History Lessons Near and Less Near: On Drumpf and On Schicklgruber

History Lesson Near On Drumpf

From “Last Week Tonight”

This amazing video should be watched in its entirty but what pertains specifically to Drumpf begins at mark 17:55


History Lesson Less Near On Schicklgruber



There are many weird twists of fate in the strange life of Adolf Hitler, but none more odd than this one which took place thirteen years before his birth. Had the eighty-four-year-old wandering miller not made his unexpected reappearance to recognize the paternity of his thirty-nine-year-old son nearly thirty years after the death of the mother, Adolf Hitler would have been born Adolf Schicklgruber. There may not be much or anything in a name, but I have heard Germans speculate whether Hitler could have become the master of Germany had he been known to the world as Schicklgruber. It has a slightly comic sound as it rolls off the tongue of a South German. Can one imagine the frenzied German masses acclaiming a Schicklgruber with their thunderous “Heils”? “Heil Schieklgruber!”? Not only was “Heil Hitler!” used as a Wagnerian, paganlike chant by the multitude in the mystic pageantry of the massive Nazi rallies, but it became the obligatory form of greeting between Germans during the Third Reich, even on the telephone, where it replaced the conventional “Hello.” “Heil Schicklgruber!”? It is a little difficult to imagine.*

*Hitler himself seems to have recognized this. In his youth he confided to the only boyhood friend he had that nothing had ever pleased him as much as his father’s change of names. He told August Kubizek that the name Schicklgruger “seemed to him so uncouth, so boorish, apart from being so clumsy and unpractical. He found ‘Hiedler’ … to soft; but ‘Hitler’ sounded nice and was easy to remember.”
(August Kubizek, The Young Hitler I Knew, p.40.)






6 thoughts on “History Lessons Near and Less Near: On Drumpf and On Schicklgruber

  1. Just finished reading the entire 1500-something pages of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich a few days ago. For the second time. I first read it probably 40 years ago and the current political situation suggested a revisit would be appropriate. It’s obviously an extremely long read, but it’s so fascinating that you’re almost afraid to put it down between sessions. Distressing to see how easily a democracy can fall, to what depths it can fall, and how difficult to rescue it once it’s gone.

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    1. Wow – for the second time. Quite admirable. I will consider it a victory if I can get through it just once; though I am impressed at how easy and engrossing the book is to read, despite its intimidating girth.


      1. Just keeping track of all the characters is a feat unto itself. I don’t think Shirer ever explained how General Halder escaped death and lived to be interviewed by the author but if you come across the answer let me know. At the end of the war he was in a concentration camp–most of the other generals Hitler had determined to be traitors had already been executed.



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