Who is that man over there? The one that just passed. No, don’t tell me you missed it. I’m certain it wasn’t Charlie Chaplin. But… Oh, heck! I’ll just go ahead and say it: I think I just saw Adolf Hitler. Even when you do see Hitler, at least in photographic representations, there is a lot that’s missing, that you don’t see in him. It is not just the mystery that surrounds him (of which there is nearly as much as with Elvis), but also the numerous strange things — dare I say — quirks that are known about him. I’m collecting the best of the best. Hesitantly, mind you; projects like this can be used to humanize tyrants and while I certainly agree that Hitler was human, these facts are not collected for that end. Instead, the list is working off a perverse interest in the unexpected. Much of what follows is extracted from A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler by Thomas Fuchs.

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He was a high school dropout

Juggling Hitler
photo: gifbin.com

He was a high school dropout. Not only that, but he repeated his sixth year and was rejected twice from art school. This takes the phrase “Hitler’s stupid” to a very different place. While absolutely agreeing that the man’s coming into power and the entire regime is stupid (in that ridiculous, horribly absurd way), there was a genius to his craft of speech to make people believe not only the insane things he claimed, but also that they could be achieved. That craft? As an orator. The root of a dictator is shared with dictate: a speaking role, a performing role.

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Artistic Ambitions

Artist: Grosz George
Artist: Grosz George

While having artistic ambitions, there are a lot of burgeoning movements that he simply couldn’t stand: cabaret, expressionism, and jazz music, for example. This contradiction can be accounted for by the ideological background of the artists that worked in each of the fields. Cabaret, for instance, was actively in political opposition to nazism and supported the free love of homosexuals, ineffectual citizens, and debauchery in general. Expressionism, like jazz, is not inherently political although the practitioners were in large part Jewish. Unlike jazz, the link to the artistic style and Jewish tradition is not apparent in expressionism (which doesn’t mean that Hitler’s hatred isn’t as well).

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Times Magazine announced Hitler the Man of the Year

Time Magazine - Hitler
Fun Fact – Hitler was featured in the Time magazine

In 1938, Times Magazine announced Hitler the Man of the Year — although political correctness has corrected this to Person of the Year. Joseph Stalin got it the following year, and then again in 1942 (aside from Winston Churchill and George W. Bush, the only person to win twice). Sure enough, Time has made some silly choices for the award, such as Middle Americans, Baby Boomers, the computer, and — my personal favorite — You, but Hitler! This comes well after the publication of Mein Kampf and its translation into English. Oh well, this can serve as a warning. To be the Person of the Year, you must have power, political or otherwise. Hitler is a good example of what evils power can spawn.

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Slept a lot

Adolf Hitler In Landsberg Prison
Adolf Hitler In Landsberg Prison

Next time you’re told off for staying in bed until 11 o’clock, just tell the one complaining that you’ll be a world leader one day because Hitler often woke at this time. Really, he did. Suffering from insomnia, it was quite normal for him to be up, busying himself by pacing diagonally in his room, giving himself (medical) enemas, or some other peculiar habit of his. The reported regular bedtime for him was around four or five in the morning. This is surprising given the success of his missions, but not altogether useless as a leader, for it teaches people to live around you.

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Hitler never took off his jacket in public

Hitler's Action Figure / Doll

For an orator, personal appearance is very important. As a result, Hitler never took off his jacket in public (presumably afraid of sweat marks), always wore pre-tied neckties (heaven forbid it should be out of place!), only wore full-length underwear (not so easily explained), etc. And since we’re here, we might as well take a bash at his mustache: no one could convince him that it didn’t work with the get-up. One day, he deluded himself, it will catch on because everyone will want to be like the Führer. I personally think it suits Chaplin much better.

27 COMMENTS

  1. Hitler was never vegetarian. This is a common error made but various biographers including those who knew the dictator knew he was fond to Bavarian sausages, game pie and even the odd stuffed pigeon!

    • Let me guess – you’re a Commietarian… uh… vegetarian, right? And it upsets you that Hitler was too? Yes, if you check Wikipedia, known for their left-of-center bias (so if anything they’d agree with you), the evidence clearly shows that Hitler, at least during the WW2 time-frame (the last few years of his life) was an ardent vegetarian.

