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Adolf Hitler, the traditional Irish music fan.




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Irish dancing as portrayed in this still from Der Fuchs von Glenarvon 1940

 

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Adolf Hitler, the Irish folk music fan | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral

Many Germans have shown an interest in traditional Irish music over the years, but this is one is news to me.
Apparently Sean Dempsey also played at the 1936 Olympics, which presumably was when this happened. I'd be interested to know if anyone can throw any more light on this event.
I recall reading an article a few years back (one of the Irish papers) where some Irish Uileann-piper is across in Germany and has to play before Hitler along with a lot of other folk musicians from around Europe. When his time for performance comes up, there was no chair. You can't play the uileann pipes standing up. So Auf Befehl Herrn Fuehrer! one of the SA or SS men was ordered to kneel down on all fours and he served as the chair for our bowld lad who did his jigs and reels before Adolf. Not the most romantic setting but there you are. I think it might have been at the Olympics... but I just don't recall the detail of names and such.
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sure its a well known fact adolf lost one of his lanigans doing a jig
 

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I recall reading an article a few years back (one of the Irish papers) where some Irish Uileann-piper is across in Germany and has to play before Hitler along with a lot of other folk musicians from around Europe. When his time for performance comes up, there was no chair. You can't play the uileann pipes standing up. So Auf Befehl Herrn Fuehrer! one of the SA or SS men was ordered to kneel down on all fours and he served as the chair for our bowld lad who did his jigs and reels in before Adolf. Not the most romantic setting but there you are. I think it might have been at the Olympics... but I just don't recall the detail of names and such.
done my best.
wonder if that was the inspiration for sasha cohens people furniture in the movie BRUNO
 

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there is an adolf o hitler, maybe a distant relation

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One of the few good stories out of the second world war. They say war brings out the worst and the best of people... do some research on William Patrick Hitler. It's the Hitler Irish connection
You wouldn't believe it over the Pie boards.
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Hitler was only interested in German music and specifically Richard Wagner.
Wagner's music and opera is filled suitably with dark brooding menace and macho mythological themes.

[video=youtube;L8wHteSOwW4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8wHteSOwW4[/video]

Or extreme romantic flights of fancy

[video=youtube;jM0i-630CO4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM0i-630CO4[/video]

Charlie Chaplin parodied his egoism perfectly in the Great Dictator

[video=youtube;XHpvzXZoGx4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHpvzXZoGx4[/video]
 

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It's hardly unusual to like various musical styles of course. I do anyway.
That's fair comment.

but it doesn't take from the fact that Hitler's taste in music was of the classical variety.

I doubt that Irish traditional music had much impact internationally at that time. Perhaps it did in locations where the Irish emigrated to but it wouldn't have had much impact in other countries at that time.
 

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Hitler's interest in Ireland was because his brother, Alois Jr, lived in Ireland for a while, where he worked as a waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel. Alois married Brigid Dowling (whose family lived off Mespil Road) in 1910. They had a son, William Patrick Hitler, who changed his surname after the war and died in 1987. Bridget Dowling Hitler died in 1969. She had divorced Alois in the 1920s because he was violent. William Patrick Hitler served in the US Navy during World War II while his mother campaigned publicly for the Allies.

Through his Irish sister-in-law and Irish nephew, Adolf Hitler supposedly became interested in all things Irish.
 

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Hitler grew up in a country with a discredited political elite, a financial crash, etc etc... and he listened to diddley diddley music too ? if he had his way he would have done the same to us as they did in Norway. Got all the women preggers with german officers , still, could have meant an extra eurovision song winner for the emerald isle ?
 

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The Fuhrers and Davey Arthur ;)
 

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Part 1 of this Nazi pile of crap.

[video=youtube;-Ct8wkPIKUo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ct8wkPIKUo&feature=related[/video]
 

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...Many Germans have shown an interest in traditional Irish music over the years, but this is one is news to me.
Apparently Sean Dempsey also played at the 1936 Olympics, which presumably was when this happened. I'd be interested to know if anyone can throw any more light on this event.
Earlier this year I heard a radio programme where a women spoke about dancing for Josef Goebbels and other Nazis. I think it was during the Berlin Olympics and though Hitler was mentioned,I can't remember if she said he was there. Not certain,but I think it was the Mooney show on Radio One.
 

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Hitler's interest in Ireland was because his brother, Alois Jr, lived in Ireland for a while, where he worked as a waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel. Alois married Brigid Dowling (whose family lived off Mespil Road) in 1910. They had a son, William Patrick Hitler, who changed his surname after the war and died in 1987. Bridget Dowling Hitler died in 1969. She had divorced Alois in the 1920s because he was violent. William Patrick Hitler served in the US Navy during World War II while his mother campaigned publicly for the Allies.

Through his Irish sister-in-law and Irish nephew, Adolf Hitler supposedly became interested in all things Irish.
Hrmmm.. Tommy, not sure if all the above is 100%. The main body of it is, he did work in the Shelbourne and he did marry a Dowling.. He was still around Europe into the 30's and apparently had to flee Germany as Hitler was so embarrassed by him that he sent "the lads" after him... Their 3 children still live in upstate New York and never got married, or had any kids. Decided to let the "Hitler gene" die with them.... Apparently.
 

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