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Hitler’s Favorite Car Makes Comeback?

From Reuters:

A car expert says he has tracked down Hitler’s favorite Mercedes to a garage near the town that helped the Austrian-born Fuehrer become a German citizen.

Classic cars specialist Michael Froehlich said he found the bullet-proof touring car after charting its postwar travels from Austria to Las Vegas and back to Munich, where Hitler burst onto the political scene with a failed putsch in 1923.

“It was the best car in the world at the time. Better than the Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls Royce or whatever,” Froehlich told Reuters from his office in Duesseldorf. “It was his favorite car: the one he used most often, which he used for parades.”

After being commissioned by a Cypriot buyer to find the vehicle, Froehlich discovered it had been bought by a farmer near Braunschweig, where in 1932 local Nazi officials got Hitler a civil servant’s job so he could claim citizenship.

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Hitler’s Hidden Underground City Found In Berlin (Video)

Interesting documentary about a group working deep beneath modern Berlin to discover and preserve complex tunnels of bunkers, even as the city is destroyed. Here's the official program description from National Geographic Channel:
Hitler's Hidden City is a subterranean adventure under the streets of Berlin, following the work of a team of German archaeologists and historians exposing and exploring the last remaining structures of the Third Reich. We gain rare access to an underground city ordered and -- in part -- designed by Hitler himself, part of a vast network of over 1000 bunkers and many miles of tunnels, much of which has remained sealed since the war. Eyewitnesses and historians add colorful stories to cutting edge CGI that bring to life this network of bunkers, how they were built and how they were used in the dark days of the downfall of Berlin.
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Neo-Nazi in Western Australia’s Parliament Cites Hitler

Ultra Conservative (read: Neo-Nazi) MP Peter Abetz cited Hitler in a speech he gave in Western Australia’s Legislative Assembly, trying to bolster support for new stop and search laws. From Australia’s ABC News:

There has been fiery debate in State Parliament over the government’s legislation proposing greater stop and search powers for police, with comparisons made to Nazi Germany.

The legislation would allow police to search people for weapons and drugs in areas such as Northbridge without having to prove grounds of suspicion.

Last night Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz spoke in support of the legislation and used the example of Hitler.

He said the dictator gained support because he provided people security in a time of anarchy.

The Opposition’s Mark McGowan today seized on the comments in State Parliament.

But Mr Abetz says he was not endorsing Hitler, only highlighting the importance people place on security.

“When it comes to the crunch, people prefer to be safe than to have freedom,” he said.

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Last Surviving Member of Hitler’s Inner Circle Dies

The Telegraph reports on the death of Fritz Darges, who died last Saturday at age 96:

Darges was the last surviving member of Hitler’s inner circle and was present for all major conferences, social engagements and policy announcements for four years of the war.

Much of his time after 1942 was either spent at Hitler’s eastern headquarters the ‘Wolf’s Lair’ at Rastenburg, East Prussia, or at his holiday home, the Berghof, on a mountain in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.

“We all dreamed of a greater German empire,” he said. “That is why I served him and would do it all again now,” said the man who had a career after the war selling cars.

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Trial of Nazi Hit Man Opens in Germany

From the Wall Street Journal:

AACHEN, Germany — An 88-year-old former member of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS went on trial Wednesday for the wartime hit-style killings of three civilians in the Netherlands.

While in captivity after the war, Heinrich Boere admitted to the killings to Dutch authorities. But he has managed to avoid prosecution for decades — first escaping from the Netherlands before he could be brought to trial, then successfully eluding the courts in Germany.

Teun de Groot, the son of one of Mr. Boere’s victims and a co-plaintiff, said before the trial he hoped Mr. Boere would be convicted on the three counts of murder.

“I feel like it will go to a good result,” he said.

Inside the court, cries of “Nazis get out, no fascists here” broke out as two skinheads wearing black neo-Nazi-styled garb took seats in the back.

Mr. Boere faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the 1944 killings of a bicycle-shop owner, a pharmacist and another civilian while part of an SS death squad codenamed “Silbertanne,” or “Silver Pine.” …

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