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

Hitler’s Pants being burnt by the allies after the war; ca 1947

 

Führer Führer Hosen auf Feuer?

I’ve always loved the pointing gesture. As if to say “See? invade and occupy most of Europe, murder tens of millions of people, and we will burn your goddamn pants.”

The Nazis had carefully preserved the pants from the  Operation Valkyrie assassination attempt and the allies inherited them after the war. They were concerned that if they put them in a museum they’d end up becoming a shrine to Hitler so they burnt them instead.

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