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Toby Jones played Hitler. Utpal Dutt 's Bengali play Barricade is set in the time that Hitler is rising to power. In Archer it is highly implied that Dr. Krieger is a clone of Adolf Hitler and one of the Boys from Brazil. Hilter" sic is portrayed by John Cleese in a Monty Python sketch as staying with his friends Ron Vibbentrop Von Ribbentrop and Reg Bimmler Himmler at a boarding house in Somerset and being introduced to other guests by the landlady as they plot the reunification of Taunton and Minehead.
Heil Honey I'm Home! Eight episodes were produced, but only one, the pilot, was ever broadcast in , as both television executives and the viewers alike thought the show in deplorably bad taste. In the Australian satirical comedy show The Chaser's War on Everything , comedian Andrew Hansen enters the offices at Foxtel dressed as Adolf Hitler to complain about the removal of the documentary Hitler's War by David Irving , claiming "you can't just kill something off because you disagree with it! I did, but you can't! In the British BBC sci-fi comedy TV show, Red Dwarf episode " Meltdown ", the main characters find a matter changing device that allows them to travel anywhere in space.
They end up traveling to a planet called Wax-world a Wax-Droid theme park that has been abandoned for millions of years, during which time the droids have broken their programming and now the inhabitants of Villain World are waging war against Hero World. Two of the crew end up materializing in Villain World at their main command, the Third Reich. In the command room are Hitler and his high command which capture the two men. In another episode, " Timeslides ", a mutated developing fluid creates photographs that the crew can walk into, Lister enters a photograph of Hitler and accidentally saves his life when he steals Hitler's briefcase, which contains a bomb a reference to the July 20 Plot.
Hitler also appears in the British television series Misfits , which features superpowers, one of which being time travel. An elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor uses the power to travel back in time and kill Hitler; he fails, and Hitler finds his mobile phone, allowing the Nazis to overthrow Britain.
At the end, Kelly, a main character in the show, obtains the time travel power and returns to Nazi Germany to take the phone from Hitler. Hitler also appears in the Australian television series Danger 5 , about five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler. In " The Man in the Bottle ," a man Luther Adler who has been granted four wishes by a genie wishes himself to be a leader of a country who cannot be voted out of office, only to find he is Hitler and it is the end of World War II. He quickly uses his final wish to be restored to normal. In an episode of the Twilight Zone called " Cradle of Darkness ", another time traveler Katherine Heigl goes back in time to kill Hitler as an infant while disguising herself as the new housekeeper.
She kidnaps the infant Hitler and leaps from a bridge, killing herself and the baby. A horrified housekeeper, who has been following her and had witnessed the murder, does not tell Hitler's parents because of fear of death as punishment, but rather bribes a gypsy to sell her baby. The baby is then returned to the Hitler household where he takes his place to become the Hitler that the world knew. Hitler appears in the three-parter episode of Justice League entitled "The Savage Time," where he is overthrown and cryogenically frozen by Vandal Savage , Savage having learned how to win the war from his future self.
After Savage is defeated by the Justice League , Hitler is thawed and reinstated as Germany's dictator. Throughout the story, many characters including Hitler's own subordinates often refer him being a tyrannical lunatic indicate the episode's casts and crew's contempt for him behind the scene. In the animated series Code Monkeys , Hitler is also cryogenically frozen in carbonite, in reference to Han Solo and is kept secret by the Hitler family, and the Gamevision crew is invited there because of the game that Dave makes. Dave and Black Steve accidentally unfreeze Hitler, and they torture him by urinating on him.
Hitler is then killed. In the two-part episode Hitler's Secret Weapon in the British s sci-fi series The Tomorrow People , Hitler is revealed to be not only still alive but an Alien metamorph, capable of brain-washing young people to obey his wishes. A previous first season episode, The Medusa Strain had indicated Hitler was a time traveler from the future named A. In the twelfth season of Supernatural , the episode " The One You've Been Waiting For " sees protagonists Dean and Sam Winchester confronting a group of Nazi mystics who had trapped Hitler's soul in a watch before his death, only to lose it after the war.
The watch is eventually recovered in , but after Hitler is reborn in the body of the cult leader, it is revealed that he has been driven insane by his decades of confinement, and is shot in the head by Dean in the final confrontation. After his passing away, the Greater Nazi Reich holds a period of mourning, and pin his death as an assassination by the Japanese Empire.
Thus, an implied new era of peace and tranquility between the Japanese Empire and the Greater Nazi Reich is started. In Beyond Castle Wolfenstein , the goal of the game is to infiltrate Hitler's bunker and kill Hitler and his senior staff with a bomb, similar to the July 20 plot. Wolfenstein 3D features Hitler as the final boss of Episode 3. He battles first wearing a mechanical battlesuit, then later carries two miniguns after the suit is heavily damaged.
In addition, the map features Hitler-clones with flamethrowers that can be found before the final battle. Blazkowicz meets an elderly, sickly Adolf Hitler with evident signs of suffering from dementia while on an undercover mission in the planet Venus. In the game Call of Duty: World at War , at the end of a victorious multiplayer match when playing as the German Army , when the march song is played the background Hitler can also be heard saying during it "Vor uns liegt Deutschland, in uns marschiert Deutschland, und hinter uns kommt Deutschland! The point and click adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade features an interactive meeting between the player and Adolf Hitler.
The player can ask Hitler to give him an autograph on a book or a free pass, or can punch Hitler which results in Indiana's death. When one of his clones is shot during the final boss fight, its head will fly towards the screen to attack the player, clearly resembling him. The last boss of the game is Hitler, who is resurrected by evil scientists. In the US version of the game, the name of the boss was changed to Master-D, in order to appease Nintendo's censorship policies, although he still resembles Hitler.
In the modern remake Bionic Commando: Rearmed , the same character appears and though still clearly resembling Hitler, is never named. Hitler is the main antagonist in Operation Darkness. Small roles for Hitler are in Snoopy vs. Here the world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein had traveled back in time and chronoshifted or "deleted from time" Hitler before his rise to power. The resulting power vacuum led to the Soviet Union invading Europe with Joseph Stalin assuming a role very similar to Hitler's. Germany then joins the Allies in the battle against the Soviet Union, and the general who gives the player's orders in the video sequences is German.
A new chancellor comes to power and under his rule, Operation Sea Lion succeeds and Nazi Germany successfully conquers Britain. Instead of committing suicide, he was killed by the Assassins. The recent update on the Xbox can have players create avatars that also can resemble Hitler. So far, Microsoft has not banned anyone from using Hitler-like avatars. In the game The Saboteur , excerpts from Hitler's speeches play over loudspeakers throughout a Nazi-occupied Paris during several cutscenes.
Furthermore, he wields the Lance of Longinus , referred to as the Spear Of Destiny which the real Adolf Hitler had an interest in possessing , and plans to raise the ship Xibalba from beneath Sumaru City and awaken the Bolontiku, who guided the evolution of apes to man and will guide the evolution of man to the ultimate being, "Idealian". In EC Comics ' Weird Fantasy 14 story Exile , Earth is revealed to be a penal planet where all people with the "evil" gene are sent and they are transporting their latest prisoner and speculating on his influence on the prison planet just as it is revealed he is Adolf Hitler.
DC Comics feature Hitler on several occasions. In Strange Adventures , in issue 3 December January , there is a story in which Hitler is captured by space aliens just before his attempted suicide. A fake corpse is left for the SS to find. As punishment for Hitler's crimes, he is imprisoned for life alone on a rocket ship which will travel through space until he dies the rocket ship can automatically manufacture its own food for him ; during his waking hours, he is forced to listen to an endless loop recording of all the speeches he has ever made.
The character known as the Unknown Soldier , who first appeared in June , kills Hitler, impersonates him for a short time, then pretends his death was a suicide. Planning to give the clone the same persona as the original, Bedlam gives him a mentally retarded Jewish maid, several films of the Holocaust, and a handgun, Bedlam's intention being for the clone to embrace Nazism and ultimately murder the maid to "prove himself" as Hitler.
Instead, the clone—realizing his connection to the atrocities he views— commits suicide. Now pretending to be a superhero called Dynaman, he plots in resurrecting Nazi ideals with the aid of the Ultra-Humanite. He possessed a magical item, the Spear of Destiny , which gave him control over superpowered beings that entered Nazi territory, an explanation for why the Justice Society of America did not enter Berlin and end the war.
He was shown to have helped in the creation of super-strong Arayn supervillain Captain Nazi. He is shown cryogenically frozen by Vandal Savage , who has replaced him as Fuhrer, not just of Germany, but the whole world. He is never named, but the character's identity is unmistakable. His body ruined, the brain is transplanted to the body of a large gorilla.
Suffering amnesia and calling himself Brainiape, the chimera possesses great psionic powers and joins the Chicago, IL criminal organization known as the Vicious Circle , eventually becoming its leader. He remembers his past only in when he encounters Hellboy again, alongside the Vicious Circle's enemy, the meta-talented policeman called Dragon. The ape body is killed, and it is revealed that Hitler's brain had mutated and could live unaided by any technology or host body, ambulatory on tiny legs.
