Germany Under Nazis: 74 Horrendous Facts About Adolf Hitler

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26Hitler and Mannerheim recording

There is only one recording of Hitler’s voice where he is not giving a speech. It is a private conversation between himself and Finnish leader Mannerheim recorded in secrecy by a sound engineer in 1942.

27. Charlie Chaplin considered pulling the plug on his movie "The Great Dictator" because he was worried that it might be banned or that people might not find mocking Hitler funny. When he heard about this, FDR sent Chaplin a message, urging him to make the movie.

28. Although allied with Japan, Hitler had planned to go to war against the "Yellow People" of Asia in an ultimate showdown (WWIII?) between Nazis and the Japanese Empire to see who would truly dominate the world after an Axis Victory.

29. The Hitlers were early pioneers of southern Ohio, including a local dentist named Dr. Gay Hitler.

30. After Hitler ordered the arrest and deportation of Denmark’s Jewish population in 1943, Danish citizens organized a massive evacuation of the Jews to neutral Sweden, despite the risks. In the end, 99% of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust.

31Hitler's spy

Every single spy that Hitler thought he had in Britain was a double agent under British control.

32. Hitler whistled Disney’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” while overlooking the recently conquered city of Paris.

33. During WWII, the code word for "Hitler" was "Crazy white man" for the Comanche Code Talkers

34. In 1944, British submitted a full plan to kill Hitler during one of his routine, solitary walks. It was never carried out because Hitler was such a poor strategist that British realized his replacement could do a better job of defending from the Allies if he died.

35. The burnt remains of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were destroyed in 1970 by order of KGB head Yuri Andropov except for a few fragments of bone and skull, which were rediscovered in 1993. In 2009, DNA testing by University of Connecticut on the fragments confirmed they didn't belong to Hitler or Braun.

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36Hermann Göring

During the sentencing of his war crimes, Hermann Göring (one of Hitler's top officers) asked to be shot as a soldier and not hung as a common man. The court refused and instead he committed suicide with a potassium cyanide capsule smuggled into a fountain pen.

37. Hitler was arrested for High Treason in 1924, of which the punishment is usually execution. The judge granted him clemency; however, believing Hitler had good intentions.

38. “Reductio ad Hitlerum” is a term for trying to derail an argument by comparing it to Hitler’s or the Nazi party’s views.

39. Hitler’s doctor injected him with a solution of water and methamphetamine, which he called “vitamultin.” He kept a diary of the drugs he administered to Hitler, usually by injection (up to 20 times per day). The list included drugs such as heroin as well as poisons.

40. Hitler’s chief architect, Albert Speer, was an adherent of the “theory of ruin value”: the architectural goal of constructing buildings that later collapse into aesthetically pleasing ruins over the course of thousands of years.

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41Dietrich von Choltitz

In 1944, on the verge of the Liberation of Paris, Hitler ordered its governor to leave it in a “pile of rubble,” and destroy all religious and historical monuments. The Governor refused, saving Paris.

42. U.S. Congress brings up Hitler 7.7 times per month.

43. Hitler had captured Stalin’s son as a prisoner of war and offered to exchange him with a German Marshal prisoner. Stalin responded, “I will not trade a Marshal for a Lieutenant.”

44. Hitler was a creepy uncle to his Niece Geli Raubal, forbidding her to marry, having her accompanied everywhere and practically keeping her prisoner until she committed suicide in 1931, after which Hitler called her “The only woman he ever loved.”

45. In a poll of incoming Princeton University freshman in 1939, Adolf Hitler was chosen as the “greatest living person.” Albert Einstein who was a Princeton professor at the time came in second.

46Maternity leave extension

Under Hitler, wage-earners’ health care became unlimited, and maternity leave was extended to 12 fully paid weeks with job protection.

47. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

48. The tax office of Munich sent Hitler a fine of 405.494 Reichsmarks for not paying taxes nor properly declaring his income. Instead of paying the new Führer simply declared himself tax-exempt.

49. In WW2, an American popular culture trend resulted in people graffiti-ing “Killroy was here” across Europe, which convinced Hitler that Kilroy was a spy and Stalin even investigated trying to find out who Kilroy was.

50. Hitler was never elected. He lost the presidential election of 1932 before being appointed Chancellor in ‘33, succeeding Hindenburg upon his death in '34, thereafter abolishing the office of president entirely.


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