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Adolf Hitler was the leader of Germany from 1933-1945 and one of modern history's most hated and notorious figures. Hitler first was appointed chancellor in 1933, but he began to change all of the laws of the Weimar Republican Germany, including free speech and voting, and soon became known to the Holocaust survivors and the average German people as a totalitarian dictator.
Hitler believed what was causing problems for Germany were the Jewish population because they ran banks and dealt with money. To deal with them, Hitler opened labor camps in the empire to kidnap Jewish people around Europe and work them to death. Those who refused to work would be immediately killed upon arrival. The people running the camps were brutal and the camps were unsanitary. To prevent escape, Hitler ordered barbed wire to be placed around the fences to poke anyone who tried to escape. In addition, if that failed, people could risk getting shot by the guards. The best known labor camp in the Nazi empire, Auschwitz-Birkaneau, was closed in January 1945 after being liberated by the allies.
Hitler ordered the German army to invade Poland in 1939 which started World War II. During the war, he was used as a symbol for all that the Allies were fighting against and became the main antagonist of countless wartime propaganda cartoons, some of the most famous being of the cartoons now known collectively as Looney Tunes.
Hitler unofficially married his long-time lover Eva Braun one day before his death. The next day, Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945 after seeing the demise of his utopia. His wife also killed herself that same day. After Hitler died, Nazi Germany surrendered and war crimes were charged against many of Hitler's officials and assistants.
Character in the cartoons
Unlike Disney, who tended to take a more "mock" documentary of Nazism, the Looney Tunes cartoons were more blatant in their contempt for Hitler and he was a wild, exaggerated yet genuinely reviled character in every short that featured him.
Adolf Hitler has appeared in thirteen Looney Tunes cartoons to date, ten of which he is human. In each of these, he appears in a caricature form and typically faces one of the Looney Tunes characters (the most prominent ones being Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck).
- "Bosko's Picture Show" (cameo) (1933) (first appearance of Adolf Hitler in a Warner Bros. cartoon) (no lines)
- "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter" (cameo) (1937) (appears on the movie screen) (no lines)
- "Nutty News" (1942)
- "The Ducktators" (caricatured as a duck) (1942)
- "Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner" (caricatured as a fox) (1942)
- "The Fifth-Column Mouse" (caricatured as a cat) (1943)
- "Tokio Jokio" (1943)
- "Tin Pan Alley Cats" (1943)
- "Scrap Happy Daffy" (1943)
- "Daffy - The Commando" (1943)
- "Plane Daffy" (1944)
- "Russian Rhapsody" (1944)
- "Herr Meets Hare" (1945) (final Hitler cartoon)
He also appears in the following Private Snafu cartoons: