Saturday, March 19, 2016

Workaway in the High Desert of New Mexico

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve 2015, I had the pleasure of living and working in the quaint town of Roswell, New Mexico. My hostess was Karen Boehler, a local writer and animal lover.

For those of you who aren't yet familiar with Workaway and HelpX, I'll explain. Workaway and HelpX are work exchange programs where a person (the volunteer) performs several hours of work per day for the host/ess in exchange for room and board.  After signing up online, a volunteer pays a small fee to become a member ($29US for two years) and then they complete a profile about themselves. Volunteers can choose which positions to apply for based on their interests and skills set. The volunteer emails a potential host/ess and things progress from there.  Some hosts want a Skype interview, some prefer talking on the phone, and some communicate exclusively through email. Once the host and volunteer agree on a beginning work date and length of stay, the volunteer makes travel plans and ideally keeps in contact with their new employer.  Once the big day arrives, the volunteer is usually picked up at the airport, bus/train station and taken to the home/farm by the host or by another volunteer.

Many hosts give you the tour and allow you that day (and sometimes the next day) off to get rested up and settled in to your new digs.

I had a wonderful month in New Mexico working for Karen and I was able to meet a lot of different and interesting people during my stay.  There were four other Workaway volunteers that cycled in and out that month and a Couchsurfer who came by for a few nights. The weather way amazing and the skies were beautiful at night, some of the prettiest sunsets I've ever seen on the US Mainland.  The day after I left, Roswell and surrounding areas received a whopping three feet of snow - a record breaking amount in their desert history!  Glad I was on that bus to Florida!

Here are some of my photos from that wonderful experience.  Thank you Karen!

Curiosity, a rescued goat.

Karen's funky cool farm in Roswell, NM.

Aries, another rescued goat.

Ginger, the rooster.

The two adorable ducks.

Blondie, the rooster.

Me, helping offload firewood.

Milky Way, one of the two goats who were tragically killed by dogs during my stay on the farm.  RIP little guy,  

Luna, the other rescue goat who was mauled to death by dogs.  RIP young lady.
Llamas in the high desert of New Mexico
In the foreground is Nova, the young male.
His mother, Momma Llama, is in the background.
Both llamas were rescued by Karen.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

G is for Goebbels: Nazi Sex Scandals

by Tammy Petry
Blogging From A to Z April Challenge
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."  
~Joseph Goebbels 

I tend to write about socially taboo topics that others find interesting but really don't want in their browser history. I can only image what people would think if I suddenly went missing and the authorities searched my laptop for clues.  I'm not kidding, there's a bizarre assortment of shit in my browser history, everything from Hitler +incest + sexual fetishes,  Goebbels + affair + three way,  Himmler, Goering, and Rommel, lethal untraceable poisons; The Luke Bryan "Don't Drop That Thun Thun Thun" video; a video of the Horst Wessel song.; the current price per gram of gold, cocaine, and weed; plus tons of cat videos.  Everything but the cat videos is research, but try explaining THAT to the boys in blue (whom I LOVE, btw). No, seriously, I do!

All smartass comments are entirely my own and are provided free of charge.
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If you're wondering why the majority of my "30 Days of WWII" posts pertain to the Nazis,  it's because I love exploring the dark side of history.  I like to find out what makes monsters tick, who their lovers were, and discover the various types of backgrounds they emerged from.  For example, how does someone who has a loving family, who makes homemade ice cream and plays catch with their children, who appears "normal"  to the rest of the does that person leave home, go to work, and proceed to murder innocent men, women and children by the thousands every day?  How does that person sleep at night?  How does that person face him or her self in the mirror each day?  How do they eat when thousands are starving just yards away?

These are the creators of one of the darkest times in modern history.

Now, on to Goebbels. 

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called, "The Goebbels Experiment".  The entire narrative of the film is read from Dr. Joseph Goebbels' own extensive diary, which he kept from 1924 to 1945.  Rare and never before seen footage accompanies his entries which are beautifully read by Kenneth Branagh . Amazingly, this diary survived WWII and post-war plundering and destruction that took place in Berlin for many years afterward.  It's a provocative peek inside the tortured mind of the Third Reich's Minister of Propaganda.  (Can you believe that was his real job title?  Why not say, "Professional Bullshitter"?!) 

I consider myself to be an avid war historian, but I still learned many new things about Goebbels from watching this film.

