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Still here…

Still here...

Christmas has come and gone, and January is almost at an end… There has been plenty to write about this year, but I’ve been busy with other projects elsewhere. Lunchtimes have not been long enough, there is just too much to write about to the point where you are left wondering where to start, and I have been trying to accelerate my Schwarz und Weiß project. If you are interested in football, just click on through – if not, just click through anyway as it will help boost my rankings.
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Ah, zoze Frenchies, hein?

Ah, zoze Frenchies, hein?

Although the Daily Mail continues to publishly frequent Nazi-related stories almost without fail, I have to admit that I have got rather bored of them. It’s just a case of the same old Scheisse, really: if it’s not some comical old wives’ tale about Josef Mengele’s long lost brother being found living among primitive tribes in Borneo, then it’s some story of some spectacular saluting dog called Adolf. Read the rest of this entry »

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And that, meine Freunde, is the hat-trick.

And that, meine Freunde, is the hat-trick.

Or should I say cat-trick… Yawn.

Yes, having made a very small allusion to this the other day whilst commenting on the silly “Hitler House” story, the good old Daily Mail delivers… By devoting an entire article to… Yes, cats that look like Hitler! You heard that right, folks – the hacks at the Britain’s most mockable tabloid have finally “discovered” the long-running website devoted to these feline Führers! Read the rest of this entry »

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DM Nazi Story of the Week: 01.04.2010

DM Nazi Story of the Week: 01.04.2010

I thought we were going to finally be able to have a week pass without a photo of the Führer in the Daily Mail… Monday, Tuesday… Nothing. Wednesday… Nada. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week, part… Oh, I’ve lost count…

Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week, part... Oh, I've lost count...

Yep, we have yet another Daily Mail silly article based on yet another book offering a “new” take on an yet another age-old story. Anyone who knows anything about the history of Nazi Germany, the Second World War or Adolf Hitler would be more than aware of the fact that the Führer was a notorious hypochondriac with a long list of real and very much made up medical problems – something that was readily taken advantage of by an equally long list of charlatans and cranks – and we have now been served up with the lurid “revelation” that Hitler hated going to the dentist.

Not such a big deal, really – who really can claim to enjoy going to the dentist? So, one might rightly ask, why is this such a big story that the Daily Mail finds the need to run it? Oh, it’s Hitler – someone whom to the hacks at Mail Towers is still as very real as the X-Factor and as very much alive as Jordan.

As for Menevse Deprem-Hennen, the author who has wasted their time writing about these banal Führer-facts, they could have found a better way to spend their time. Hitler has been well and truly studied (and more recently, sensationalised) to death, and I truly believe that anything that can be written about him has been written. Those of us who have studied the life of the Nazi leader will know that the “controversial” historian David Irving wrote about his dental issues and problems with halitosis over thirty years ago; quite simply, there is nothing new. No more exclusive stories. No more drama. It’s a dead duck.

Yet the Daily Mail is so fascinated by the Führer that they churn out stories on him on a regular basis – so much so that this story was actually one of three Hitler-related stories this week, the other two focussing on the theory that his anti-semitism was driven by grief over the death of his mother and what things might have been like had he been spirited out of wartorn Berlin by Hanna Reitsch.

Mr. A. Hitler, last seen in a Paraguyan jungle...

A certain Mr. A. Hitler, last seen in a Paraguyan jungle...

I for one have seen far too many of these rather cheap “alternative history” scenarios; while early pieces that covered this subject were genuinely interesting and based on fairly extensive research, more recent efforts have been little more than rehashed guff. In fact much of what has been written on Hitler since the mid-1980s has been placed more on salacious tidbits than what might otherwise be described as rather boring facts; rather than bore us with what might have driven Hitler to invade the USSR in 1941, modern authors and publishers would instead serve up fantastic scenarios of the aging Führer living among the Inuits in some igloo in Greenland or unverifiable tales of his sexual peccadilloes.

I’d actually go so far as to wager that author Guy Walters has in all likelihood paid the Daily Mail to publicise his book and pass it off as some sort of historical interest story; unless I was the photoshop expert who was commissioned to create the computer-generated image of what Hitler would have looked like in the 1960s – complete with the oversized and out of place Iron Cross First Class – I cannot see how anyone can gain anything from the publication of this rubbish.

Even basic facts are ignored – for example Walters has Reitsch’s lightweight Fieseler Storch flying at 20,000 feet when it had a maximum ceiling of 17,060 feet or 5,200 metres – and this forgetting the fact that this optimum height have only been sustainable with the weight of one pilot.

Maybe it was a special “Führer modelle”, or something…

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Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week… Part 348343

There I was, thinking that I might be let down and that a full seven days might go by without a Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week... when Caroline sends me a link to this wonderful piece of journalistic discovery…

Has historian finally discovered real reason for Hitler’s obsessive hatred of Jews?

I won’t bother to quote any of this drivel here, but will only state that the claims are far from original, and yet another case of “same old”. Dull. Boring. Repeated ad nauseum. Cooked to death, und so weiter. Oh, and yet another excuse for the Mail’s oh-so-busy specialist Nazi history editor (lol) to get to use boringly familiar stock photograph of the gates at Birkenau. I guess he’s earned his Friday afternoon drink, eh?

Oh well, at least it provides me with a macabre source of entertainment to brighten what has so far been a very busy day.

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