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Hitler Doll
About two weeks ago a story started going around alleging that an Adolf Hitler doll, marketed to children, was being sold in the Ukraine. From the Daily Mail:

One saleswoman said: "It is like Barbie. Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals and there's a spare head in the kit to give him a kinder expression on his face.
"He has glasses that are round, in the manner of pacifist Jon Lennon".
The doll will also come with accessories like a miniature Blondi, Hitler's faithful Alsatian who died alongside the Nazi in his bunker in Berlin in 1945.
The doll is dressed in long light-brown cloak, military uniform and jackboots.
According to the saleswoman, should the demand be high, manufacturers will go further and launch a series of themed Third Reich toys, including interiors of Hitler's chancellery, toy concentration camps with barbed wire, barracks and operating models of gas chambers and crematoriums.

But now it seems that the reports of the Hitler Doll were a hoax. WikiNews reports:

The hoax first appeared two weeks ago and was spread rapidly, when a journalist found a model of Asian origin aimed at adult collecters in a specialist shop in Kiev, and misrepresented the find by failing to give basic details of the facts of the case when he publicised his find. The story propagated and expanded from there.
Categories: Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 05, 2008
Too bad. There could be money in a collection of such dolls: Hitler, Goering, Himmler and Goebbels.
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK  on  Mon May 05, 2008  at  11:01 AM
Well, it sound more like a semi-hoax. The part about it being marketed to kids was apparently a misrepresentation, but it appears to be true that somebody in Ukraine was selling dolls of Adolf Hitler, which is certainly sick enough.
Posted by Big Gary  in  New Braunfels, Texas  on  Mon May 05, 2008  at  04:56 PM
I hate to break it to you Big Gary, but those same Taiwanese dolls are for sale both here in the UK
(http://www.modellersloft.co.uk/showitem.ihtml?id=22831) and your home country of America
(http://www.pzg.biz/figure_hitler.htm).

Glass houses, and all that, eh?

Information about how this story came to be a attack particularly against Ukraine is posted by the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1209570049) and the Ukrainian Archive
(http://www.ukar.ca/shevchenko/buzyna/hitler.html).
Posted by Taras  in  High Wycombe, England  on  Tue May 06, 2008  at  03:54 AM
I'm not sure that qualifies as a 'glass house' comment. The idea is generally considered repugnant regardless of who is offering them for sale.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue May 06, 2008  at  11:17 AM
I have a pair of pedestal-based figures of General Norman Schwartzkoff and General Colin Powell, made for the "Gulf War", sold on the shelves MONTHS before any coalition shots were fired. They were made in China (duh), and both bear strikingly Asian features. Colin Powell somewhat resembles an older Tiger Woods with glasses, and Norman Schwartzkoff looks a bit like Charman Mao with a crew cut. I know they make GWB dolls, but I'm holding out for the one that comes with the big pins you stick in it. Personal preference
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue May 06, 2008  at  02:15 PM
hahaha say it's happened somewhere far away, like Ukraine, and people will believe anything!
Hey guys, i saw a ufo with elvis in the driver's seat over Kiev today XDDDDD
Posted by Tatyana  in  Kiev  on  Tue May 06, 2008  at  05:19 PM
Where's Blondi? None of those dolls that Taras linked to had her pictured with the doll.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Wed May 07, 2008  at  10:15 AM
I don't know which is sicker, Hitler dolls or Schwartzkopf and Powell dolls. Fortunately, I don't have to decide.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Gruene, Texas  on  Wed May 07, 2008  at  05:39 PM
I've just tried to follow the link to the Daily Mail article and they seem to have taken it down. Red faces all round, I suspect.
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  London UK  on  Fri May 09, 2008  at  05:05 PM
I want to buy a hitler doll to but on my miniture boat to race against my George Bush doll. Imagine them crashing and flying over the bow!
Posted by Mike Vitt  in  Unites States  on  Thu Oct 29, 2009  at  02:07 AM
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