The Goebbels Experiment
Narrated by Kenneth Branagh
The Man Behind Hitler
A Rare and Chilling Glimpse Into a Brilliant but Toxic Mind
Live Inside the Monster's Head
Joseph Goebbels WWII Third Reich Propaganda Minister for Hitler

What the Critics are Saying:

"Live inside the monster's head… visceral, powerful" - The New York Post

"A fascinating, veritable self-portrait, masterfully culled from a trove of archival materials"

- Los Angeles Times

"Weirdly enthralling." - Boston Globe

"Eloquent. Brilliantly edited." - LA Weekly

"A cautionary reminder that equal access to the machinery of ideas may be society's most critical goal." - The New York Times

"Informative and illuminating." - Christian Science Monitor

Here are the highlights I found to be most interesting:
  1. Goebbels had a physical deformity of his foot.  Surgery was performed during his youth (almost 100 years ago!) but it was botched.  This caused him to wear a cumbersome orthopedic foot/leg brace for the rest of his life.  They might as well have painted a big bullseye target on ole Joe because he was teased and ridiculed without mercy.  It also deemed him a less-than-worthy German soldier and was denied his place in the ranks during WWI.
  2. His oldest son was not his biological child.  His wife, Magda, was a divorcee who brought the boy into their marriage. (Unlucky him.  Don't feel too badly for him though, he turned out to become filthy rich in post-WWII Germany.) Being an ardent and loyal fascist, Magda popped out six more little Nazis for the glory of the Reich.
  3. Hitler was one of the witnesses for Joseph's marriage to Magda. (This was definitely a very bad omen.)
  4. Joseph Goebbels--ADULTERER!  He had a torrid, heartbreaking, earth-shattering love affair after he wed Magda. As you will read later on in the post, things got...interesting.  I won't ruin it for you, you'll just have to keep reading. Anyway, Magda finally got fed up.  She went running to Hitler to put an end to the whole mess. (Damn, I sure wouldn't want to get THAT phone call...just say'n.)The ideal Aryan was tall, blonde, blue-eyed, and in top physical shape.  Goebbels was none of these. (Neither was Hitler for that matter, but I digress. Is it just me, or do you get the impression that the Third Reich was composed mainly of men with some variation on the "Woe-Is-Me" complex?)
Rare color photo of Hitler and Goebbels enjoying a lighthearted moment of laughter.
Goebbels was a frequent guest at Hitler's mountain retreat, Berchtesgaten.
Here is the Goebbels wedding photo.  Note Adolph in the background.

Joeseph and Magda Goebbels wedding photo.  Note Adolph Hitler in the background.
He was a witness to their nuptials.
Joseph and Magda Goebbels with their children.
Here is the fantastically fascist Goebbels family. All of the children, except Harald, were poisoned by Magda Goebbels inside the Berlin Fuhrer Bunker. Harald is the one in the Luftwaffe uniform and is Magda's son from her first marriage. He survived the war, became a very wealthy industrialist - he was one of the richest men in post-war Germany. Something pertaining to BMW...?

Magda also (allegedly) had affairs (including one with Joseph's deputy Karl Hanke) and there is evidence that at some point they agreed to an open marriage.  (I am far from a prude.  If Joseph and Magda agreed to have an open marriage, so be it.  Whatever floats your boat.  Let your Freak Flag fly baby.  However, if either of them was under the impression they had a traditional marital arrangement going on, then shame, shame, shame on them both.)

Karl Hanke, Deputy to Joseph Goebbels and alleged lover of Magda Goebbels.
Definitely an improvement, IMHO.
I had NO idea Joseph Goebbels had an affair. The icing on this multi-tiered Cake of Adultery is this: Magda confided all the sordid details to none other than their good pal Adolph. She asked him to step in and put a stop to Joseph's wandering ... affections. Eventually, Hitler did just that. (Shit just got real in Deutschland!)

Mrs. Goebbels does not look pleased.
Congratulations, you've made it to the really good shit.

Here is a photo of The Mistress, Leda Baarova:

Lida Baarova, mistress of Joseph Goebbels.
Version One:

 By Peter Conradi, October 31, 2000

They met at a party in 1934, the year before her first German film "Barcarole" made her a household name in Germany. Lida Baarová certainly suited Goebbels, who became obsessed with her. "He told me he loved me time and again," she recalled 60 years later, "and I felt his eyes burning into my back every time we were in the same room together." The Fuhrer too, she vouchsafed, was given to staring mutely in her direction; indeed, when he visited her film studio he seemed to her to be mesmerized. Shortly afterwards he invited her to tea.

She arrived at the wheel of her BMW, which (as she remembered) Hitler seemed to consider too liberated. On this occasion, however, he found his tongue to the extent of telling her that she reminded him of Geri Raubel, whom he encouragingly explained, had committed suicide on his account. (That's an impressive pick-up line if I ever heard one!) Another time, Hitler told her that she should become a citizen of the Reich: "You could do well for yourself," he promised. But Lida Baarová remained immune to these blandishments, telling him that she preferred to remain a Czech. The tea invitations ceased.

