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Facts About Adolf Hitler

Updated on April 26, 2016

17 Facts About Hitler by Face and The No Credits (Video)

17 Facts About Adolf Hitler

The following video is a little ditty called "17 Facts About Hitler" from my musical project Face and the No Credits. Even though the song is meant to be humorous (and intentionally bad) the facts contained in the song are true.

The following facts are based on excerpts from a 1942 secret document which was compiled by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). It is good to note that some of the facts that are contained in the report are disputed and they may not be entirely accurate. That being said, it is interesting that a government would be interested in a dictator’s habits as it pertains to entertainment and mundane daily activities.

Of course Adolf Hitler's acts were pure evil, so the purpose of this is not to make light of his atrocities. Considering Hitler's peculiarities is fascinating on a purely sociological level.

We will now consider some highlights from those excerpts (which are partially mentioned in the video as well).

Office of Strategic Services (OSS)

The OSS was a US intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was formed with the intention of coordinating espionage activities behind enemy lines for the United States Armed Forces. It is consider a predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

1938 Photo of Adolf Hitler

Hitler had some definite peculiarities in connection with his personal appearance.
Hitler had some definite peculiarities in connection with his personal appearance. | Source

Hitler's Personal Appearance

Here are some details contained in the report dealing Hitler's personal appearance:

  • Hitler did not permit anyone to see him if he was bathing or naked
  • He did not use any cologne or scents on his body
  • In 1923, the Nazi press secretary tried to convince Hitler to get rid of his trademark mustache. Hitler responded: "Do not worry about my mustache. If it is not the fashion now, it will be later because I wear it!"
  • No matter how hot it was, Hitler refused to take off his coat in public


Hitler's Social Behavior

Here are some aspects of Hitler's social behavior that were contained in the report.

  • When Hitler would dine with others he would let the conversation to linger for hours, but would then interrupt with a flawlessy rehearsed and long monologue
  • Hitler's favorite topics included: "When I was a soldier," "When I was in Vienna," "When I was in prison,"
  • When Hitler begins speaking about the opera he would embark on long sermons until he lulled his audience to sleep


Photo of Carl Jung

Famous psychologist Carl Jung analyzed Hitler's handwriting in 1937.
Famous psychologist Carl Jung analyzed Hitler's handwriting in 1937. | Source

Hitler's Personal Habits

Here are some details in the report that pertain to Hitler's personal habits.

  • Famous psychologist Carl Jung made the following remark when he saw Hitler's handwriting in 1937: "Behind this handwriting I recognize the typical characteristics of a man with essentially feminine instinct."
  • Hitler had no interest in sports and his only exercise was the occasional walk
  • He frequently paced inside rooms, always whistling the same tune

Hitler's Entertainment Habits

Here are some details concerning Hitler's entertainment choices:

  • Hitler was a fan of American college football marches and Alma maters and to stir up the masses he made use of American College football-style music during his speeches
  • Hitler's rally cry of "Sieg Heil!" was patterned after the techniques used by American football cheerleaders
  • Hitler loved the circus, because he took pleasure in the fact that underpaid performers were risking their lives for his pleasure
  • He had no interest in wild animal acts, unless a woman was at risk
  • Nearly every night Hitler would watch foreign films that were banned to the German public in his private theatre
  • He especially loved comedies and would laugh merrily at Jewish comedians
  • He also liked a few Jewish singers, but would comment that it was unfortunate that they were not Aryan

Adolf Hitler Memorial Stone

Outside of Hitler's birthplace is a memorial stone with the inscription: "For peace freedom / and democracy / never again fascism / millions of dead remind us" It serves as a sombre reminder of the atrocities committed by Hitler.
Outside of Hitler's birthplace is a memorial stone with the inscription: "For peace freedom / and democracy / never again fascism / millions of dead remind us" It serves as a sombre reminder of the atrocities committed by Hitler. | Source

© 2012 CJ Baker

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    CJ Baker 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

    I never said you were the problem. But if people read the article they will know what the source material is. They will also know that right in the article I acknowledge that some of these facts may be disputed and it is possible that they may not be 100% accurate. So right in the article I stated that it may not be absolute truth. These are facts according to one source (the OSS). It is up to individuals to research multiple sources. Also if you watch the video and listen to the song it is pretty clear that is is meant to be funny. Also right in the article I mention that it was meant to be humorous. So I do think that most of my readers are smarter than what you give them credit for.

