Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Hitler's paintings up for auction

Everyone knows that Hitler was an artist, before he had his mustard gas epiphany in WWI. I've always wondered what became of the postcards he painted in Munich. Well, someone managed to collect 19 of his watercolors and they went up for auction last September, fetching £118,000 (This is the equivalent of several billion dollars in the USA)

The auction was disrupted by Frank Sanazi, a Hitler impersonator. Accompanied by Aaron Barschak, the stand-up comedian who gate-crashed Prince William’s 21st birthday party dressed as Osama bin Laden, he yelled: “Six million. These aren’t Hitlers, they’re Mussolinis!” before a security guard escorted both men from the room.

Outside he said: “On a serious note I think it’s disgusting. The proceeds of this auction should go to the victims of the Holocaust and their families.”

The 6 million number always perturbs me. Why don't the other 5 million people that died in the camps matter to anyone? Is it because gays, commies, gypsies, Jehovah's witness, etc are still marginalized and disliked? Food for thought.

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