True life horror; a sequel of sorts to Scariest Horror Stories of All Time.
Some time ago I posted on this site an essay titled, “The Scariest Horror Stories of All Time”. This was a collection of scary non-fiction stories. Although reaction was mainly positive, I was surprised when some people told me that the essay was not remotely scary. Oh, well, I guess you can’t scare all of the people all of the time. So let me have another try.
One of the greatest true life horrors of all time was, of course, Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party. The Nazis committed atrocities undreamt of until that time. But I am sure that you are already well versed in the horrors of The Holocaust and the other human rights violations that the Nazis committed (if not, check out my poem on this site, “The Holocaust”). So I will restrict myself to an incident in Nazi Germany three or four years before World War Two even started.
It was about 1936 when a young German comic (I read this in a book twenty years ago, so I cannot remember his name after all of this time), we’ll call him Hanz, started to do a one-man stage show in Berlin, in which he spoofed the hell out of Hitler, Goering and the rest of the Nazi leaders. Usually he performed before a small audience, since the venue was not in the main part of town and most Germans were too afraid of the Nazis by that time to attend such a revue.
One evening he arrived at the club to be informed by the manager joyously that he had his first ever sell-out. A single party had booked the entire venue for the night. Going onto stage, Hanz did his act, spoofing Hitler and co., unable to see his audience in the glare of the floodlights. Throughout his act there was stony silence. No-one booed or jeered, but no-one laughed or applauded either.
When he had finished his act, the audience area was lit up and there in front of Hanz sat Adolph Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Hess, Himmler, and all of the biggest name Nazis staring wooden-faced at him.
Although the Nazis made no threats to him, and said nothing about his act, very wisely Hanz emigrated to the U.S.A. as soon as possible and did not return to Germany until years after World War Two had finished.
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