Dr Goebbels's fires, however, burned ever fiercer. He only lived three doors down from the house on Lake Wannsee which Lida Baarová shared with Gustav Froehlich, her co-star in Barcarole. Though Lida Baarová always emphasised the innocence of her relations with Goebbels - "why would I be interested in a 36-year-old father of five when I was a 20-year-old beautiful woman with men falling at my feet?" - somehow Froehlich was never convinced.

Lake Wannsee, Berlin Germany
Hermann Goring placed a wiretap on Lida Baarová's telephone, and enjoyed spreading scandalous stories about her and Goebbels in the highest Nazi circles. Himmler also liked to tell how there were lines of women waiting to swear how Goebbels had coerced them: "I've turned the choicest statements over to the Fuhrer." Goebbels himself felt the necessity to tell his wife Magda about his infatuation. Magda complained to Emmy Goring that her husband was "the devil incarnate". But she did not stop there, inviting Lida Baarová round to accuse her to her face of having an affair with her husband. "Don't worry," Lida Baarová returned, "I'm not interested in him."

Heinrich Himmler and Adolph Hitler
Rare color photograph

Hermann Goering in all his glory.
Whatever you do, do NOT click on this image and view it full size!
(Hint: Eye Bleach Required)
Magda Goebbels was no more convinced than Gustav Froehlich had been, and in 1938 complained about her husband to the Fuhrer, who ordered Goebbels never to see Lida Baarová again. Goebbels's lust was strong, but his devotion to the Fuhrer still stronger. He sighed as a lover; he obeyed as a Propaganda Minister.

Meanwhile, the jealous Gustav Froehlich was rumoured to have struck Goebbels in the face, and challenged him to a duel. Hitler, furious at the scandal, banned Lida Baarová's films and expelled her from Berlin. Wisely, she escaped to Prague.

Version Two:
By Peter Conradi

"THEIRS was one of the most dramatic and dangerous love affairs of the Third Reich. A glamorous Czech actress who became Josef Goebbels's mistress and fled Germany after his wife denounced them to Hitler has described her turbulent relationship with the Nazi propaganda chief for the first time.

In her autobiography, The Sweet Bitterness of My Life, to be published posthumously in Germany next month, Lida Baarova writes of life in the Nazi upper echelons, where elegantly dressed ministers mingled with the film world elite.

The actress, who died alone in poverty in November aged 86, reveals that Goebbels's wife, Magda, proposed a ménage à trois to save her marriage but Hitler ordered an end to the two-year affair on the grounds that it could damage the Nazis' image as guardians of traditional family values.

It was Hitler who first fell for Baarova, (HOLY SHIT!) then 20, during a visit in 1934 to a film set in Berlin. Three days later she was summoned to tea at the chancellery. He said she reminded him of somebody both "beautiful and tragic" in his life. To her horror, she later realized this was Hitler's former lover and half-niece, Angela Raubal, who was found dead in her Munich flat in 1931, aged 23, after shooting herself in the heart with a pistol.

Adolph Hitler and Geli Raubal
Several more meetings followed, despite the protests of Gustav Fröhlich, a jealous actor with whom Baarova was living. But the Führer did not press himself on her.

She and Goebbels first met in 1936 during the Berlin Olympics in the city's opulent Schwanenwerder suburb, where Goebbels had rented a villa near Fröhlich's. Baarova was attracted immediately.

"His voice seemed to go straight into me," she said. "I felt a light tingling in my back, as if his words were trying to stroke my body." (Insert Awkward Sexual Reference Here.)

Here's Goebbels giving a few speeches.  This clip is just under 2:00 minutes.  I'd advise wearing earphones for this one.  He's rather enthusiastic (translation: fucking loud). This is probably NOT the thing to blast from your computer speakers, particularly if you reside in a culturally diverse urban area.  Those of you in the American South don't have to worry quite as much. 

(.... Not for ONE second do I tingle.  Anywhere. I (thankfully) feel nothing stroking my body.  And I'm DAMN SURE not wanting ANY part of ole Joe going in me - straight, sideways, or any other way.
However, I reluctantly admit that the man was made to talk.  He's in love with the sound of his own voice.  However vain that may be, I believe he earned his right to crow a little.  Passionate.  He's a very passionate speaker.)


There were other meetings on Goebbels's yacht Baldur, and he invited her to hear him speak at a Nazi congress. He promised to touch his face with a white handkerchief during the speech as a sign of his devotion. (Awww, isn't that just too sweet?)

Panicking, Baarova decided to leave town. But as her train waited at the station, a messenger arrived with roses and the minister's picture. "He was a master of the hunt, whom no-body and nothing could escape," she said. (Okay, this would be a great opportunity to insert crude humor but I shall refrain.)

For months Goebbels pursued her relentlessly, inviting her for trips in his chauffeur-driven limousine or visits to his log cabin on the shores of Lake Lanke outside Berlin.

Although their relationship was platonic for a long time, she tried to hide it from Fröhlich. When Goebbels rang he left messages as Herr Müller and hung up if the actor answered. One winter evening in the cabin, however, before a blazing fire he kissed her for the first time, saying: "I have never in my life been so in-flamed with love for a woman."

They met whenever he could get away from his wife. Baarova recalled his mood swings dramatically. Sometimes he amused her with Hitler impressions, at others he expressed doubts about Nazi ideology. (HOLY SHIT!)

Rumors of their relationship spread after Goebbels bailed out one of Baarova's films. Then Fröhlich arrived home to find them on the road to the villa. He berated Goebbels and left Baarova soon afterwards.

His impertinence did not go unpunished. Goebbels later took revenge by removing his exemption from military service and sending him to war. (HOLY SHIT! Note to self: PISSING OFF A HIGH-RANKING NAZI is a VERY bad idea.)

In the autumn of 1938, however, Goebbels had telephoned Baarova, saying he had confessed to his wife, and wanted the two women to meet. Magda Goebbels was distraught when they were introduced, and suggested sharing her husband. (HOLY SHIT!)

"I am the mother of his children, I am only interested in this house in which we live," she said. "What happens outside does not concern me. But you must promise me one thing: you must not have a child by him."

Goebbels appeared with gifts of jewelry for both women as if to cement the love triangle. But Magda told Hitler and Goebbels was summoned to the Führer. "My wife is a devil," he told Baarova.

Early the next morning he rang again, weeping. Hitler had refused his request for a divorce and forbidden him to see her. "I love you, Liduschka," he said. "I cannot live without you."

The propaganda machine swung into gear. Newspapers published pictures of the Goebbels family, and Goebbels rehabilitated himself with Hitler by orchestrating Kristallnacht, (NICE.) an orgy of violence in November 1938 when Jewish property across Germany was destroyed.

Baarova was called to a police station and told she was barred from appearing in films or plays and even from attending social functions. She was pursued by the Gestapo, who organised hecklers to shout "Whore", when she defiantly attended the premiere of her film, Der Spieler (The Player). 

Baarova returned to Prague, disobeying an order from Hitler's adjutant to remain in Germany. She was on a Nazi blacklist, however, and it became more difficult for her to work. In 1942 she moved to Italy and resumed her career.

She saw Goebbels one last time at the 1942 Venice film festival. He ignored her. "He must have recognized me, but he did not make a single movement," she said. "He was always the master of self-control."

In 1945 Baarova was arrested by the Americans and briefly imprisoned for collaboration. Goebbels and his wife stayed with Hitler in his bunker, taking their own lives and those of their six children on May 1 as the Russians swept into Berlin."
The Goebbels Clan

Saturday, April 19, 2014

L is for Leni Riefenstahl: Triumph of the Will

by Tammy Petry

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge
For my non-American readers, I realize a lot of this stuff may be classified as "illegal" in certain countries.  After a bit of research, I discovered that a simple disclaimer might allow legal viewing of this content for citizens of most countries.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for historical/educational purposes only.

"Shortly after he came to power Hitler called me to see him and explained that he wanted a film about a Party Congress, and wanted me to make it. My first reaction was to say that I did not know anything about the way such a thing worked or the organization of the Party, so that I would obviously photograph all the wrong things and please nobody - even supposing that I could make a documentary, which I had never yet done. Hitler said that this was exactly why he wanted me to do it: because anyone who knew all about the relative importance of the various people and groups and so on might make a film that would be pedantically accurate, but this was not what he wanted. He wanted a film showing the Congress through a non-expert eye, selecting just what was most artistically satisfying - in terms of spectacle, I suppose you might say. He wanted a film which would move, appeal to, impress an audience which was not necessarily interested in politics."
— Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl
Triumph of the Will (German: Triumph des Willens) is a 1935 film made by Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, which was attended by more than 700,000 Nazi supporters. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess, and Julius Streicher, interspersed with footage of massed Sturmabteilung and Schutzstaffel troops, and public reaction.
Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer; his name appears in the opening titles. The film's overriding theme is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the leader who will bring glory to the nation. Because the film was made after the 1934 Night of the Long Knives, many prominent SA members are absent, having been murdered in that purge.

