Friday, October 31, 2008

Hitler Mask: Happy Halloween!

Hitlers are definitely appropriate for Halloween costumes.
Mask by Willers! They make a bunch of other really cool masks as well.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Adolf Hitler & the Volkswagen

Sitting at a restaurant table in Munich in the summer of 1932, Hitler designed the prototype for what would become the immensely successful Beetle design for Volkswagen (literally, the "car of the people"). In an era where only the most economic elite possessed cars, Hitler believed that all people should be able to own a car and additionally thought that a smart design could allow for reliability, enjoyment, and vacation travel. The name given to the car in 1938 was Kraft durch Freude (KdF-Wagen, literally "strength through joy car").

Hitler gave his design to the head of Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin, and stressed its importance. "Take it with you and speak with people who understand more about it than I do. But don't forget it. I want to hear from you soon, about the technical details."

From the Hitler Historical Museum

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hitler in the Comics: Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika

Archie comics had or has a separate line of Christian comics called "Spire Christian Comics". The art is the fantastic quality of Archie, with the hyper bold colors & great clear cartooning. Hansi makes for a great read, check out the link below for the online version of it.
"Someday i'll be youth leader for the fuhrer!"

Here is a bunch of these comics online in pdf format. Including Hansi.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hitler in the Comics: Beano

If Hitler's magic telescope hadn't stopped working, he would have won WWII! This one's from the Beano.

Not Hitler related, but look at this awesome Beano/Dennis the Menace novelty gag pack! Totally cool!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hitler in the Comics: National Comics

Hitler being punched into a swastika shape by Uncle Sam. Apparently this actually happened at one point during WWII.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hail the Hatchet

Zbynek Zeman mentions this image in Selling the War - Art and Propaganda in World War II, Exeter Books, New York, 1978. He says, "After Hitler's attack on the USSR on 22 June 1941, there was no need for the Soviets to make new organizational arrangements for the conduct of their propaganda. As before, the agitprop department of the central committee was responsible for propaganda at home: it kept in touch with the 7th Department of Political Administration of the Red Army in Moscow, which was responsible, together with the lower-level political organs of the army, for the conduct of propaganda to the enemy.

The political detachments of the Red Army were equipped with stationary and mobile printing presses; they concentrated on leaflet propaganda aimed at the enemy and his morale. With the establishment of the front-line organization 'Free Germany,' Soviet propaganda to the enemy moved into a higher gear. For instance the picture postcard entitled 'Heil Beil', which depicted Hitler's face as an axe, was effective and, in a gruesome way, funny. This was 'black propaganda,' since the provenance of the postcard purported to have been OKW Offsetdruck Leipzig."


Saturday, October 11, 2008

What is Behind Hitler's Mask?

"As long as my fathers intention of making me a civil servant encountered only my theoretical distaste for the profession, the conflict was bearable. Thus far, I had to some extent been able to keep my private opinions to myself; I did not always have to contradict him immediately. My own firm determination never to become a civil servant sufficed to give me complete inner peace. And this decision in me was immutable. The problem became more difficult when I developed a plan of my own in opposition to my father's. And this occurred at the early age of twelve. How it happened, I myself do not know, but one day it became clear to me that I would become a painter, an artist. There was no doubt as to my talent for drawing; it had been one of my father's reasons for sending me to the Realschule, but never in all the world would it have occurred to him to give me professional training in this direction. On the contrary. When for the first time, after once again rejecting my father's favorite notion, I was asked what I myself wanted to be, and I rather abruptly blurted out the decision I had meanwhile made, my father for the moment was struck speechless.
' Painter? Artist? '
He doubted my sanity, or perhaps he thought he had heard wrong or misunderstood me. But when he was clear on the subject, and particularly after he felt-the seriousness of my intention, he opposed it with all the determination of his nature. His decision was extremely simple, for any consideration of w at abilities I might really have was simply out of the question.
'Artist, no, never as long as I live!' But since his son, among various other qualities, had apparently inherited his father' s stubbornness, the same answer came back at him. Except, of course, that it was in the opposite sense."
from Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hitler on a train

Adolf Hitler looks out the window of a train. (May 25, 1935)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hitler and friends paper puppets

All your favorite baddies as jointed paper puppets.
Lots more great WWII anti-Axis and home front stuff here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hitler action figure

With serious and shouting heads. You can get lots of Nazi action figures here.