Marvel Comics ' villain Hate-Monger is revealed to be the consciousness of Hitler transferred to a cloned body by Nazi scientist Arnim Zola.
The original Hitler, rather than committing suicide, was confronted by the Human Torch and his sidekick Toro after Eva Braun committed suicide. The two heroes set Hitler ablaze as he attempted to set off a bomb. As he died, he commanded one of his loyal followers nearby to tell the world he had committed suicide. The clone is killed in Fantastic Four 21 when the Invisible Girl makes him hit his own troops with his hate-ray, causing them to shoot him for getting them into a battle with the Fantastic Four.
At the time of his death he was planning to start wars using a ray which caused hatred and to which only he possessed the antidote to, having started with a South American country. He preached ideas of bigotry also while in America. In another story, Hitler is seen in the Hellish realm of the demon Mephisto. In Weird War Tales 58 "Death of a dictator" Hitler kills a raving man dressed in rags before going into suspended animation in the belief history will repeat and he will be able to rebuild the Third Reich.
The story ends with our Hitler with long hair being killed in exactly the same manner the raving man dressed in rags was. The final panel reveals that the scientist was all too correct in that history would repeat as our Hitler's killer looks exactly like he did originally and he is going to his suspended animation chamber and these events will replay themselves In the Spanish comic series Hitler , published in Spain by Mercocomic and in France by Elvifrance , Hitler fakes his death by using a double, escapes Germany along with Martin Bormann both disguised as Russian soldiers , then suffers from amnesia and, of all things, becomes an agent of the KGB with the mission of hunting down Nazis.
Later on in the story, he recovers his memory and ends up in an asylum for the mentally disturbed. The strip included a sequence of episodes in which the story's hero Charley and his unit are stationed opposite the regiment of young Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler in December Charley and Hitler fight hand-to-hand in one scene, nearly killing each other.
Hitler is portrayed as a somewhat eccentric and scruffy soldier, ill-tempered but brave, albeit selfishly so. Hitler was mentioned in Hellsing created the Millennium group.
The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him. A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil was loyal to the Fuehrer before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Luftwaffe air force. Emil's friends Moritz and Johann discover a shortwave radio and everything changes.
Now they listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports that tell both sides. Now they know the truth. The boys along with Johann's sister Katharina, band together to write out the reports and covertly distribute flyers through their city. It's an act of high treason that could have them arrested - or worse. As the war progresses, so does Emil's affection for Katharina. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by her side.
But when Germany's losses become immense, even their greatest resistance can't prevent the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front. I read Playing with Matches 2 years ago and just recently received an advanced copy of the audiobook. It was such a great opportunity to hear the accents for the German characters. It made me more aware of the main characters' young ages. I was once again convinced that wars are the worst solutions for political disagreements. It is the poorest people who pay the highest price for wars. Also thanks to Bruce Wiebe for the touching narration.
This book was written well and researched for the history of the common people's experiences. I am not a fan of books about the war, but I have to admit that this one was informative as well as interesting. I decided to try this one with the main character was a young boy who at first wanted to be one of Hitler's youth but changes occur. This book is different in that we see things from a German family. What do they think about this evil trying to take over the world?
What do they do to survive? What does the young boy do. I have a friend whose family was from East Germany and I learned many things I had no idea of. I really enjoyed listening to this book, hearing about the people left in Germany. It's never enjoyable to think about what happened during this time period but this book was enlightening since it showed how hard it was to be German at the time also. This book takes you into the mind of a young boy and in his family and their home.
Glad their was a happier ending even though we know the reality was not so happy. Great read! This should be a required book for young adults to read so they will know how bad a war can be. Still don't know why the author picked that title. I received the audible version of this for free when I purchased the kindle version on amazon prime. I am so glad I chose to listen rather than read it.
I read slowly and feel it would have hindered the way the authors story was meant to be told. The narrator has the perfect timing and pitch yo bring an already excellent story to life. The author brings the helpless feeling and confusing pull of war to life. The horrors pushing the innocence of youth away, while still showing how inexperience allows for hope to grow. The small braveries, and devastating losses are softened by her touch. The voice allows us to feel all of this, while pulling us further into the path of history.
A great listen and a wonderful insight of the ordinary German family of the lead up to the war and the war itself. This should be compulsory reading for all older schoolchildren as a warning against populism and nationalism. Your audiobook is waiting…. By: Lee Strauss. This battle cry of all Germans is jubilation and joy for some, confession and faith for others, and pride and power for the entire German nation.
