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4 Hitler Deleted Scenes

Books, movies, and television have extensively depicted the most influential and tyrannical character of the 20th century. Even Quentin Tarantino invented a more satisfying death for the tyrant. But here are four deleted scenes that may not make the cut in future cinema. When you select a Hitler film's "not-so-special features" you may find a deleted scene with....

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1. Hitler the Incestuous Lover

William Shirer/ IMDB / Via imdb.com

It is commonly known that Hitler shot himself inside history's worst man-cave known as the Führerbunker. His wife Eva Braun died with him from biting cyanide. This all occurred after less than forty hours of marriage.

However, Adolf was only "kinda-sorta" into Eva. Their suicide pact notwithstanding there was only one woman he claimed to have loved all his life. Hitler's Summer of Love in 1928 would probably end up on the cutting room floor of any RomCom.

It had nothing to do with the fact that his boo had been nineteen years his junior. It was because:

Hitler was hopelessly in love with his blood-related niece.

The match was considered unconventional even within Hitler's political party. It should be enough to give anyone pause if even the Nazis say your relationship may be a little weird.

The 39-year-old Hitler however would hear nothing of it. His twenty-year-old niece/girlfriend was the daughter of Frau Angela Raubal. In what had clearly been a premise for a failed sitcom, Hitler had hired his half-sister and her two children to move in with him in his new villa and keep house while he pursued politics.

Upon his sibling's arrival Hitler immediately fell in love with her daughter. She was his niece, Angela Maria Raubal, or just "Geli". As an aspiring singer she had settled on a single-name long before Cher, Madonna, Charo, or Ke$ha.

Geli imagined a career in opera but instead had become Hitler's arm candy as he began his rise. The two spent every day together in the most beautiful parts of Europe. When confronted with objections from friends and neighbors, Hitler made the most hypocritical claim in modern history:

* His private life, he said, was his "own business".

Sadly, a heaping plate of cognitive dissonance would not allow him to apply the same thinking to millions of others. While Hitler was smitten, Geli was "just not that into" her mustachioed uncle. He had kept her from pursuing any dreams of stardom. She longed for a life outside of being a relationship captive. In three years he had rarely allowed her out of his sight.

Geli's story had tragically ended in suicide long before Eva. This deleted scene revealed both of Hitler's notable romances met the same gruesome end. If this had been in a movie it would have received a rotten percentage for lazy writing.

Reality, of course, is much stranger and sadder than fiction.

Unfortunately Geli's career in opera was doomed the moment her mother decided to take her half-brother's offer to come and keep house for him. Incidentally the villa in which she had been Hitler's girlfriend/prisoner has a deleted scene of its own. Hitler House depicted....

2. Hitler the Illegal Alien

William Shirer / CBS8/Youtube / Via cbs8.com

Hitler House would make an excellent horror movie title. The real-life location, however, was serene and beautiful. It rested high in the Bavarian Alps above the town of Berchtesgaden.

Aside from its beauty the house's location was a strategic one. This is because:

Hitler lived there for years as an illegal alien.

Hitler purposefully chose a home near the border in case he had to flee across it at any moment. He had to be prepared just in case the German authorities suddenly arrived to remove the troublesome public speaker.

This would be a highly ironic and satisfying deleted scene. Hitler would have to be depicted hiding in his cellar (or attic) in fear of German troops busting down his door.

To provide some context, Hitler was technically a man without a country at this point in his life. He had renounced his citizenship to his home country of Austria in 1925. This happened shortly after he had been released from prison for some shenanigans in a beer hall.

After getting out of prison he thought it was time to take his act of hate on the road. This was the point he had decided to upgrade from little Austria and become a full-citizen of Germany.

Germany proved that the first reaction is usually the best and turned Hitler down.

This was a severe problem for a man who had his eyes set on one day ruling a country that didn't want to offer him a Green Card. He lived on the border in fear of being deported at any moment for being an "undesirable alien".

Hitler's love of all things German stretched back to the beginning of his life as a child in Austria. Though he later renounced his citizenship, Austria had played a major role in his racism. It was the place that gave birth to the lost scene of....

3. Hitler the Nazi Viking

William Shirer

Hitler will forever be associated with Germany and the rule of the Nazi party. Fewer people associate the dictator with his actual birthplace. Whenever the Hitler film franchise inevitably reboots, however, the first gritty entry will be an origin story in Austria.

Austria was where Hitler's racism took root. There he had been exposed to ancient ideas that would later guide his deadly doctrines.

