Adolf Hitler

NHS staff rate Hitler's 'coolness'

By Jessica Elgot, May 11, 2010

NHS staff have been asked to rate how “cool” Adolf Hitler was and to compare him to their chief executive, in a "disturbing" survey about leadership.

The survey, entitled ‘Making Leadership Cool’ is part of a £10,000 project of NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

It was sent to 3,300 staff at the West Midlands Ambulance service, who were asked to compare Hitler’s “coolness” with Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Fabio Capello and Winston Churchill.

They were then asked to compare Hitler with their own chief executive Ian Cumming.

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Ecclestone: Hitler's actions were 'unnecessary'

By Jessica Elgot, March 16, 2010

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One motor racing, has described the Holocaust as “at best disgusting. And unnecessary”.

In July last year Mr Ecclestone was forced to make a public apology for comments to the Times where he appeared to praise Hitler’s leadership and his ability to “get things done”.

He later apologised in an interview with the JC, in which he said: “I never supported Hitler, I don’t think there’s anybody in this world who could support Hitler and the atrocities they [the Nazis] carried out.”

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Freud's Hitler painting to be auctioned for £10k

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2010

A painting by Adolf Hitler which may have hung in Sigmund Freud’s office is to be auctioned in Britain.

The starting price for the watercolour, signed “A.Hitler, 1910”, is £10,000.

Art experts believe the painting, of a church in the mountains, may have hung in psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s office in Vienna before he fled to London in 1938 to escape the Nazis. The painting has ‘Studio Medico Sigmund Freud Vienne’ written on the back.

Both Freud and Hitler lived in Vienna at the same time; the Austrian-born Hitler lived there while trying to make a living as a painter.

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Oliver Stone: "Hitler was a scapegoat"

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010

A new project from the Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone will aim to “correct” 20th century historical "inaccuracies", including his belief that Adolf Hitler was a scapegoat.

The Natural Born Killers director is putting together a ten-hour crash course on the history of the last century for American TV channel Showtime, Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America.

Launching his series in Pasadena, California, Mr Stone said: "Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply.

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Chamberlain's Hitler plane ticket discovered

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

The plane ticket used by Neville Chamberlain to fly to Munich to meet Adolf Hitler in 1938 is being auctioned for an estimated £7,000.

A faded ticket, dated September 29 1938, has been discovered among the possessions of the late George William Denny, one of the founders of British Airways, and reveals that Chamberlain flew to Munich at 8.30am on ticket 18249 on private airline company, British Airways Ltd.

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Collins apologises for Hitler-birthday diary

By Leon Symons, October 8, 2009

The maker of one of the country’s most popular diaries has pledged that it will never again use Hitler’s birthday as an “interesting fact of the day”.

The April 20 entry in the Collins Debden 2009 diary was spotted by central London art gallery owner Helly Nahmad. But his initial complaint to the company went unanswered so this week he wrote again. The second time the company responded and has now said that the reference was not in next year’s diary and would not appear again.

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Jackson: I could have changed Hitler

By Jessica Elgot, September 25, 2009

Michael Jackson spoke of his admiration and love for Hitler “the showman”, newly discovered recordings have revealed.

Jackson, who died in June aged 50, recorded over 30 hours of conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach eight years ago.

He spoke of his belief that he could have rehabilitated Hitler and said: “Hitler was a genius orator. To make that many people turn and change and hate he had to be a showman and he was.”

Rabbi Boteach replies: "You believe that if you had an hour with Hitler you could somehow touch something inside of him?"

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Call to lift German Mein Kampf ban

By Jessica Elgot, August 6, 2009

Germany’s main Jewish representative organisation has renewed its efforts to overturn the state’s ban on publishing Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Stephan Kramer, secretary-general of the Central Council for Jews in Germany has called for the publication of a scholarly edition of the book, with footnotes challenging Hitler’s assertions, claiming it would prevent black market printing of the book where neo-Nazi groups profit.

Mr Kramer also argued that continuing to ban the book would glamorise it, and that Germans were sophisticated enough to make up their own minds.

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Smile Hitler. The Nazis invade trainspotters’ day out

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2009

Organisers of a Second World War re-enactment event have apologised after some participants breached its dress code and sported swastikas.

Men in German military uniforms were seen displaying the Nazi emblems at the East Lancashire Light Railway’s annual “wartime weekend” in Bury.

But Andy Coward, the railway’s general manager, said that such insignia were off-limits and people would have been asked to remove them if they had been spotted.

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Hitler's paintings sale

April 29, 2009

A collection of 13 paintings by Adolf Hitler sold at auction last week for more than £95,000, far more than expected. They were painted between 1908 and 1914, when Hitler had ambitions to become a full-time artist.

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