Triumph of the Will was released in 1935 and became a prominent example of propaganda in film history. 

Riefenstahl's techniques—such as moving cameras, aerial photography, the use of long focus lenses to create a distorted perspective, and the revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography—have earned Triumph of the Will recognition as one of the greatest films in history. 

Riefenstahl won several awards, not only in Germany but also in the United States, France, Sweden, and other countries. The film was popular in the Third Reich, and has continued to influence movies, documentaries, and commercials to this day. However, it is banned from showing in Germany owing to its support for Nazism and its numerous portrayals of the swastika.

Triumph of the Will
"Triumph des Willens"
1935 German Film Poster

The film begins with a prologue, the only commentary in the film. It consists of the following text, shown sequentially, against a grey background:

[On 5 September 1934]
[20 years after the outbreak of the World War]
[16 years after the beginning of German suffering]
[19 months after the beginning of the German rebirth]
[Adolf Hitler flew again to Nuremberg to review the columns of his faithful followers]

The film opens with shots of the clouds above the city, and then moves through the clouds to float above the assembling masses below, with the intention of portraying beauty and majesty of the scene. The cruciform shadow of Hitler's plane is visible as it passes over the tiny figures marching below, accompanied by an orchestral arrangement of the Horst-Wessel-Lied.

For Historical/Educational Purposes Only.

Upon arriving at the Nuremberg airport, Hitler and other Nazi leaders emerge from his plane to thunderous applause and a cheering crowd. He is then driven into Nuremberg, through equally enthusiastic people, to his hotel where a night rally is later held.

1934 Night Rally
Albert Speers' "Cathedral of Light"

Riefenstahl had the difficult task of condensing an estimated 61 hours of film into two hours. She labored to complete the film as fast as she could, going so far as to sleep in the editing room filled with hundreds of thousands of feet of film footage.

Triumph of the Will is sometimes seen as an example of Nazi political religion. The primary religion in Germany before the Second World War was Christianity. With the primary sects being Roman Catholic and Protestant, the Christian views in this movie are clearly meant to allow the movie to better connect with the intended audience.

Triumph of the Will has many scenes that blur the distinction between the Nazi Party, the German state, and the German people. Germans in peasant farmers' costumes and other traditional clothing greet Hitler in some scenes.

"The Party is Hitler - and Hitler is Germany just as Germany is Hitler!
— Rudolf Hess

In the closing speech of Triumph of the Will, Hitler enters the room from the back, appearing to emerge from the people. After a one sentence introduction, he tells his faithful Nazis how the German nation has subordinated itself to the Nazi Party because its leaders are mostly of Germans. He promises that the new state that the Nazis have created will endure for thousands of years. Hitler says that the youth will carry on after the old have weakened. They close with a chant, "Hitler is the Party, Hitler." The camera focuses on the large Swastika above Hitler and the film ends with the images of this Swastika imposed on Nazis marching in a few columns.

I purchased a DVD copy of this film many years ago and I'm happy to have it in my eclectic collection.  It is free to view on YouTube as well.

Here is the full version of Triumph of the Will, complete with 60-second introductory overture.  The screen is black for the first minute so don't think it's a bad link or video.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

H is for Schicklgruber?

Adolph's father, Alois, was not born with the last name Hitler.
He actually changed it to Hitler in 1877, many years before Adolph was born.
What might the most evil man in history have been named if not for this change?
Heil Schicklgruber?????
1837Birth of Alois Schicklgruber, Adolf's father, as the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber and - ?
1842Marriage of Alois' mother to Johann Georg Hiedler.
1847Death of Maria Anna Hiedler.
1850Alois Schicklgruber apprenticed to a bootmaker in Vienna, Austria.
1855Alois Schicklgruber given employment by Board of Inland Revenue.
1857Johann George Heidler, Alois' stepfather, dies.
1873Alois Schicklgruber marries Anna Glassl (no children).
1876Alois Schicklgruber's name changed to Hitler.
1880Alois divorced by his wife on grounds of adultery with Franziska Matzelsberger.
1882Franziska Matzelsberger bears Alois a son, also given the name of Alois.
1883Death of Alois' first wife, Alois marries Franziska Matzelsberger, Angela Hitler born.
1884Death of Alois' second wife.
1885Alois' third marriage with Klara Pölzl, granddaughter of Johann Nepomuk Hiedler, brother of Alois' deceased stepfather.
1889Adolf Hitler born, the fourth child of his father's third wife, at Braunau, Austria,

