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Comment: I've heard many times that Hitler had brown eyes. It would be a real
irony if it were true. I've never seen a full color photo, to know for
sure. However, from the black and white ones that I have seen, I get the
impression that this is not the case.

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Comment: I've heard many times that Hitler had brown eyes. It would be a real
irony if it were true. I've never seen a full color photo, to know for
sure. However, from the black and white ones that I have seen, I get the
impression that this is not the case.

I did some research into this for a story I was writing. According to the sources (I don't recall which, though it may have been Shirer), Hitler had blue eyes.
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Does it really matter? He was dark haired, short and seedy looking. And rumoured to have one testicle. None of which is really his fault... but his actions are directly accountable to him.

I think they used to say that Eichmann was the only one of the leaders who looked truly "Aryan". Take a look at Himmler... he was hardly a perfect specimen either, and had to turn away when people were being tortured.

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Well, Hitler's clone in The Boys From Brazil had the most incredible blue eyes I've ever seen.

"Don't you know the boys from Brazil are little Hitlers? I saw it in a movie... whose name I can't remember!"

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I remember a sharply drawn political cartoon from the era noting that the Aryan ideal was blond (like Hitler), well-shaped (like Goering) and handsome (like Goebbels), illustrated with very effective cariacatures of the three. Wish I knew who'd done it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
I remember a sharply drawn political cartoon from the era noting that the Aryan ideal was blond (like Hitler), well-shaped (like Goering) and handsome (like Goebbels), illustrated with very effective cariacatures of the three. Wish I knew who'd done it.

Was it perhaps one of Dr. Seuss'?

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Originally posted by Animal or god?:
Does it really matter? He was dark haired, short and seedy looking. And rumoured to have one testicle. None of which is really his fault... but his actions are directly accountable to him.

I think they used to say that Eichmann was the only one of the leaders who looked truly "Aryan". Take a look at Himmler... he was hardly a perfect specimen either, and had to turn away when people were being tortured.

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Ohh.. i don't know how to do it.......

drat

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well, I'll do it this way:

go to the HISTORY category on here, and select
Hitler (Might be slightly NFBSK)
that one deals with the rumour, and (brags) I posted the words of a song that covers this (doesn't confirm or deny the truth about it, but.. it covers it, anyway)
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quote:
Originally posted by Elkhound:
Was it perhaps one of Dr. Seuss'?

Maybe, but I'd think I'd've remembered Seuss' style if it were.
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I always thought it was kind of ironic how Hitler thought the best people were tall, blonde and very Nordic looking when Hitler didn't look Nordic at all. I think according to his new social hiearchy, he was about on the third tier.

Ironically too, I am listening to "Springtime For Hitler" as I am typing this. [Big Grin]

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Originally posted by Talk to the Chanucha:
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Here's a related thread on the Third Reich Forum (!) - Colour pictures of Nazi leaders. Unfortunately they haven't got as far as Hitler yet, but they've got Hugo Kraas, Otto Skorzeny, and "three illustrious gentlemen" who apparently "need no introductions" (well, not to readers of the Third Reich Forum, anyway - I haven't a clue who they are...).

I don't feel like posting there to ask, but they could probably point us in the right direction. (I might just be being a wimp - it's not a political pro-Nazi board, so it's probably quite safe to ask really).

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Follow on - Walter Frentz is the guy to look for, as he was apparently the person who took most colour photos of Hitler. There are some of Hitler and Himmler here:

http://www.fpp.co.uk/Himmler/Frentzarchive.html

None close enough to see Hitler's eye colour, though.

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http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ah-art.htm

The Knirr one is the most close-up, but all I see is black.

Might just be the colour tone of the portrait as reproduced, but this looks blue:

http://faculty-web.at.northwestern.edu/art-history/werckmeister/May_13_1999/1204.jpg

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quote:
Originally posted by Elkhound:
quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
I remember a sharply drawn political cartoon from the era noting that the Aryan ideal was blond (like Hitler), well-shaped (like Goering) and handsome (like Goebbels), illustrated with very effective cariacatures of the three. Wish I knew who'd done it.

