I’ve been eager to get rid of that sickening photo of the hate-filled children at the top of my previous post. So what do I replace it with? A rare recently discovered color photograph of Hitler on his 50th birthday. WHY? Am I trying to repel whatever readers I have left? No, but I just can’t make myself not mention today’s unpleasant anniversary. It’s Adolf Hitler’s 120th birthday. In Jewish culture, because Moses supposedly lived to that advanced age, people often greet each other on their birthdays with the Yiddish expression, biz a hundert und zwanzig, or “may you live to be 120.” I think it’s safe to say there’s not a Jewish person on the planet who isn’t grateful that Hitler didn't quite make it to the halfway mark of that. This photo was taken 70 years ago today, on April 20, 1939. He was the age I am now (gulp!) and was celebrating his big day at his mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden in Bavaria. There aren’t that many color shots of Hitler. He preferred being photographed in black and white, thinking it made him look more imposing. The creepy Children of the Damned in the photo are the offspring of top Nazi officials (but not the doomed Goebbels children). Although he never had any kids of his own (thank God), Hitler frequently surrounded himself with freshly scrubbed Aryan children, and he was endlessly extolling their important role in his 1000 Year Reich.
Der Führer’s birthday always brings out the crazies. There were already reports this weekend of early-bird revelers committing a spate of anti-Semitic vandalism in towns all over Europe. Governments around the world are taking extra measures to try to prevent such incidents today, which is also the 10th anniversary of the Columbine massacre (those boys were also big fans of Hitler). White supremacists are planning all sorts of festivities to mark the occasion this year in places such as Florida, Missouri, and North Carolina. They’re promising “family-friendly” events and are encouraging members to bring their children to honor Hitler as “one of the greatest heroes of the White Race.” As I said in my last post, this is child abuse in the extreme. These poor kids don’t stand a chance, or let’s just say it will be a major challenge for many of them to rise above their horrific hate-filled upbringings.
A few years ago, a former member of the brutal Waffen-SS opened up a shrine to Adolf Hitler in Wisconsin. Later today this guy, now 90, will be speaking at a Chicago gala to “celebrate the Great One’s 120th birthday.” He’ll be joining several other white supremacist speakers including the head of the virulently anti-Semitic Christian Identity movement. These twisted folks consider Jews to be the Satanic offspring of Eve and the Serpent. They believe that all non-whites are “mud peoples” created before Adam and Eve.
Yep, Hitler’s legacy lives on, and it’s important not to forget it even though he’s been dead for over 60 years. It’s just as possible today to whip people up into a frenzy of hate as it was back in the 1930s and 40s. Here are some additional color images of people going nuts over Hitler’s birthday, this one from his 55th birthday extravaganza in 1944. The adoring crowds are in Linz, Austria, seemingly unaware of their imminent fate or their leader’s cowardly suicide which would take place the following year. If you really want to be sick to your stomach, go to any of the old footage of the Nazis that is available on YouTube and read some of the fawning comments about Hitler and National Socialism. Comments written by people today.