Nazis obsessed over Hitler saluting dog

Newly discovered documents reveal a bizarre footnote in the annals of Nazi history, detailing how German authorities became enraged by a dog in Finland who mocked the f├╝hrer. Pharmaceutical wholesaler Tor Borg’s mutt had the odd habit of raising its paw with a striking likeness to the Nazi salute in response to his name, which, because of Borg’s Nazi-hating wife, was Hitler, reports the AP.

German diplomats and their Finnish cronies were instructed by the Berlin foreign office to gather information on Borg and his seditious pup. A German chemical company even offered to put Borg’s company out of business. Three different government ministries were involved in the investigation, though no charges were ultimately filed. It’s “completely bizarre,” says one historian. “Just months before the Nazis launched their attack on the Soviet Union, they had nothing better to do than to obsess about this dog.” Click for more on the strange story.

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2 Responses to Nazis obsessed over Hitler saluting dog

  1. Krell Reply

    January 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    They knew the power and were obsessed with image.

    From Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda movie..”Triumph of the Will” to even the design of their uniforms. But to spend much time and resources on a dog??? Strange!

    • A Michael J. Scott Reply

      January 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      It is true the Germans were all about the power and the images that represented that power. I suspect they were unable to handle the audaciousness of a mere dog, but more importantly the arrogance of the dog’s owner.

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