Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Adolf Hitler and his German Shepard (“Blondi”) on the balcony of The Berghof; ca. May 1942


Aww, that’s kind of cute. Maybe Hitler wasn’t so bad after all, eh? Let’s see what Wikipedia says:

“Hitler expressed doubts about the cyanide capsules he had received through Heinrich Himmler’s SS. To verify the capsules’ potency, Hitler ordered Dr. Werner Haase to test them on his dog Blondi, and the dog died as a result.”



When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown by Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below.
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the Soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn,
Pass on – it honors none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one – and here he lies.

Lord Byron [1788-1824], Epitaph to a Dog.


7 responses

  1. roaldengelbregtamundsen

    As a person who’s studied Hitler perhaps… all too much, I would like to point out that Hitler loved his dogs. However, the further the war progressed, the more anxious and mentally unstable he became. By the time cyanide was used on his dog he knew he wouldn’t live through the war, and his own suicide came only a few hours later I reckon. I think he just wanted to go with his dog.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

  2. Valkyrie Völuspá


    May 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  3. Call me naive, but I almost think Hitler’s devotion to the dog shows that maybe, in the flesh, he wasn’t so bad after all. Is it dreaming to think that underneath the monster exterior, he was a sensitive man with a heart of glass? The hardest part is to picture this, Hitler being normal, experiencing rapture over little things, like watching the ocean when the tide is high, or hanging on the telephone waiting for a call from his mother. One way or another, we have to accept that not all good boys are good and not all bad men are evil. There’s no exit from that realization. We are all in this together, on an island of lost souls. Perhaps when we accept this, we won’t be so quick to defile our planet by atomic warfare, trying to rip her to shreds, turning every innocent youngster into a war child.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  4. The dog he loved more than Germany.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  5. HE KILLED THAT DOG!!!! I will never forgive him for that.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  6. Just imagine how much more horrible he would be if he had killed SIX MILLION dogs or something! Thank God he wasn’t THAT evil.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  7. conscientiousskeptic

    Say what you will about the man, but the dog was a cutie.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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