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January 13, 2011

Breaking: Nazis Were Humorless Control Freaks

It's Old

In 1941, a Finnish businessman named Tor Borg trained his dog to raise it's paw (heil) in response to the verbal command 'Hitler.'

Well. Well, well well.
Mocking the Fuhrer?
This won't do.

In the months preceding Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, Berlin's Foreign Office commanded its diplomats in the Nazi-friendly country to gather evidence on the dog and its owner - and even plotted to destroy the owner's pharmaceutical business.

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Borg was ordered to the German Embassy in Helsinki and questioned about his dog's unusual greeting habits.

The businessman denied ever calling the dog by the German dictator's name, but acknowledged that his wife called the dog Hitler. He tried to play down the accusations, saying the paw-raising only happened a few times in 1933 - shortly after Hitler came to power.

Unbelievable. I love this story.

Fortunately, the secret rats witnesses backed out of testifying in court. Which is eminently sensible when you imagine how petty and stupid the testimony would have sounded.

This is why parody and mockery are the finest political weapons* ever devised. It is very hard to publicly prosecute a joker without making an ass of yourself in the process.

*Intended metaphorically. Any inadvertent absorption and/or use or misuse of the political atmosphere this martial verbiage creates is not attributable to this author, this blog, or the right wing in general. Fuck yourself.


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