Using Bees To Effect Vengeance
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Absolutely bursting with absurdity. Sure, a dog giving it the Heil Hitler gets you some of the way there, but a Hitler t-shirt strikes me as just as strange. Such a weird consumerist trivialization -- he couldn't be there during the war, so he wears the t-shirt. Not to mention the image of an uniformed Hitler-tache-sporting Deutschlander professing bemusement at all the fuss while he orders his dog to give a Nazi salute. -- nothing to see here. And what is an Aryan supremacist doing with a mongrel dog anyway?
Anyway, without further ado:
Dog taught to give Hitler salute:
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who taught his dog Adolf to give a Hitler salute by raising his right paw has been charged with violating Germany's anti-Nazi laws, a Berlin court says.
Police investigated after members of the public complained they had seen the man giving the stiff-arm 'Hitler salute' and telling his dog: 'Adolf sit, give me the salute!', a court spokeswoman said.
As he was questioned by police the man ordered his black mongrel to give them the Hitler salute as well, she said.
Germany has strict laws banning the use of Nazi symbols, but the man, Roland Thein, sporting a Hitler-style moustache and military tunic, said he didn't understand what the fuss was about.
Thein demonstrated Adolf's 'Hitler salute' trick to a Reuters photographer in his back yard in southwestern Berlin after summoning the dog from a kennel with 'Adolf' painted over the entrance.
'Adolf, give me the salute!' Thein barked as the dog raised his right paw.
Thein also said he welcomed the media attention he and his dog were getting. The trial is set for Thursday.
Thein is also accused of shouting the Nazi battlecry 'Sieg Heil' in front of Berlin police and of wearing a 'Hitler' T-shirt and shouting 'Heil Hitler' at a market in the city."
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