Monday, December 31, 2007

3 Stooges: You Natzy Spy!

The Three Stooges-You Nazty Spy

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"You Nazty Spy! is significant because it satirized the Nazis and the Third Reich and helped publicize the Nazi threat in a period when America was still neutral about World War II, and isolationist sentiment was prevalent among the public. During this period, isolationist senators such as Burton Wheeler and Gerald Nye objected to Hollywood films on grounds that they were anti-Nazi propaganda vehicles designed to mobilize the American public for war. According to the Internet Movie Database, You Nazty Spy! was the first Hollywood film to spoof Hitler. It was released nine months before the more famous Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator. Heavy publicity in Hollywood about Chaplin's planned film began to circulate in mid-1939, and may have helped serve as inspiration for the film. Much like the case of Chaplin, Moe Howard's physical resemblance to Hitler (when in makeup) was probably a key source of inspiration.

The Hays code discouraged or prohibited many types of political and satirical messages in films, requiring that the history and prominent people of other countries must be portrayed "fairly"; but short subjects may have been subject to less attention than feature films.

Another notable feature of You Nazty Spy! was the fact that it was implying business interests were behind the Nazi rise to power. This is probably reflective of a common belief amongst some Americans about the Nazis at the time."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Heiling Canine Seeks New Home

This is kind of a sad story. Some old Nazi named Roland in Berlin trained his dog to give the Roman Salute, and wound up in prison for 5 months on charges of displaying Nazi gestures, a heinous crime in Germany. Why he made the dog perform the trick in front of police remains unclear.

Earlier this year, Roland T. had told the tabloid Berliner Kurier that he would put Adolf to sleep because he could not afford the dog's pet food as a result of all the fines he had to pay. He said he planned to have the dog put down on April 30, 2008, the anniversary of Hitler's death. Roland T. also claimed that Adolf had been born on April 20, Hitler's birthday.

The dog, now renamed Adi, went back to the pound he was originally adopted from 8 years ago. However, pount officials say that Adolf does not actually indulge in unconstitutional behavior. "He doesn't make the Hitler salute, he just lifts his paw like any other dog. It's anatomically impossible for a dog to lift its paw that far."

A Kitten for Hitler

Ken Russell presents "A Kitten for Hitler" on, as mentioned EARLIER.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hitler's British Love Child

HITLER’S lovechild could be alive and well and living in Britain.

That is the incredible possibility raised about Unity Mitford – an English aristocrat who was infatuated with the Fuhrer.

Torn between love for her homeland and dedication to Hitler, Unity – who was 25 and living in Munich at the time – shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany in 1939.

She is then said to have lived as an invalid with her mother in the Cotswolds, moved to a Scottish island in 1944 and died as a result of her brain injury aged 33 in 1948.

But Martin Bright, writing in New Statesman magazine, has told of a phone call from a woman called Val Hann, suggesting more of a story.

“Her aunt, Betty Norton, had run a maternity home in Oxfordshire during the war and said that Unity Mitford had been one of her clients,” wrote Bright.

“Her aunt’s business, in the tiny village of Wigginton, had depended on discretion and she had told no one except her sister that Unity had a baby. Her sister had passed the story on to her daughter, Val.”

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

This week's Hitler Auction: Mein Kampf - Signed

Hitler's volume, which comes from the first edition of 500 copies, is inscribed to Major Schueler van Kriken and dated Dec. 10, 1925. The auction house has a presale estimate range of $8,000 to $12,000 for the book, which comes from the estate of a Jewish collector.

The book, which combined Hitler's political ideology and autobiography, would appeal to ``serious World War II collectors or Jewish collectors interested in the history of anti- Semitism,'' said Christina Geiger, Bonhams specialist for the sale.

UPDATE: Bidding closed at $18,000!