By , the confession of faith did not even mention God and seemed to imply that Hitler was now filling His shoes. To be sure, Adolph Hitler likely never thought he was God. But as many historians have suggested, he reveled in Messianism and often portrayed himself as the man chosen by Providence to liberate Germany and lead it to greatness. Half plebeian, half God! Actually the Christ or only John [the Baptist]? We follow not Christ but Horst Wessel, Away with incense and holy water. The church can be taken away from me,. Not only was this a clear expression of a desire to replace Christianity with Nazism, but it also exalted Hitler to a position that the Christian churches gave Jesus, who is often called the Mediator in the Bible and Christian theology.
However, is this enough for Nazism to qualify as a religion, a political religion, or a secular religion, all terms used at times to describe Nazism?
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Moreover, what did Adolph Hitler believe in regarding Nazism as a religion? This is easier to decipher, since he explicitly answered this question more than once. In Mein Kampf , he explicitly rejected the idea that he should become a religious reformer, insisting that Nazism was a political, not a religious movement. In fact, throughout his career, Hitler urged neutrality on purely religious questions, and he tolerated a variety of views about religion within the Nazi Party. Some leading Nazis considered themselves Christians, while others were staunchly and forthrightly anti-Christian.
Some Nazis embraced occultism, while others scoffed at it. Some promoted neo-paganism, while others considered pagan rites and ceremonies absurd. Hitler really did not care what they believed about the spiritual realm as long as it did not conflict with Nazi political and racial ideology. In October , in the midst of a diatribe against the Christian churches, Hitler admitted that Nazism could never be a complete substitute for religion because it did not offer anyone a coherent position on metaphysics.
Thus he counseled toleration for those who had a heartfelt desire for religion. He remarked that someone feeling a need for metaphysics cannot simply be handed the Party Program. Though Adolph Hitler dismissed the idea that Nazism was a religion, he did consider it more than just a political party or movement. He often presented Nazism as a fundamental worldview that provided a foundation for his political ideology and policies.
Hitler expressed the kernel of this worldview in one of these chapters:. The folkish worldview [i. In the state it sees in principle only a means to an end and construes its end as the preservation of the racial existence of man. Thus, it by no means believes in an equality of the races, but along with their difference it recognizes their higher or lesser value and feels itself obligated, through this knowledge, to promote the victory of the better and stronger, and demand the subordination of the inferior and weaker in accordance with the eternal will that dominates this universe.
Thus, in principle, it serves the basic aristocratic idea of Nature and believes in the validity of this law down to the last individual. It sees not only the different value of the races, but also the different value of individuals. But it cannot grant the right to existence even to an ethical idea if this idea represents a danger for the racial life of the bearers of a higher ethics.
This racial worldview attempted to explain the essence of human existence and the meaning of history, while also providing moral guidance. Therefore, what did Hitler believe in regarding pantheism? Hitler recognized this problem, maintaining in Mein Kampf that a worldview such as his own must be intolerant toward any other worldview that conflicts with it—and here he specifically mentioned Christianity as a rival. He knew that converting Germans to his worldview of what Hitler believed in would not leave the religious landscape unchanged.
What did Adolph Hitler believe in regarding secularism? This is hotly debated. The roots of Nazi ideology, he thought, were found in Darwin, Nietzsche, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, and Oswald Spengler, whose ideas he considered products of secularization. Scholars and especially popular works on Hitler, in fact, have identified him with just about every major expression of religion present in early twentieth-century Germany: Catholic Christianity, non-Catholic Christianity, non-Christian monotheism, deism, pantheism, occultism, agnosticism, and atheism.
One reason for this confusion is that Hitler consciously obfuscated his position whenever he thought he could gain political capital needed to secure power or retain popularity. While many of his long-term goals were fixed, he was flexible about short-term policies, and he was not averse to concealing his goals if he knew they would not be popular. Some wrongly assume that because Rosenberg or Himmler embraced neo-paganism, this must have been the official Nazi position. However, there was no official Nazi position on religion, except perhaps for the rather vague and minimalist position that some kind of God existed.
See main article: Was Hitler a Christian? Was Adolph Hitler a Christian? This question has been asked by historians and World War Two aficionados for decades. In , Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jew living in the United States, drew a caricature of Hitler as the Antichrist bringing death and destruction to humanity. Many Christian leaders in the s and s, both within and outside Germany, recognized Hitler was no friend to their religion.
The Swedish Lutheran bishop Nathan Soderblom, a leading figure in the early twentieth-century ecumenical movement, was not so ecumenical that he included Hitler in the ranks of Christianity. They rarely asked if Adolph Hitler was a Christian. Aside from those who saw him as a Messiah worthy of veneration and maybe even worship, many regarded him as a faithful Christian. Rumors circulated widely in Nazi Germany that Hitler carried a New Testament in his vest pocket, or that he read daily a Protestant devotional booklet. Though these rumors were false, at the time many Germans believed them.
Indeed, savvy politician that he was, Hitler often cultivated the image of being a Christian. The caption, meanwhile, implied that Hitler was not a heretic, as some presumed, because here he was at church. The photo was such brilliant propaganda that the historian Richard Steigmann-Gall used it on the dust jacket of his book, The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, — , in which he tries to show the affinities of Nazism and Christianity. Apparently, it still convinces some that Hitler is a Christian.
In any case, sometime between and , Adolph Hitler apparently decided that he no longer needed to pander to the Christian sensibilities of the German public. In the edition of Hitler wie ihn keiner kennt, Hoffmann altered the photo by removing the cross apparently, Hitler no longer wanted to be associated with this symbol. Most historians today agree that Adolph Hitler was not a Christian in any meaningful sense. In August , while he was in Landsberg Prison, Hitler privately told Hess about having to camouflage his opposition to religion, just as he had to hide his enmity toward alcohol.
Even though Hitler found playing a religious hypocrite distasteful, he dared not criticize the church, because he knew this might alienate people. He was usually more circumspect, refraining from open criticism of Christianity.
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According to Wagener, who accompanied Hitler from to , Hitler honored Jesus as a great socialist but believed the Christian churches had completely perverted His teachings and were, in fact, teaching the exact opposite. He was clearly obsessed with the topic. On December 13, , for example, just two days after declaring war on the United States, he told his Gauleiter district leaders that he was going to annihilate the Jews, but he was postponing his campaign against the church until after the war, when he would deal with them.
In fact, Adolph Hitler contemptuously called Christianity a poison and a bacillus and openly mocked its teachings. In a long diatribe ridiculing many core Christian teachings, Hitler told his colleagues that the Christian concept of heaven was insipid and undesirable. Hitler, in his own twisted mind, believed black Africans were subhumans intellectually closer to apes than to Europeans, so to him, this was a spectacular insult to Catholics.
Adolph Hitler: His Life, Ideology, Rise, and Downfall
In February , Hitler again scoffed at the basic teachings of Christianity, sarcastically relating the story of humanity from a Christian standpoint. With its emergence the beautiful clarity of the ancient world was lost. In the end, the evidence is preponderant against Hitler embracing any form of Christianity for most of his adult life. Was Hitler a Christian? Even though he tried to palm himself off as a Christian when it served his political purposes, none of his friends and comrades considered him one. Even though he never officially left the Catholic Church, Schroeder claimed he promised to withdraw from the church immediately after the war to symbolize the dawn of a new historical era.
He admired the whip-wielding Jesus, whom he considered a fellow Aryan warrior fighting against the allegedly infernal Jews, but he had utter contempt for the Jesus who told His followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek. In private conversations and monologues he railed at Christianity because it had followed the lead of that insidious Jewish rabbi Paul. In mid-January of , Adolph Hitler was discussing with his colleagues a rather frequent topic of his conversations and monologues: the church.
That, of course, does not mean everyone draws the same conclusion. As we have seen, some people today interpret Hitler as an atheist, while others insist he was a Christian. In fact, he has been described as an adherent of just about every major religious position in twentieth-century European society excepting Judaism, of course , which included agnosticism, pantheism, panentheism, occultism, deism, and non-Christian theism.
After all, he asserted, he had never allowed any clergy to participate in his party meetings or even in funerals for party comrades. It is simply dreadful, that a religion has even been possible, that literally eats its God in Holy Communion. As head of state he naturally held back—but nevertheless after the war clear consequences will follow. Probably, this is partly because Hitler considered God ineffable. He continually rejected Christianity, calling it a Jewish plot to undermine the heroic ideals of the Aryan-dominated Roman Empire.
He did not accept the deity of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, or indeed any of the miracles of Jesus. There is no evidence that he believed in a triune God. Indeed, he did not believe in salvation at all in the Christian sense of the term, because he denied a personal afterlife. Despite his public invocations to God, Hitler also did not believe in the efficacy of prayer. His God responded to people and judged them according to their works, not their words.
Although he spurned Christianity, this did not lead him to disbelieve in every form of deity, however. Thus, it is evident Hitler was neither a Christian, atheist, occultist, nor neo-paganist. A reasonable case could be made for more than one of these options. Are his private statements more revealing of his true convictions than his public speeches? Probably, but even his private statements must be used cautiously. Are his books a better indication of his personal beliefs than his speeches?