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Springtime for Hitler? Ad and Doll Bring the Dictator Back

This week Mexico's top electoral body has ordered broadcasters to stop showing a TV ad that compares a firebrand leftist leading a shut down of Congress to dictators Hitler and Pinochet. The ad is funded by a Mexican businessman angry at the blockade spurred by opposition lawmakers trying to derail an oil reform plan. He says the actions of protest leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are endangering democracy, "Who shuts congresses? In 1933, Adolf Hitler in Germany."

The spot was shot as a flashback to conservative ads run in the 2006 election campaign, and call the former rights activist and then presidential candidate a danger to Mexico. The voice over says, "Our democracy is in danger. Our peace is at risk. Mexico does not deserve this."

If Hitler on TV isn't enough, Ukraine has just begun selling an action-man style doll of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and saleswomen are hawking the product, comparing the doll to Barbie. But it's not all fun and games. To see the serious side,


Supermarkets in the capital Kiev are stocking a 20 inch high figure of the Führer, complete with jackboots, leather trench-coat and swastika armband. The $200 doll, conveniently comes equipped with a spare head "with a kind expression on it," glasses and several changes of clothes. In case he travels, I suppose.

Who's buying the doll? The decision to sell it comes amid growing extreme right political sentiment in Ukraine. Some also report of increasing xenophobia and racism, and tell of some extremists supporting racism similar to that of Nazi Germany under Hitler.

Could fans of the doll be a sign that Hitler is becoming popular among disaffected youths, who are too young to remember the effect Nazism wreaked on the world? Is it ever appropriate to use Hitler as a political figure or comparison? Are people softening their attitudes toward him as time passes, or will he perennially be taboo?


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hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
oh crud! I guess you actually have to know how to spell for the smileys to work corektly. (that's a joke)
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
You didn't really think an apology was necessary did you? I put the silly faces there. :rasberry: I really took it that you were more so just pointing out the ridiculous (and discusting) existance of the thing. I'd never hold it against anyone to use humor to cope with tradgedy. Yeah, he was mesmerizing! I started to write something else then duh, I realized you are messin' with me. Gosh I hope you haven't shaved your head and wear doc martins with white shoe laces. :rasberry: again
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
(I'm sorry for the sick joke) My next door neighbor growing up fought in the German army during WWII. He had a collection of Hitler's speeches that he would listen to when he was feeling nostalgic. I was amazed that even though I couldn't understand what he was saying, I found myself mesmerized by his speaches...
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Oh! :sick: I can't believe I thought you were funny! You sicko! :D
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The only way I can see this doll being sold is if it comes with the Aushwitch concentration camp package.....
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Okies Citizen, Comparison to....Satan? (Dana Carvey anyone?)
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
My 13 y/o daughter says, "That's sick! And stupid!" She is going to discuss it now at school for "news" topics tomorrow.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I was wondering who would buy this???? Why?
Princess-Peach Princess-Peach 9 years
A doll? Incredible. What a bad taste.
poissondujour poissondujour 9 years
It's completely disgusting. Even softening public opinion of that monster is enough to upset me. And in rural Poland, at least, I have never observed any racism. In fact all the people there I've met who were alive during WWII sheltered Jews. The memory of political prisoners there has not been forgotten either. In the Ukraine, I know people who survived pogroms and said they were frequent. It's scary that history hasn't taught them yet.
syako syako 9 years
I just got my husband's take on it - he said "oh there just trying to find other ways to make money" He also wanted me to point out that the disconnect between the rich and poor in Ukraine is tremendous, so there are tons of rich people who could afford the doll if they felt the need to.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
cabaker! So weird, but no! We must have the "great minds think alike" syndrome ;) I'm going to go see what y'all had to say right now!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
it seems that citizen is meandering in the halls of conservative sugar for story ideas.... ;)
syako syako 9 years
more like one month's pay, but good point.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
this reminds me of that stalin cabbage patch kid that was a big hit in christmas of '84. bad idea. anyway, everyone can calm down... the doll costs $200! that's like 3 years pay in the Ukraine.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
He was evil. I agree Nya!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Anyway hitler was evil, evil evil as far as i'm concerned he was the anti-christ and anyone who agrees with what he did should meet a fate worse than death they should live for a long time being haunted and reliving what all those people who died in concetration camps went through!!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Well, if you are going to shut down congress, it does invite comparisons. On the other hand, I wonder if it has "action grip"?
syako syako 9 years
It's funny because my husband (growing up in Ukraine) said he never had racist thoughts ever and never heard any racist sentiments...
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
in eastern europe there just seems to be so much racism, i haven't heard much from ukraine or the czech republic but poland and russia scare me.
syako syako 9 years
also the nazi destruction of ukrainians should be enough to deter most Ukrainians from wanting to do anything with nazism...
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Gawd, Hitler is a violent and volatile monster. Why would they make a doll after him? :OY:
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