Adolf Hitler is still dead. But you couldn’t put that by some people. There are untold numbers of conspiracy theories surround the man who is almost universally recognized as the most evil person in the 20th century. Some of those even claim that Adolf Hitler is alive, possibly living in South America, if not the United States.
While Adolf Hitler is responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews and other people who disagreed with him — or whom he just plain didn’t think were worth keeping alive — his sheer force of personality survives him. This past week marks 70 years since Adolf Hitler died.
Last year there was a Hitler Beauty Contest in Russia. On the website VKontakte, which has been described as “Russia’s Facebook”, an “Adolf Hitler” appreciation group page accepted uploads from beautiful Russian women. These pictures were being voted upon by other group members. The theme was “Miss Ostland 2014”. Ostland was an occupied area in the Baltic states, Poland, and Belarus set up by Nazi Germany in 1941. It was an area intended as “Lebensraum” or “living space” that the Nazis felt they could expand into and live once the rest of the world was conquered.
While to many Russians, it would be unthinkable to revere Adolf Hitler, these contestants included quotes with their photo about why they “love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler”.
Some contestants quotes include praise for Hitler for being “willing to experiment on people”. Another said Hitler was “our eternal race; He has been given eternal life”.
The VKontakte site did not want to be seen as harboring such hate-filled activities. They issued a statement that their terms of service prohibits “loading, storing, publishing, disseminating, making available or otherwise using any information which: propagandizes and/or contributes to racial, religious, ethnic hatred or hostility, propagandizes fascism or racial superiority.”