Blogging From A to Z April 2014 Challenge
H is for  Schicklgruber Hitler
Hitler.  Six letters of the alphabet, when combined, initiates a response from nearly every person in the world today.  I'm sure some people may be upset with me for blogging about about him, saying things like,
  • "Hitler does not deserve any further discussion" or
  • "Hitler is evil incarnate so why on earth would you want to write about him?" 
  • And my personal favorite, "You're a racist, antisemitic Nazi bitch!"
I've heard all of these and many more. Comments like these are born in:
  • Blind acceptance of values instilled by parents and grandparents.
  • Lack of exposure to belief systems different from their own/Isolation
  • Fear of learning new ideals that makes them "different" from their friends and family.
In light of these statements, I want to begin this post with a personal disclaimer.
  1. I am an avid historian, not a Nazi.
  2. I enjoy discovering little-known facts about historical people without regard to their actions and beliefs. 
  3. I find a wide variety of people fascinating, again, without regard to their politics or actions.
  4. I have a sense of humor.  Highly inappropriate most days but damn, lighten up.  Yes, Hitler was a rotten bastard but I still laugh at the memes.
  5. I don't give a shit about the opinion of others but I'm damn sure not putting up with asinine comments on my blog.
  6. My blog, my rules.
If you are unable to view things from a perspective other than your own, this may not be the blog for you.  

If you have a close-minded attitude and enjoy forcing your morals, ethics, politics, or faith onto others because you "just know you're right" and the rest of the world is "wrong", this blog is not for you either.

Here is the door.

Here is the door for everyone with a close-minded attitude.
Those who shove their personal belief systems onto others can use this door too.
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20 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler
The worst man in human history would be celebrating his 124th birthday this Saturday, April 20th. The only thing you should care about on that day is lighting one up to your health and to his death, but we thought it would be interesting to put together 20 things you didn’t know about Hitler. Other than the obvious that he was a royal prick, but you already knew that.

Hitler Only Had One Testicle
Tis true. The Furor was not so mighty where it mattered. He lost one of his boys in WWI after suffering an injury to his abdomen and groin. And here you thought Lance Armstrong was the worst person you knew with one ball.
Pocket Pool: Single Style
Adolph Hitler casually leans back on a tree wearing traditional German clothing.

Hitler Whistled A Lot, And By A Lot I Mean Entire Songs And Classical Compositions At All Times

Great. So he was that annoying guy who whistled all the time, too. Just another reason to invent a time machine solely to go back and punch him square in his one-balled d*ck.
He Maybe Had Some Jew In Him

Well wouldn't that be ironic? Hitler’s father, Alois, was registered as an illegitimate child with no father when born in 1837 and to this day Hitler’s paternal grandfather is unknown. Alois’ mother, Maria Schicklgruber, is known to have worked in the home of a wealthy Jew, so there is some chance, however small, that a son in that household got Hitler’s grandmother pregnant. Speculation of his sketchy background is increased as Hitler went to extreme measures to attempt to hide his family lineage.

He Wasn't Even German
I know, to most people who know some sort of history this isn't a surprise but to many it’s shocking to know that Hitler wasn't even born in Germany as he’s Austrian. That would be like some Canadian coming down thinking he was hot sh*t and trying to dominate the good ol’ US of A. Not happening in this country.
He Was A Compulsive Farter
Extreme gastrointestinal issues made Hitler the last person you would ever want in your faulty elevator.
Hitler Loved Animals
It's possible that his only truly compassionate feelings were for dogs and other animals. He loved his German Shepherd, Blondi, so much he killed her with cyanide just to make sure it worked before using for himself and the Mrs. Classy guy.
He Injected Himself With Bull Semen To Use Like Viagra
Hey, don't knock it till you try it. Apparently, he needed something to keep up with and satisfy the younger Eva Braun. That something was the jizz of a young bull. There's really not much else for me to say here.  Moving on...
He Never Learned To Drive
Makes sense. I mean, why waste your time learning how to drive when you're busy murdering millions of innocent people?
Hitler LOVED The Circus
Why you ask? Was it the cute animals? The clowns? The freak shows? None of the above. As it was officially quoted: “He takes real pleasure in the idea that underpaid performers are risking their lives to please him.”
Hitler Liked His Niece So Much It Drove Her To Suicide
And by liked, I mean like-liked or batshit ex-boyfriend in love with his biological niece. He kept his half-sister’s daughter locked away in an apartment, which she referred to as her “Gilded Cage.” He wanted to completely control every aspect of her life and forbid her to leave. It was rumored they had a sexual relationship before she decided to bite the bullet. Literally.
Hitler’s first love was Jewish
Hitler was only 16 when he fell in love with a Jewish girl named Stefanie Isak. There are many records which are of the belief that Hitler was extremely obsessed with this girl, and often thought of killing himself, as well as her, for love. Common theme in these facts: Don’t fall in love with or be loved by Hitler. It doesn't have a fairytale ending.
hitler phone
Adolph Hitler smiling and talking on the phone.
Hitler says, "Nein, you hang up first."
Hitler meme.
Hitler Invented Blow-Up Dolls
Well, Guten Tag, Führer ! Actually it was more of the idea he invented, but still the man deserves some credit. Hitler was against his men getting physically or emotionally involved with foreign women so he conjured up the idea of blow-up dolls. He actually expected his men to fulfill their needs and be satisfied with plastic bodied dolls.
Hitler Was A Fan Of Golden Showers And The Cleveland Steamer
Many historians cited in their records that Hitler was a man of bizarre sexual desires. He specifically liked being defecated and urinated on in the bedroom. I can only assume the term Mississippi Bow Tie had to be changed to the Berlin Noose to meet specific Nazi regulations.
He Regularly Ate Up To Two Pounds Of Chocolate In A Day
Talk about a sweet tooth. Hitler regularly ate up an obscene amount of chocolate a day, in addition to pastries and hot chocolate with copious amounts of whipped cream. He generally took his tea with seven teaspoons of sugar, and was even witnessed Hitler adding spoonfuls of sugar to a glass of red wine. Nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned sugar rush tapped off with relaxing Golden Shower later.

