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TGIF: No Twitter for Hitler October 9, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Uncategorized.

Whether some of you will find this funny may be debatable. I actually found this to be pretty funny myself. I suspect some of the more staid Germans and German speakers might not appreciate it as much. Do yourselves a favor and don’t listen to the German, just read the subtitles.

This clip is from a German movie about Hitler’s last days called “Der Untergang” (Downfall). In German, he is finding out that Berlin is surrounded, SS Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner (who was supposed to lead a counter attack against the northern pincer of the Soviet assault on Berlin) refused to launch the attack, and the war is basically over (“Der Krieg ist aus“). He then lays into his generals and becomes resigned to his fate.

Not the funniest topic, but on the Internet nothing is sacred. The whole point is that it’s funny because the subtitles match up so well. The fact that most of you won’t understand the actual dialogue makes the subtitles work that much better. I myself am still trying to figure out how Twitter works, so some of this goes over my head. But those of you who are experienced Twitterers (Amybeth) will love it.


1. MM - October 10, 2008

There has been a craze in Britain for some time for using this particular clip in this way, but usually with reference to sports. There is a clip where Hitler is despairing because of bad football (soccer) results and says: at least we still have Cristiano Ronaldo – then he’s told he may be going to Real Madrid, and the complete despair sets in.
Obviously that wouldn’t work in the USA. Someone must have decided to take Twitter as the theme, although I don’t find it makes so much sense.
At least it shows how impressive the scene is where Hitler actually realizes the end has come.

2. jillsommer - October 10, 2008

Hi Margaret, thanks for the info! I have also seen it in reference to some copy editor not catching some commas on a writing blog I subscribe to. I can’t seem to find it now. YouTube is apparently flooded with clips as well that include Microsoft banning him, etc. I had no idea this had gotten so crazy and feel bad that I have now perpetuated it. Here’s an interesting article about the craze:


3. Brandon Fancher - October 11, 2008

I’m an avid Tweeter. This made me laugh so hard I cried. Thanks for the laugh!

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