Adolph Hitler must not have had much self esteem because old documents reveal that, months before the Nazi's Soviet invasion, the Nazis launched a smaller campaign against a dog named Jackie and her owner.
What got the Nazi's panties in a bunch?
A Finnish mutt raised its paw to its head, imitating the Hitler salute to Nazis!
What an AWESOME dog!
The mocking mutt ticked off the Nazis so much that the Foreign Office in Berlin even came up with plans to destroy the pharmaceutical wholesale company of its owner.
Klaus Hillenbrand, an expert who has written several books on the Nazi period and has examined the recently discovered documents, described the episode as "completely bizarre", saying:
"Just months before the Nazis launched their attack on the Soviet Union, they had nothing better to do than to obsess about this dog."
Jackie was owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the Finnish city of Tampere and his wife Josefine, a German citizen known for her anti-Nazi sentiments, dubbed the dog Hitler because of the strange way it raised its paw high in the air like Germans greeting the Fuehrer with a cry of "Heil Hitler!"
Tor was actually brought in for questioning by the Nazis about his dog's unusual greeting habits and although Tor denied teaching the dog to perform this action, the diplomats wrote to the Foreign Office in Berlin:
"Borg, even though he claims otherwise, is not telling the truth."
The Nazi's were so offended that they had three different ministries – the Foreign Office, the Economy Ministry and even Hitler's Chancellory – involved in the scandal!
Thankfully, there was not enough evidence for the Nazi party to bring Tor Borg, his wife, or his dog to trial and they were not harmed. His pharmaceutical company is still in business today.
Hillenbrad says there's no evidence that Adolf Hitler was ever told of the case, even if the case made it all the way to his chancellory.
It's scary that something so SILLY could endanger a persons life!
Let's hope history will NEVER repeat itself like this.
[Image via AP Images.]
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