Adolf Hitler doll has spare head with a kind face

From the Daily Mail Last updated at 9:55 PM on 23rd April 2008     The Adolf Hitler doll which comes with a change of clothes – and a spare head with a kind face     An action-man style doll of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has gone on sale in Ukraine, with saleswomen telling shoppers it’s like Barbie.     Supermarkets in the capital Kiev are stocking the 40cm figure of the Fuhrer, complete with jackboots, leather trench-coat and swastika armband.     The £100 figure has a spare head ‘with a kind expression on it,’ glasses and several changes of clothes.     Accessories: The Hitler doll comes complete with uniform, cap, boots and belt     It comes in a presentation box with the dates of Hitler’s birth and death on it.     The decision to market the figure comes at a time of growing extreme-right political sentiment in Ukraine.     There are also reports of increasing xenophobia and racism, and of some extremists supporting racism similar to that of Nazi Germany under Hitler.     Critics believe a Hitler cult could spring up among disaffected youths, too young to remember the ravages Nazism wreaked on the country.     Around three million people died as a result of the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine, including 1.5 million Jews.

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One Response to “Adolf Hitler doll has spare head with a kind face”

  1. Taz Says:

    The source information on which your article is based is inaccurate
    anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

    The doll is manufactured in Taiwan, not Ukraine. They are not being
    “stocked in supermarkets”; *one* was found in a speciality shop. The
    saleswoman quoted in the original article said nothing of the sort of things she was attributed with having said in the Daily Mail story. The idea of a further line of Nazi souvenirs was the imaginings of the original author of the story uncovering the doll’s existence in Ukraine, as in a horrific,
    “what next?” scenario (http://www.dt.ua/1000/1550/62775/ – Dzerkalo
    Tyzhdnia, in Ukrainian.)

    In fact, this exact same Taiwanese doll is for sale in the UK
    (http://www.modellersloft.co.uk/showitem.ihtml?id=22831) and in America
    (http://www.pzg.biz/figure_hitler.htm).

    There is detailed information about how this story came to be twisted
    into a slander against Ukraine, one posted by the Kharkiv Human Rights
    Protection Group (http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1209570049) and a more detailed analysis by the Ukrainian Archive
    (http://www.ukar.ca/shevchenko/buzyna/hitler.html).

    This “story” has already been retracted by the BBC, the Daily Telegraph
    and most recently by The Philadelphia Trumpet
    (http://thetrumpet.com/index.php?q=5109.3384.0.0).

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