests of Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir in Rome. He assured his host of his strong friendship with Israel, especially after visits to Yad Vashem and Auschwitz.

Which didn't stop the elderly Lothario causing uproar a couple of days later when he attempted a "joke" about Hitler at a youth event: the Führer is discovered alive by supporters. "I will return," he tells them, "but on one condition... this time, I will be evil, right?"

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Top prize for 'Hitler' at Australian school

By Jennifer Lipman, August 27, 2010

The head teacher of an Australian school has issued an apology after awarding a child dressed as Adolf Hitler a prize for best costume.

At a fancy dress event at the Catholic primary school in Perth a pupil arrived dressed as the Nazi leader. Staff judged the costume, complete with swastika, as worthy of first place in the competition.

After parents complained about the decision the school sent out a letter of explanation, describing the costume and prize as “inappropriate.”

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Review: Young Hitler

By Monica Porter, August 12, 2010

By Claus Hant
Quartet, £25

German scriptwriter Claus Hant's "non-fiction novel", is an unusual book. First comes a 300-page fictionalised chronicle of how an itinerant would-be artist and sociopath rose to head up the nascent Nazi Party in 1920 and set himself on course to becoming the Führer, via the crucible of the First World War. This is followed by 150 pages of notes detailing the evidence on which the novel is based.

So, in effect, it is two books, involving much flipping back and forth.

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Adolf Hitler's parents lose custody appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

The parents of children named after Adolf Hitler and other Nazi figures have lost a custody battle.

Adolf Hitler Campbell, four, and his three-year-old sister JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, will not be returned to the care of their parents after an appeal was denied.

Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, 2, will also remain in foster care. The three children were removed from their family home in January 2009.

Their unusual names had drawn media attention when Wal-Mart refused to personalise Adolf’s birthday cake.

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German may be jailed for Hitler ring tone

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010

Grating mobile phone ringtones are the bane of every train passenger’s existence, but one carriage of Germans reported a particularly unsettling one.

Shocked listeners in Hamburg heard a phone ring several times to the tune of a speech made by Adolf Hitler calling for the “destruction of world Jewry”.

They reported the man to the police and he now faces up to six months in jail for using the hate speech as his ring tone.

The 54-year-old German was also found to have a photo of Hitler on his phone captioned “the greatest commander of all time”, as well as swastika stickers.

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