Not PC I know - but are ANY of these?
Not PC? Or do you mean not unPC? In any case, the idea of turning a ranting Hitler into a cute little figure of fun is utterly appalling and has great appeal. Up he goes. If you watch him I think you'll find he's spotted someone in the crowd...
Posted on: 3 March 2006, 9:24am
Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine's 'Man of the Year' in 1938*. Just like Henry Kissinger in 1972 (shared with Nixon). Neither have stood trial for war crimes.
*To be fair, this honour is given to someone who "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year."
**A footnote to a footnote: Then again, let's not forget that Hitler was widely esteemed in pre WWII America (and elsewhere), not just by the likes of Joe Kennedy and Henry Ford but also by the thousands who flocked to nazi rallies modelled after the Nurenberg extravaganzas. Hitler was seen to have reinvigorated a Germany hit hard first by defeat in WWI and then by unemployment and hyperinflation in the wake of the depression (though much of this claimed economic success may have been unsustainable or even illusory). Fascism was seen by many in Europe and America as more effective than the failing democracies set up at the end of WWI.
This was also a world where anti-semitism was rife - there were US congressional investigations into the 'problem' of the Jewish influence in the film industry, and Jewish refugees from Germany were not welcomed by other countries. The 1938 Evian conference, initiated by President Roosevelt to look into the refugee problem, failed even to pass a resolution condemning German treatment of the Jews.
With this background I would be interested to read the citation when Hitler was nominated Time's 'Man of the Year'. I'm also curious whether the qualification "for better or worse" was added to the conditions for receiving the honour after the beginning of WWII.
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