    I also reread the article (first time I read it in a while, I forgot what I wrote), and there is actually no mention of whether or not Hitler had Jewish ancestry. There also seemed to be no mention in the OSS documents about Hitler's Jewish ancestry. So I'm not entirely sure why you choose to argue about things that don't even appear in the article. It kinds of makes me wonder if you actually took the time to read the article.

    This will be the final comment on the subject and I will be disabling further comments.

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    David 2 years ago from Latvia

    You can type anything you like in the comments, but most people who read this will feel the urge to see all or most of what they read/saw/heard on this hub as the absolute truth. So, I'm not the problem, YOU are.

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    CJ Baker 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Hi Jens,

    If you read the article you would of noted that the facts were taken from a 1942 secret document complied by the OSS (a now defunct US intelligence service). I also acknowledge that some of these facts are widely disputed and may not be accurate. So the only the absolute fact in the article is the fact that this was info complied by the OSS and I clearly highlight that in the article.

    Also if you played the video and listen to the song you would realize this was part of my intentionally bad musical side project. So this was also a partial stab at satirical humor. Of course it is possible that I may not of succeeded, but if you watched the video and read the article you would have clearly realized what the article was and what it wasn't. Your criticism is almost like criticizing the accuracy of news reports from The Onion or The Daily Show (even though I will be first to admit they do a better job at actually being funny).

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    David 2 years ago from Latvia

    Hitler did not have Jewish ancestry. His father was born in a place in the Austro-Hungarian empire where, at the time, Jews weren't permitted to live until 1848(Alois Hitler was born in 1837). There is no proof for Adolf's father's mother having worked for a rich Jewish man in Vienna or Graz at the time when Alois Hitler was conceived. So that myth has been debunked a long time ago and it's a "fact" no longer. Also, Adolf applied for a German citizenship and got it in 1932, shortly before the presidential election in that same year. Besides that, most people could listen to Hitler speak for hours long, regardless of the topic. These "facts" you have posted here seem to be taken from a place a lot less trustworthy than wikipedia. I suggest you read a serious publication about Hitler before posting crap like this online and calling it "facts".

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Thanks for the kind comments, they are truly appreciated! You are right he was an ugly person.

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    Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

    You do a great German accent my friend. Interesting facts. Your musical talent gave a little light to a pretty ugly person. -K

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Thanks for the read, the comment and the vote!

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    Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Awesome hub and video. It is interesting to read these facts about one of the most evil men in history. He truly wasn't the man he had his followers believing he was. Voted up and interesting! :)

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Thanks man, much love back at you! I am humbled by the Spike Milligan comparison.

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    Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

    Ah, I love you man. Only spartucusjones could do this. Serious history through comedic art.

    There's a point here but I'm too stupid to know quite what it is.

    The video is genius as well as the song.

    The video has a certain poignancy that captures the true absurdity of the Nazi idiocracy as we view it through the lens of time.

    And the song compliments perfectly, counterpointing Hitler's strangely normal foibles against the sweeping madness of the music. Knowing the true nature of the beast the weirdness of the music somehow takes all those little idiosyncrasies to a far more sinister place altogether.

    You remind me of Spike Milligan.

    Well done,

    Horatio

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Hitler was self obsessed. I guess that is a prerequisite for a evil dictator. Thanks for the comment.

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    chillingbreeze 5 years ago from India

    LOL... Your facts says clearly he was an awesome self obsessed guy and someone who would love everything at risk. Good to see this offbeat hub

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    According the OSS report it did. I can see where that fact might suck for football fans. Thanks for the comment.

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    Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

    A pisser. "Seig Heil" came from American cheerleaders! Who knew.

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    You are right, Hitler was very evil. Thanks for the additional info. Possibly the most interesting thing about Hitler was that he was a contraction.

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    Maria Janta-Cooper 5 years ago from UK

    Thanks for the interesting facts about the Nazi dictator and one of the most evil human beings in the history (There is a good question if we can name Hitler a human being?). He was an Austrian citizen and as he was 36 year old, in the year 1925, he applied for German citizenship. Hitler's paternal grandfather was probably Jewish (???).

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