Definitely, Adolf Hitler, leader of National Socialist Germany that dominated much of Europe during World War IIis one of the most important and controversial characters in the recent history of humanity.
Much has been said about the figure of the former German soldier, from the acts of the Teutonic country that were tattooed in the collective memory -which have meant prejudice towards the Germans to this day- and even the private life of the famous commander.
Behind the Jewish Holocaust, the joint invasion of Poland with the Soviet Union, his relationship with Benito Mussolini and Francisco Franco; and his charisma before the masses, a man with particular tastes that many assume as alien to a person with a villainous temperament like him was hidden.
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One of Hitler’s particularities was his love for dogs, specifically German shepherds. For him Fuhrer (leader or chief in German), this dog breed represented the symbolic principles of National Socialism: loyalty, character and the ability to work more efficiently compared to other species. This last aspect served as a metaphor to give strength to his speeches in defense of racism.
First war, first pet
The story of Adolf Hitler and his pets began long ago, more precisely in the First World War, in which he participated as a soldier.
In that warlike conflict, the then combatant of the German empire met his first pet: a street dog that he named Foxl. This dog was his closest companion during the conflict, as it was Hitler’s only way out of recurrent violence on the battlefield.
It is well known that Hitler loved dogs, during the war dogs had ration cards.
About Foxl his dog during the IWW
“It’s enormous how much I loved that bug. No one could touch me without Foxl getting furious. He didn’t follow anyone but me. https://t.co/N4ZYuWrqm9 pic.twitter.com/pToAlbCdwi
— Hattori Hanzō (@HanzoRMCF1902) July 8, 2022
In his little free time, he dedicated himself to playing with him, teaching him tricks, and even talking, which helped him alleviate his insecurities with other living beings, since Adolf he was a person who did not like to have many friendsdespite being surrounded by comrades during the ‘Great War’.
However, the story would have a sad ending: the dog got lost in a train station, never to return. Hitler, in frustration, blamed his squadmates, because he believed that they hid it from him
Once the First World War was over, Hitler was in a difficult economic situation, so he remained in the almost decimated German army until 1920. Despite this, misery continued to breathe down his neck, and in the midst of despair he adopted a new pet .
It was about Prinz, her first german shepherd This was the dog that began to inspire him for his philosophy and nation project. He never gave it up, even though Adolf sometimes didn’t have enough to support him. Even after giving it up for adoption, the dog returned to his lap, as the American magazine ‘National Geographic’ assures.
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Prinz would be his faithful companion in his rise within the German Workers’ Party, which was later renamed the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, all in the midst of a time of crisis in the Teutonic nation called ‘The Weimar Republic’.
Blondie: the favorite over his wife
After more than a decade rising in the new National Socialist party, Adolf Hitler finally took power in Germany in 1933, so he proceeded to found a new state, eliminating the monarchical system to found a republic.
In the midst of all these events, he adopted a new dog, who was also a German Shepherd, and by far his favorite pet. He called her Blondie, the one who would be his companion from his coming to power until the end of World War II.
At that time, Hitler was married to Eva Braun, whom he met in 1929. However, those close to the then German chancellor commented that there was a preference of the leader of Nazism with his dog over his own wife.
When there were meetings in the Führer’s retirement home in the Bavarian Alps, he would brag about his pet, because for him, the race Blondie belonged to represented everything she dreamed Germany would be.
There are numerous photographic records of the German chancellor accompanied by his wife and their dog. Without a doubt, the close relationship between master and pet was evident, which lasted until the last days of his life.
The end of Adolf, Blondie and Nazism
It was 1945, and the allies, led by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, arrived in Berlin with a single goal: to defeat Nazism once and for all.
At that moment, Hitler was in the chancellery bunker finalizing the details to take his own life. He was accompanied by his family and his entire entourage. Obviously, the leader of the nation who was on his knees before the allies had his dog and her puppies by his side.
By express order, one of Hitler’s personal doctors prepared some cyanide capsules for later consumption by the chancellor and his wife. However, Blondie’s own master decided to use his pet as a test subject for said pill.
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All this logistics served a purpose: the leader did not want the Allies to catch them alive as trophies of war.
After a struggle with the dog to get her to eat the pill, Blondie finally passed away at her master’s feet. The formula worked, but the sentimental cost was very high for the Fuhrerwho already had a very deteriorated mental health.
Finally, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun took their lives in the bunker of the German chancellery on April 30, 1945, thanks to cyanide pills, accompanied by a shot to the head, which spelled the end of National Socialist Germany. The whereabouts of their bodies are unknown to this day.
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