Hitler’s Yacht – the most mythologized man in history

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There probably has never been a man more demonized in the history of media than Adolph Hitler. Here’s a story about a British (!) boat that was said to have been linked to Hitler – or not. The truth isn’t important, but the myth is. Instructional from a fakeologist point of view – taking a phony story and burying it deep in ritual and consequence.

Nearly this entire show is devoted to the story of the boat known as “Hitler’s Yacht.” It’s a modern-day fable about what happens when the free market, the media, the World War II buffs, the Neo-Nazis, and the Jews all collide over a huge Nazi tourist trap. The boat arrived in America after World War II, and though there’s no evidence that Hitler ever set foot on the decks, the name was attached to the vessel in the 1950s, and it stuck. Reporter Alix Spiegel describes the story of the vessel as “the biography of a collective fantasy.”

Source: Hitler’s Yacht – This American Life

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