Adolph Hitler in suit and tie with serious expression.
Hitler Meme
Gets rejected from art school...
Starts World War.

Hitler Was An Adequate Painter And It Was His Lifelong Dream To Be An Artist
But unfortunately all those art schools in Vienna in which he applied to only accept people based on “talent.” Hitler became extremely pissed off at the man because nobody would give him a chance to follow his dreams and thus became rabidly obsessed with eliminating Jews from the Earth. Makes sense.
He Would Never Be Seen Naked
If every male over the age of 80 has no issues whatsoever from being in a health club locker room sporting their sac in plain view for hours on end while they attempt to put on their shoes then it’s surprising that Hitler refused to undress for every doctor’s examination he had.
Hitler Was A Devout Vegetarian
After the death of his love (his niece), Hitler witnessed the autopsy and became so disgusted he renounced meat forever. Not sure how watching a human autopsy would make one think of food, but that’s why I will never willingly watch a human autopsy.
He Was Also Aroused By Being Abused And Watching Human Suffering
Hitler supposedly begged to be kicked repeatedly by one woman and is said to have had his guards videotape the torture of Jewish people for his own home-viewing pleasure. The man makes Jeffrey Dahmer seem like Mother Theresa.
He probably had Parkinson’s Disease
Or at least most historians think so. The constant shaking in Hitler’s later known footage would put Michael J. Fox to shame.
Hitler Hated Aftershave Or Any Product That Would Improve His Scent
Because who would want to clear up that delightful smell of feces after you force a woman to sh*t on your face? I know I wouldn’t.
So there you have it, 20 random facts about one of history's most controversial leaders.

And you thought you had problems…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

D is for Disaster: One Word - SHITSTORM (and other disasters of WWII)

Blogging From A to Z
April Challenge 2014

D is also for DAMMIT!  It's about 0545 EST on Friday, April 04, 2012 here in Virginia.  I have not been to bed in over two days and I am utterly exhausted - beyond that even.  Why am I not in bed you ask?  Well, I'll tell you.  Aside from running three businesses, a house (which I share with my housemate), and general human tasks like eating, showering, and shitting...I walked into my bathroom around 0400, preparing for bed after two long, hard, but productive days spent working, I am greeted with THIS:


  • The local health department and the environmental safety department have been contacted.
  • Our landlord ordered a pump truck to pump the septic system. (I'm sure this was a foreign concept)
  • We bought a shit-ton of cleaning supplies, including antimicrobial soap. Pardon the pun.
  • Cleaned.  Actually, my fabulous housemate pulled another all-nighter and cleaned the house by herself.  She let me sleep in, knowing my level of sheer and utter exhaustion aka zombie-like state. For this epic act of kindness and selflessness I am eternally in her debt.
  • We exercised our privilege of deducting  the costs of cleaning supplies from the rent. We're not sure how well this go over but we do have a legitimate claim with photos and video to back it up. It's always an adventure around here...never a dull moment.

To honor my chosen blog theme for the month of April and for the April A to Z Challenge, I give you, "D is For Disaster Redux

At the end of WWII, most places in Europe were Disaster Zones, for real.  Dresden was nearly wiped off the map by the Allies carpet bombing.  Thanks a lot.  All that beautiful art and culture gone forever.  Carpet bombing? REALLY? 

