Han van Meegeren was a legendary art forger who sold fake Old Master paintings to the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands, once cheating Hermann Göring out of over a million guilders. He is now celebrated as a Dutch national hero.
In 1936 part-time inventor Anton Loibl, a Nazi, and Hitler’s chauffeur, invented bicycle reflectors. The SS went into business with him. The Nazis then brought in traffic laws requiring all bicycles to have reflectors, creating a cash windfall for the SS.
The Vatican is accused by Serbs, Jews and Roma of laundering millions of dollars of stolen gold and jewelry, plundered from concentration camp prisoners in Croatia, immediately after WW2. It is also alleged that they helped several notorious Nazi leaders hide and escape.
The Austrian town of Salzberg initally refused Nazi flags to be hung off buildings for the filming of The Sound of Music. When the director threatened to use real archival footage of the city enthusiastically greeting Hitler, they quickly changed their mind and allowed it.
The Nazi’s went on an Antarctic expedition to claim it before WW2. When doing airplane surveys they had to drop weight, so they dropped boxes of metal swastikas that were supposed to be dropped all over Antarctica. So there’s boxes of swastikas on the Antarctic ocean floor somewhere.
The Nazi Sieg Heil was ridiculed by some people. Since “heil” is also the imperative of the German verb “heilen” (“to heal”), a common joke in Nazi Germany was to reply with “Is he sick?”, “Am I a doctor?”, or “You heal him!”
Adolf Hitler’s personal chauffeur and close confidant, Emil Maurice, was Jewish. He was also one of the founding members of the SS. After uncovering of his Jewish heritage, Hitler declared that he was an ‘honorary Aryan’ and prevented him from being expelled from the SS by Himmler.
During the Nuremberg Trials, Nazi Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess gave a bizarre final statement about “mysterious means” used for government mind control, as well as having been visited by people with strange eyes, “glassy and like eyes in a dream.”
A store refused to decorate a 3 yr old child’s cake with “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler!” The public attention from his father’s outrage at this refusal expedited his removal from the home. The father no longer has custody of any of his 9 children due to “instability” and lack of court compliance.
Jaguar was originally called SS Cars and renamed itself in 1945 to avoid confusion with the Nazi organization.