      But keep dreaming if that makes you feel better.

      • I agree with you, every place that I have looked up has shown that Hitler was a vegetarian… I used to be though…

    • Hitler became a vegetarian towards the end of his life. He was not a life-long vegetarian, and he was not terribly strict about it (he occasionally ate caviar or a slice of ham).

    • Plenty of pics of him hoarking down meat. But he would shame others when they ate meat. It was all about control & appearing to be in control.

  2. Everyone always talks about Hitlers mustache but no one realizes that Hitler didn’t like his toothbrush( yes that is what they called it) mustache, he loved his ‘Kaiser’ mustache but he was ordered during WW1 by his superiors to shave off his huge Kaiser ‘stache and wear toothbrush ‘stach so the gas masks that they wore would fit better, Hitler kept the toothbrush ‘style after the war to constantly remind people that he was a soldier in the trenches during WW1 and was the victim of a gas attack by the allies during the ‘great’ war, he was actually blinded for several weeks at the end of the war and was in a hospital recovering from the gas attack when the war ended.

    Another odd thing about Hitler was he was somewhat of an animal rights activist and despised people who mistreated animals, I think he always had a German shepherd named Blondie with him everywhere he went.

    • If you look at photos of WW1 soldiers you will see lots of pictures of Germans full moustaches, the toothbrush moustache was simply a style of the time, look up Rudolf Berthold, a German pilot who sports the same moustache, and he never had to wear a gas mask.

      Furthermore, pictures of Hitler in WW1 show him with a full moustache.

  3. Hitler, a vegetarian ? He may have been, but it is also known that he liked cream puffs, and ate them constantly. As for as him being a real Don Juan type, I have my doubts about that.

    Historically, on record anyway, he didn’t have but a couple of relationships with women, and one of them he was related to which you mentioned, and he forced her to do sexual acts according to the info I found and forced her to stay hidden away from the general public, which is why she committed suicide. He probably paid off his last and only mistress, for political reasons. And it was never a fact he even married her, it was only said that he did in his and hers last days in an underground bunker. He may have been a seducer of women, but I doubt he got much.

  4. These facts are interesting in a fun kind of way, however, some of them really need an explanation. When Hitler was put on the cover of TIME it was because he had brought Germany back from the brink of a civil war to a major industrial power in a matter of two decades. If he had stopped there and not pushed into neighboring countries, he would have gone down in history as one of the best leaders the world had ever seen.

    He wasn’t a player either. He was a man with power who had a few relationships and lovers. Hell, I probably had more one night stands than Hitler.

    Hitler was the embodiment of the super politician. He contradicted himself so much that no two biographies on the man are the same. I don’t know how much of these facts I believe or not, but the ones I know to be true are that he was a school dropout, he was an artist, he was on the cover of TIME, he had insomnia, and he was afraid of blades (mainly because he never knew who was out to get him).

    • I forgot to mention that in the last three years of his life Hitler did become a vegetarian. It wasn’t really because he loved the animals so much, but rather because he was suffering from ailments and he thought a vegetarian diet could help him rid of these.

  5. As usual, lies everywhere. He was no doubt a very conservative man with good personality. He was a man of discipline and honour.

  6. A regular man with odd peculiarities and who became evil in the course of his life. Most of these are half-truths, meaning the basic is true but a lot of the explanation and such is not. Hitler was not a Don Juan nor did he invent blow up dolls. I’m not sure if it was even the first instance of blow up dolls, but Heinrich Himmler instituted in the SS blow up dolls as a substitute for prostitutes. Sex with Untermensch was one fear, but so was the venereal disease. I don’t think Hitler had anything to do with it.

  7. This whole list is highly suspect. The videotape wasn’t invented until 1951 — 6 years after Hitler’s suicide! And even then it wasn’t available for home use for almost 20 years after that! Epic fail, Alistgator.

    • Don’t take the word ‘videotape’ literally. No doubt the author meant ‘film’ which… PG, you’ve probably seen FILMS of Hitler’s speeches from school. But, hey… at least, you know when videotape was invented. And isn’t that the important part?

  8. He was a vegetarian. It was proven that by the end of the Holocaust he became one but he was not a dedicated vegetarian he sometimes ate a slab of ham or sometimes some steak.

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