Was it perhaps one of Dr. Seuss'?
I have a cartoon very much like that in a book here ("Heckling Hitler" by Zbynek Zeman on p. 68). No cartoonist or place of publication is listed for it. The caption is "An Aryan Is:" and it shows Hitler as a teacher with his pointer beside a chart with pictures of Goebbels ("Tall"), Goering ("Slim") and Hess ("Blonde"). Hitler: "...and heroic, like me..."

On the same page is one making fun of Goebbels, also found here:
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERgoebbels.htm

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The caption is "An Aryan Is:" and it shows Hitler as a teacher with his pointer beside a chart with pictures of Goebbels ("Tall"), Goering ("Slim") and Hess ("Blonde"). Hitler: "...and heroic, like me..."

That's an old German joke from the Nazi era. It's a take-off of the official propaganda that said the ideal Aryan was "Flink wie Wiesel, zäh wie Leder, hart wie Krupp-Stahl" (agile as a weasel, tough as leather and hard as Krupp steel).

The subversive joke went that the ideal Aryan was in fact "gross wie Goebbels, schlank wie Goering, blond wie Hitler" (tall as Goebbels, slim as Goering and blond as Hitler).

I don't have any cites for this: my grandfather told me it was a joke he'd heard before he left Germany in 1936.

Kate "why a weasel?" S

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Originally posted by NubNub the ChrisJ TurkeyMan:
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ah-art.htm

The Knirr one is the most close-up, but all I see is black.

To tell you the truth, I see blue here too. It is a painting though, so who knows.

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Originally posted by Isaac3159:
Well, Hitler's clone in The Boys From Brazil had the most incredible blue eyes I've ever seen.

"Don't you know the boys from Brazil are little Hitlers? I saw it in a movie... whose name I can't remember!"

- Homer Simpson

I always assumed that the clones in 'The Boys From Brazil' were, in fact, clones of Mengele - as it was him that wanted to conduct the experiments in the first place? hmmmmm, another thing to think about today [Razz] great movie, BTW.

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I haven't seen the movie, but in the book of "The Boys from Brazil," it's very clear that the clones are Hitler. They are being adopted into families similar to Hitler's; their fathers are being killed at the same age as Hitler's; etc.
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Originally posted by Top Kat:
I haven't seen the movie, but in the book of "The Boys from Brazil," it's very clear that the clones are Hitler. They are being adopted into families similar to Hitler's; their fathers are being killed at the same age as Hitler's; etc.

Thanks for that - I haven't read the book, and it has been a number of years since I saw the film, so I guess I should try and see it again....if I can manage to sit through Gregory Pecks' very scary performance as Mengele. I think Mengele must have been of similar colouring to Hitler - dark hair and blue eyes. Whatever became of the evil NFBSK?
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I think Mengele must have been of similar colouring to Hitler - dark hair and blue eyes. Whatever became of the evil NFBSK?

Mengele lived in hiding in South America, and died of a stroke while swimming in 1979 off the coast of Brazil. He was buried as "Wolfgang Gerhard", one of his aliases. The world at large never learned about this, and Mengele "sightings" continued throughout South America into the early '80s. In 1985 "Gerhard's" grave was exhumed and a multinational forensics team confirmed Mengele's remains through dental records (further confirmed later by DNA testing).
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Isn't there a long standing UL to the effect that the Who's song "Behind Blue Eyes" is about Hitler?
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Another painting in which Hitler's eyes look blue. "Great bunker addition!" hmmmmm.
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Was it perhaps one of Dr. Seuss'?

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I was in the library today and looked through various books that had colour photos... but even in fairly close-up shots, Hitler's eyes were still shaded by the visor on his military hat...

but in those black "Purnell's History of the 20th Century" books from the '70s that a lot of libraries seem to have, I did see a mock 'wanted poster' the Daily Mirror published on September 4, 1939. It listed Hitler's eye colour as blue.

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