His extreme hang-up on variations in skin pigmentation had derived from the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the time of his birth in 1889 the Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the most important regimes in all of Europe.

The Austrian people were a minority in the Empire but had dominated the many groups within it for years. The nobility had spread the belief in Aryan superiority throughout the European continent. Many Austrians, including Hitler, also thought of themselves as simply "German".

The long-standing Empire's ideas of a Master Race were hardly original. The belief in Aryan superiority was an inheritance from their Nordic ancestors:

Warriors and conquerors commonly known as the Vikings.

Hitler loved to read about the exploits of the Vikings, Norse history, and the ancient mythology. It was from the study of Nordic tales that he gained the esoteric runes and symbols he later used for the trappings of the Third Reich.

White supremacists actually owe their tattoo collections to Hitler's bibliophile-tendencies. His study of Norse myths was responsible for reviving the swastika. Despite its previous appearances in many cultures it had become a symbol of hate and oppression that lasts to this day.

(Today, membership in any legitimate hate group still requires applicants to present no less than three swastikas inked on separate body parts prior to admittance.)

It took the end of World War I (then called The Great War) to break up this racist collective. But it was within this historical context that Hitler had come to see himself as a "good German". Not only that, he firmly believed that the rest of the world should be united under a German rule.

Furthermore, he had envisioned a future for the "inferior sorts" as Germany's slaves. Hitler often degraded others due to his own failures. In his youth it would be fair to say he had been....

4. Hitler the (Pre) Internet Troll

William Shirer/ South Park Studios / Via Southpark.com

By all indications Hitler had spent much of his formative years looking up racist topics and mantras in the only search engine available: books. He was known to fly off the handle over disagreements with his dad and had been an all-around brooder.

Basically Hitler began his career as: an Internet troll that lacked the Internet.

Hitler had one boyhood friend who, after choosing to remain nameless, recalled that:

* "Hitler was always up against something and at odds with the world. I never saw him taking anything lightly. (Hitler was a) "...pale, sickly, lanky youth who was usually shy and reticent."

* "But he could also fly into sudden bursts of hysterical anger against those who disagreed with him."

(Edit: Imagine following @YoungHitler on Twitter.)

Hitler spent much of his early trolling energy on his civil servant father and his school teachers. He never wanted to follow in his dad's career as a customs officer. He had constantly blamed his poor grades on the shortcomings of those who marked his papers.

Hitler himself later spoke of these teachers:

* "The majority of them, were somewhat mentally deranged, and quite a few ended their lives as lunatics."

This marked of a long, long trend of Hitler finding someone else to blame for anything that went wrong in his life. That certainly included his failure to gain admittance to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

After quitting school and being declined entry into the academy he traveled to the old capital of the Autro-Hungarian Empire itself: Vienna.

From 1909-1913 he spent what he later described as the most miserable years of his life in Vienna. By any definition he lived as a bum and vagrant before he began to gain momentum as a public speaker.

His time in poverty in the heart of a defunct Imperial capital reawakened his belief in Germans as the Master Race. Sadly it all began with an inability to handle criticism, dissent, or take responsibility for his actions. This scene would contain a long cast list of those who had the misfortune of being trolled by young Hitler.

In a film setting he most likely would have rejected even the wise words of the Grand Master of the Jedi Order, Yoda. In his 900 years of training Jedi he had learned much about hate and fear:

* “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
– Yoda

Wise words from a wise puppet! Fortunately no "Star Wars: A Hitler Story" is likely to be made. If Disney ran out of ideas it would begin with the failed Jedi Padawan, Hitler, rejecting this teacher.

I doubt it would be successful. Instead of turning to the Dark Side of the Force he would have just complained for two-hours about the lightsaber-wielding wizards over the Republic's holo-net boards.

Special Thanks: All of the deleted scenes and quotations from the life of Adolf Hitler came from the definitive biography on his life, "The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler", by William Shirer.

Shirer was an American war correspondent in Berlin during Hitler's years in power. In the opening chapter of this book he described his experience with Hitler as:

"...gave me the opportunity to meet him, to listen to his numerous speeches and to observe him at first hand at the moment of his greatest triumphs"

Thank you, Shirer, for enduring the presence of one of the most horrible "humans" to ever live. Your misfortune and duty made the invaluable historical record and insight into his past possible.

By: Jay Sandlin I am a History Guy, Nerd, Writer, and All-Day Dad.

Follow me @JSandlinWriter and visit me at www.JaySandlinWriter.com.

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