Archives are wonderful things that can teach us unexpected lessons about, well, just about anything.
History News Network reports that, during World War Two, some doughty Finn had trained a dog to imitate Hitler. This awesome deed apparently so enraged the German government that the German Foreign Office ordered its diplomats in Finland to collect information on the dog and even planned to destroy the owner’s pharmaceutical wholesale company. More detail is forthcoming in the German magazine Die Tageszeitung.
Dictatorial types have always had notoriously thin skins, which tends to go along with narcissistic tendencies. It also makes mocking them very dangerous.
I for one can’t wait to find out how this farcical episode turned out. The Finns might have fought alongside the Germans from 1941 through 1944 (the so-called Continuation War) to recover territories annexed by the USSR after the 1939-1940 Winter War, but they categorically refused to give up their Jews to the Nazis; and I therefore see no reason why they would have given up this talented canine or his courageous owner. I hope that both lived to a ripe old age.