Hitler memorabilia 'attracts young Indians'

Slowly but steadily, a decade-old business around the dead and universally despised dictator Adolf Hitler is emerging as a small-scale industry in India.

Books and memorabilia on the German leader’s life have found a steady market in some sections of Indian society where he is idolised and admired, mostly by the young.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8660064.stm

And we remain passive about it all don’t we folks…something is very, very wrong here!!!

I don't see why increased book sales are a problem, probably over half of the books I have are one's I do not agree with. I don't see it as surprising that young people with no strong cultural identity would attach themselves to this, or anything else. 100,000 Copies sold in India is what, 1/11822.76 people having a copy, and not even all of those will agree with it; many history, politics, economics or philosophy students will have a copy.

What is slightly alarming however is memorabilia, although that happens for every major political figure, good or bad -- people with no character attach themselves to someone renowned.

There is not really anything we could do about it, aside from censorship; which would probably encourage the people already interested in his work to go to criminal means to get it; indirectly encouraging criminality.... So that's not a good idea.

Hitler was the latest of the great charismatic leaders of the likes of Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Kahn. As hated as he may be, his history still exudes undefinable, and little understood, elements that are attractive to many. While other great figures of the twentieth century fade slowly in public recognition, most still know who Adolph was. He was, in the words of some youth a “phenom.” It is understandable that there is some interest in him.

[quote=article in the first post]Dimple Kumari, a research associate in Pune, has not read Mein Kampf but she would wear the Hitler T-shirt out of admiration for him. She calls him “a legend” and tries to put her admiration for him in perspective: “The killing of Jews was not good, but everybody has a positive and negative side.”
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“but everyone has a positive and negative side” She just dismissed the Holocaust as a reason not to wear a Hitler t-shirt. :eek:

A little bit on the film about Hitler:

“Dear Friend Hitler” aims to give audiences a glimpse into Hitler’s “insecurities, his charisma, his paranoia and his sheer genius,” according to a statement on the film which will go on floors next month.

news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100617/film_nm/us_india_hitler_film

Sheer genius?! :eek:

Thankfully, the leader actor had the good sense to pull out of the film, but only after protests.

When I first saw this thread, I thought it might be related to the Hitler themed restaurant which opened in India a couple years ago. The owners changed the name from “Hitler’s Cross” to “Cross Cafe” after protests, but I don’t know if they changed the theme.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5275866.stm

And then there was the home furnishings company which came out with a Nazi themed line of bedspreads. :eek:

The fascination with Hitler, as a strong leader, is interesting and a bit worrisome in the world’s largest democracy.

I guess this story reminds of Jeff Weise, the Red Lake school shooter:

Weise is also believed to have posted messages on the Neo-Nazi Internet forum of the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party under the aliases NativeNazi and Todesengel (German for “angel of death”). The posts revealed an admiration for the ideas of Adolf Hitler, and interests in persuading other Native Americans as to the merits of those ideas. He also had a fascination with the swastika. On one occasion, he fought with a pupil whom he referred to as a “Communist”.

In one post, dated July 13, 2004, he claimed:

[quote] As a result of cultural dominance and interracial mixing there is [sic] barely any full blooded Natives left. Where I live less than 1% of all the people on the Reservation can speak their own language, and among the youth wanting to be black has run rampant…Under a National Socialist government, things for us would improve vastly… and that is why I am pro-Nazi. [12]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Weise

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