Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Finally, a Hitler that's Really Soft and Cuddly

As historians know, Nazi imagery proved to have immense power as a mobilizing force for a mass movement. Nowadays (perhaps we should be grateful for small things), its sinister power is evidently confined to deluding the witless into thinking they are clever, and tempting many otherwise well-mannered people--who would never tell a racist joke, much less commit a fashion faux pax--into the most stupefying lapses of taste. 

What else could account for the latest manifestation of the blessings of a consumer society?

The Sun reported from London:
IT’S A-doll Hitler.

A TRENDY designer has sparked outrage with a set of knitting patterns to make woolly models of the world’s most evil dictators.
Rachael Matthews — who has kick-started a celebrity knitting craze — calls the grotesque Nazi doll Knitler.
Her new book has designs for a dozen dictators, with a photo of Hitler doing the Nazi salute on the cover.
Other tyrants featured are Iraqi monster Saddam Hussein, Uganda’s brutal Idi Amin and Cambodian dictator Pol Pot.

A spokesman for the Jewish Network said: “You would hope people would have more sense than to take a cuddly Hitler into work.”

The ADL was not amused, either:
New York, NY, July 28, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage that a recently published British knitting book features an Adolf Hitler doll . . . . "We expect that this disturbing marketing ploy will fail miserably in Britain, where 450,000 people died in the war to defeat Hitler and the Nazi regime," Mr. Foxman added.
Sick humor about Nazis: It's not just for royals anymore!

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