This bittersweet story about a Nazi propaganda machine blunder is not exactly new, but somehow it meshed quite well in my mind with several recent stories from our neck of the woods.
When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party propaganda. But what the Nazis didn’t know was that their perfect baby was really Jewish.But this is not the whole story yet, there was another angle - about a man whose courage should be an example for all of us:
“I can laugh about it now,” the 80-year-old Professor Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper in an interview. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”
Prof Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.
In 1935, with the city rife with anti-semitic attacks, Pauline Levinsons took her six-month-old daughter Hessy to a well-known Berlin photographer to have her baby photograph taken.Now this story for some reason made me think about another, more modern, example of manipulating pictures, for much less honorable purposes. And I have to ask for indulgence of the reader at this point. Nazi evil overshadows a majority, if not all, of the evil things people have done to people in our history. The Pallywood hacks, whose creative effort is mentioned below, are not in the Goebbels' class yet, but they are learning quickly. As this picture will confirm:
A few months later, she was horrified to find her daughter’s picture on the front cover of Sonne ins Hause, a major Nazi family magazine.
Terrified the family would be exposed as Jews, she rushed to the photographer, Hans Ballin. He told her he knew the family was Jewish, and had deliberately submitted the photograph to a contest to find the most beautiful Aryan baby.
“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous,” the photographer told her.
Hamas is using the pictures of the Fogel family massacre for their propaganda purposes and are claiming that this is what we did to a family in Gaza.Everything goes, as the next exhibit will corroborate:
Now compare the editor of a Nazi family magazine, who unwittingly has chosen a picture of a pretty baby to represent the best of the Aryan kids, with crude but effective Palestinian propagandists that knowingly use pictures of dead Jews to show the world some choice Zionist atrocities.Hooray for PALLYWOOD Pt 3.The #FreeGaza pond life seek to pass of Israelis THEY murdered as Palestinians! Do share. pic.twitter.com/OSCapIYUSu— David Vance (@DVATW) July 19, 2014
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