Another disaster involved the contents of Adolph Hitler's brain meeting the sofa and walls in a rather expedited fashion deep inside the Berlin bunker.

One final disaster lies on American soil in the Pacific Ocean:  Pearl Harbor.  In my opinion, the bombing of Pearl Harbor at dawn was one of the most cowardly, underhanded, heinous acts of the entire war.  To make it exponentially worse, the White House was hosting a delegation from Japan to discuss terms of peace.  It's one thing to bomb a place while innocent families are sleeping.  It's a far far worse thing to do so while attempting to appear peaceful and taking part in negotiations.  Was our retaliatory bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima a little over the top?  FUCK YES it was, and I'm glad.  I tend to disagree with most of our country's foreign policy but this is one action I sanction fully. We didn't start it.  Peace talks were going on and one of Japan's own delegates sat right there in DC and talked a huge pile of shit, all the while knowing what was about to happen in the Pacific. Bastards. I don't like our global status as a "bully nation" but I will say this:  Payback is a BITCH.  

(Do I have strong feelings about Pearl Harbor?  Yes I do!  It makes me so angry that I could swear I lived through it in a past life.) 

Speaking of past lives, be sure to check out my new website devoted to all things metaphysical:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for Chelmno: April 2014 A to Z Challenge

C is for Chelmno Concentration Camp.

From Wikipedia:

Chełmno extermination camp, known to the Germans as the Kulmhof concentration camp, was a Nazi German extermination camp situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Łódź, near the Polish village of Chełmno nad Nerem (Kulmhof an der Nehr in German). After the invasion of Poland in 1939 Germany annexed the area as part of the new territory of Reichsgau Wartheland aiming at its complete "Germanization". The camp was set up specifically for that process. It operated from December 8, 1941 to April 11, 1943 during Aktion Reinhard (the most deadly phase of the Holocaust), and from June 23, 1944 to January 18, 1945 during the Soviet counter-offensive. It was built to exterminate Jews of the Łódź Ghetto and the local Polish inhabitants of Reichsgau Wartheland (Warthegau).[4] In 1943 modifications were made to the camp's killing methods, as the reception building was already dismantled.[5]
At a very minimum 152,000 people (Bohn) were killed in the camp,[3] though the West German prosecution citing Nazi figures during the Chełmno Trials of 1962–65, laid charges for at least 180,000 Jews murdered there.[6] The Polish estimates in the early postwar period suggested a great deal more, up to a total of 340,000 victims, the vast majority of whom were Jews.[4] The murdered came chiefly from Łódź and the surrounding area, along with Romani from Greater Poland. But Jews from HungaryBohemiaMoravia, Germany, Luxemburg, and Austria were also transported to Chelmno via the Łódź Ghetto, and Soviet prisoners of war were killed there. The camp killed most of the victims by the use of gas vans. It was a center for early experimentation and development of methods of mass murder, some of which were applied in later phases of the Holocaust.[7]
One of the camp survivors testified that only three Jewish males had escaped the Chełmno extermination camp successfully; he was fifteen years old.[8] The Holocaust Encyclopedia noted that seven escaped from work details during the early 1940s; among them wasYakov Grojanowski, who documented the camp's operations in his Grojanowski Report. But he was later captured and killed at another death camp before war's end.[3] In June 1945 two survivors testified at a trial of captured camp personnel in Łódź, Poland. The three best-known survivors testified about their Chełmno experiences at the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Two also testified at the camp personnel trials conducted in 1962–65 by West Germany.[8]

I apologize to y'all this morning...I've been working my ass off and haven't had much sleep.  Despite this, I am committed to doing a great blog post every day and sticking to my A to Z guns.

So, I bring you the story of Shimon Srebrnik, one of a handful of survivors from the Chelmna Concentration Camp in Poland.  Chelmna was the site of the Nazi's brutal experiments in handling "the final solution".  Nothing was off limits here and the barbarity ran high.  I will never understand how one human can treat another human in such a way, no matter what their differences.

I hope you enjoy Mr. Srebrnik's video.  I apologize for not dressing this post up as much as I'd like but in all honesty, it was a challenge to even write this morning.  I sure hope it's semi-literate!  Anyway, enjoy your Thursday and I'll be back in top form tomorrow.  Thanks again to everyone who has commented and followed.  :))

Shimon Srebrnik

Shimon Srebrink is one of the few survivors of Chelmno Concentration Camp

Random Odd Fact From WWII:

Calvin Graham was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.