Hunting Hitler on the History Channel

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Blackjack, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. MikeKardec

    MikeKardec One Too Many

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    The "Hitler got away" story is fascinating mostly because of it's longevity. I suspect that it's a sort of story that is told simply because it WAS told, history as an Ouroboros (that snake eating its tail symbol). I may have said this a while back but "who cares if Hitler got away?" What was an interesting idea in the '60s or '70s is a non starter today. The man would be over 130 years old, certainly dead in his South American or South Asian hide-away if he actually made it out of Berlin. In the past 76 years he has had no further impact on history. In his case death is appropriate cosmic justice, but so is becoming inconsequential. Thank god but "nazi" has mostly become an empty epithet, an ugly accusation but not politically credible in it's old National Socialist sense. I enjoy these stories as much as anyone as STORIES but the interesting part is the human psychology that keeps them interesting. We grow to understand the world in stories. Our only way to see the future is through stories. Some stick with us because we are attuned to cautionary tales. That's good because there is a lot to be cautious about.
     
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  2. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom Call Me a Cab

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    Yes. And, of course, many people love a good conspiracy theory. Me too. See the Agents of F.L.A.S.K. Thread. …It only becomes problematic when people take it as more than a good yarn that sheds light on society’s hopes and fears. Some people truly believe these conspiracy theories because they crave having access/insight into an elite/secret truth that the masses don’t understand. It gives the conspiracy fellow-traveller a sense of power and superiority, even if mistaken. That’s why people smile nervously at these conspiracy theories. You can never be 100% sure if the teller just enjoys a good story or if he’s actually a bit off his rocker and maybe even dangerous.
     
  3. MisterCairo

    MisterCairo I'll Lock Up

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    I heard a rumour that Hitler died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 30 April 1945.

    Crazy, I know, right?
     
  4. Turnip

    Turnip One Too Many

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    Gestapo-Müller would have been the way more spooky robber pistol.
    I’m sure they’ll dig him out one sunny day constructing a new urinal somewhere near the former Prinz Albrecht Palais, similar to Martin Bormann.
     
  5. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom Call Me a Cab

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  6. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    Great article. Had forgotten some of these, and never heard of a few.
     

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