A Very Weird Song About Adolf Hitler

Hitler's Early Childhood, Recounted in Song

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 06:00 AM

Inga Anderson and Harold Stead, "Heil, Adolph" (Andy Lanset Collection/NYPR Archives)

World War II ended in Europe on May 7, 1945 with the formal acceptance by the Allies of Germany's surrender. This mysterious recording offers a satirical theory on the early childhood of one of its major players, Adolf Hitler.

This one-of-a-kind disc was recorded on August 23, 1940 in London, at the height of the Battle of Britain and just two weeks before the start of the terrible German blitz bombings on that city. Although satirical songs about Hitler were not uncommon even before the start of WWII, we know little about this recording and its performers, Inga Anderson and Harold Stead. Was she a Canadian comedienne? Who wrote the defiant piece? So far, these mysteries remain unsolved.


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Thank you for the link to the great photo of Inga Anderson/Andersen. Wish the link to the "source" of the pic was not broken.

Oct. 27 2014 09:30 AM
Alphonse Credenza

Inga Anderson or Inga Andersen. On London stage late 1930s. See The London Stage 1930-1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. And pictured in two images here:

Aug. 25 2014 11:50 PM
Adolf Hitler Insider from Berlin, Germany

Very few people are aware Adolf Hitler was an avid fisherman and snorkeler. Adolf started to snorkel at the age of 5 in Hawaii. Adolf loved to swim and catch the fish a native told Germany. When Adolf was 12 he started to deep sea fish off Germany. One his first fishing trip he caught a 69 pound cod. One year later Adolf caught the worlds largest Cod that weighed 131 pounds. The German people waved to Adolf as he approached the shore with his record catch.

Jul. 07 2014 02:27 AM

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