Yes, the guy died over seventy years ago. However, he was such a bad seed that the reverberations of his actions can still be felt today. Hitler was once listed by TIME magazine as ‘Man of the Year’ in 1938. Unfortunately for him, his reputation went downhill from the 1940’s. Today, there is so much stigma around his name that there is now a guilt by association. For example, being a fan of Subhash Chandra Bose, I find myself caught off-guard when someone asks me the question, “Did Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose meet Hitler?”. Hitler has created a mess for everyone and even today, people like Michael Jordan and I suffer because of him. How is this possible? All shall be explained as we explore some of the people (and things) that are now misunderstood because of Hitler.
Ah Yes! The Gestapo was finished in 1945 but I feel the fashion Gestapo will pounce on me the moment I decide to sport a toothbrush moustache. Just like other millennials, I feel the need to constantly change my look because that’s what millennials do. Now I discover that I can never try out the toothbrush moustache. This is something that Charlie Chaplin got to do without prejudice. However, if any guy tries this today, like Michael Jordon, it seems to be an attempt to create controversy. The best part here is that Hitler was ordered by his superiors to shorten the stache so that his gas mask would fit. Why he decided to keep it after that is probably because it was quite popular in the 1920’s. Unfortunately, this style fell out of fashion with the fall of the Fuhrer and no one seems to have the courage to bring it back.
What’s the big deal about an Indian freedom fighter meeting Hitler? Well, apparently anyone who shook hands with Hitler can’t be a good person, right? WRONG! Yes, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose did actively try to meet Hitler and was quite tenacious about it. In fact, his efforts to get to Germany were so extraordinary that it could be used as a playbook for any political refugee. The refusal of the Russians to grant him asylum, evading British intelligence agencies and parting with his father’s watch to bribe a shrewd Afghan spy are just small snippets from this story.
So if he did all this to meet Hitler, was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose sympathetic to Nazi Germany?This is simply not true because:
Boy, do I resent Hitler for this one. It all started when I was 5-6 years old. I’d seen the swastika at a temple (or maybe a TV show. I forget because I was well…5 or 6) and was fascinated by it. I was so fascinated by it that I took to drawing the swastika on the top corner of my books. Unfortunately, my swastikas looked nothing like what was found in temples or Jain statues. It looked more of something that would warm the heart of any Nazi sympathiser. My mom was undoubtedly horrified at what she saw and gave me a long lecture about how Hitler was a bad man and that I need to stop making that design. The truth is that the Swastika had become quite the rage in Western Europe during the early 20th century. Hitler took swift notice of this and decided to use it as it was a popular symbol. Though the Nazi party has fallen, the stigma towards this remains, particularly in the West. I really don’t appreciate the fact that Hitler from his grave has stifled my artistic abilities at such a young age and I feel saddened that there are numerous other artists who might have suffered a similar fate.
Look at how amazing Germany is. It’s filled with hard working people who work hard and play harder. They even won the Football World Cup that one time. However, nothing makes a German more nervous than getting into a debate about Hitler. Sure, you would find that odd Hitler fan and so what if the German Chancellor is pretty much ruling Europe and fulfilling Hitler’s dream? The point here is that Germans are made to feel bad about this guy on a constant basis. I mean, why can’t Indians do the same to Winston Churchill. The wartime “hero” of Britain was responsible for starving 4 million Indians to death by virtually creating a famine in Bengal in 1943. Yes, every Indian who knows about this probably resents him but do we go around hounding some poor Brit in Goa saying that they should be ashamed of Churchill? Grow up world, its 2018 and we don’t need to keep giving Germans shit.
So there you go! Hitler was a bad man and I am unable to comprehend how this dead guy is making such a big impact on everyone’s life. I don’t have the financial muscle like Adidas and Puma to reinvent myself by paying athletes you love money to make you ignore my new man-stache. Hopefully, by disassociating Hitler from Germany, the Swastika, Subash Chandra Bose and the toothbrush moustache, we can deny him a legacy that he obviously doesn’t deserve.
Quite a hilarious take George.But you can’t get away from the fact that if not for Hitler the Swastika would never have become so famous or should I say infamous!!
That is a good point! I never saw things that way!