Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Fake Hitler Quote on Law and Order

The streets of our country are in turmoil. The universities are full of students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country. Russia is threatening us with her might and the republic is in danger.

Yes, danger from within and from without. We need law and order. Without law and order our nation cannot survive. 

Elect us and we shall restore law and order. We will be respected by the nations of the world for law and order. Without law and order, our republic will fall. -- Adolph Hitler, 1932.

Los Angeles Free Press, vol. 5, no. 49, issue 229, Dec. 5-12, 1968, p. 5

This fake Adolf Hitler quote, or variations of it, appeared often in American underground and anti-war newspapers from 1969 to 1971, an era of civil unrest when many conservative politicians ran on law-and-order platforms. Paul F. Boller, Jr. and John George, in They Never Said It (Oxford University Press, 1989), state that the quote “originally appeared in an obscure Communist periodical,” but they neglect to name the source.

The following example from Fatigue Press (Fort Hood, Austin, Texas), issue 14, 1969, p. 6, features a caricature of President Nixon in a Nazi uniform.

In the poster below, a photo of Nixon is altered to make him appear like Hitler.

This cartoon is unusual in claiming that Hitler said this in 1931. Underwood (St. Louis, MO), vol. 1, no. 3, May 1970, p. 3; Your Military Left (San Antonio, Texas), vol. 1, no. 4, Oct. 1971, p. 12. The crudely redrawn version is from Out Now (Long Beach, CA), vol. 1, no. 1, May 1970.

Sometimes the quote is presented in the form of a test. [Top] Shakedown (Fort Dix, Wrightstown, NJ), vol. 1, no. 4, 6 June 1969, pp. 6, 3. [Bottom] We Got the Brass (Boulogne, France), no. 1, 1969, p. 6. 

All the periodicals above can be accessed at Independent Voices.

For writer Jerome Beatty Jr.’s part in promulgating this quote, see his article “Funny Stories,” Esquire, November 1970, 44, 46.

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