A Spare Head with A Kinder Facial Expression

Don’t you wish you had one?  The new Ukrainian Adolf Hitler doll does, according to the Daily Mail [h/t Paul R.]:

An action-man style doll of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has gone on sale in the Ukraine, with saleswomen comparing the doll to Barbie.

Supermarkets in the capital Kiev are stocking the 40 centimetre high 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.

A few comments:

  • First, one-hundred bleedin’ pounds?  Isn’t this probably 5 times the monthly salary in the Ukraine?
  • This reminds me of an passage in Hans Massaquoi’s Destined to Witness, an account of his childhood growing up half-black in Nazi Germany.  Turns out one that the main hobby of young boys growing up in the Third Reich was meeting after school to trade dolls of the Nazi Party leadership (literally, "I’ll trade you two Goebbels for a Himmler").  The kid who collected the entire set got all the respect.  Massaquoi relates that he was just as passionate a doll-trader as all of his buddies.
  • Let me register my irritation at the lazy gits at the Daily Mail, who don’t even tell you the name the company that makes the doll.  I thought they taught you to answer the questions "who, what, where, when and why" in Journalism 101.  Why would they omit this basic information?  Are they afraid that thousands of Daily Mail readers will suddenly…oh, wait, I get it.

2 thoughts on “A Spare Head with A Kinder Facial Expression

  1. It’s worth reading this http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1209570049 to understand that the guys from the Daily Mail are involved in a nasty business. I tried to post comments on their article (because they still haven’t removed it unlike the BBC or the Telegraph), but they simply censor them out. By keeping this misleading story without further ado they perpetuate prejudice their readers might already have about Ukraine and Eastern Europe (just look at the comments).

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