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The day after Pat Buchanan wrote, ignoring inconveniences like historical fact and political precedent, that Hitler probably didn’t want to fight Europe and that World War II was probably Winston Churchill’s fault, comes the revelation that Hitler’s bodyguard was married to a Jewish woman.
Roseanne Barr as Hitler, Quentin Tarantino trailing a (satirical) Nazi recruitment film and now Rush Limbaugh says that President Obama’s logo is Nazi-like and that the Democratic party has some similarity of issues.
Fact One: People seem to have a lot more time on their hands than me.
Fact Two: Hitler is an excellent object of fun.
Photographs of Hitler that were literally buried underground are now available in snappy bright albums on Life Magazine’s Web site. Four themed Web galleries (intimate portraits, Hitler among the crowds, Hitler’s interiors, and Hitler’s childhood) contain images by Hitler’s personal photographer and close friend, Hugo Jaeger. The Web site is somewhat hard to navigate — reaching the end of one Web album prompts the disconcerting automated suggestion, “You might also like: Hitler, Up Close” — but the photographs themselves and the captions that accompany them are well worth the effort. Jaeger was among the first to pioneer the technology of color photography and Hitler once said, “The future belongs to color photography.” In this case, color photography owns the past as well. There’s something undeniably jarring about seeing Hitler’s ruddy pink cheeks rather than the usual grainy grey skin tone of the old textbook images.
In the second parking-related hubbub that has infuriated some Jews in about as many months, a YouTube clip that shows the likeness of Adolf Hitler enraged over a 250-shekel parking fine in Tel Aviv, has some Holocaust survivors up in arms. The parody, which borrows footage from “Downfall” — the 2004 movie about Hitler’s final days — shows the Nazi leader calling Tel Aviv’s municipal government “worse than the S.S.”
The Hitler of the parody goes on to complain to his deputies that “all of the money goes to this corrupted city council which for seven years is renovating the same meter-on-meter in Ibn Gavirol” — referring to a street in Tel Aviv.