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1st Jan '13 9:27:22 PM erforce
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->''"[[DemocracyIsBad Democracy]]... [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign SCHTONK!]]"''
-->-- '''His Excellency Adenoid Hynkel''', Phooey of Greater Tomainia, Conqueror of Osterlich, Future Emperor of the World

'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...

Chaplin planned and shot the film in 1939-1940; France was conquered during the filming, which may have influenced the final tone of the film. While Chaplin understood from first-hand accounts how hostile the Third Reich was to Jews, at the time of filming, he was ignorant of the true nature of Hitler's Final Solution (which nobody could have known about, as the Final Solution wasn't formalized and implemented until 1942). After WorldWarII, Chaplin expressed some regret about the film, telling interviewers that he might not have made it if he'd known the whole story.

''TheGreatDictator'' was (of course) banned in NaziGermany, although prints of the film still found their way into occupied Europe. According to an eyewitness, AdolfHitler obtained a copy of the film and watched it twice; when Chaplin found this out, he said that he would "give anything to know what he thought of it". Britain had announced that they were going to ban the film while the film was in production (so that it wouldn't interfere with the country's appeasement policy with Nazi Germany), but when the film was released, Britain had entered the war against the Nazis, and the film couldn't be brought in fast enough; it ended up providing some badly needed laughs at a time where laughs were in short supply for Britain (and most of Europe).

Ironically, for all of the controversy surrounding it, ''The Great Dictator'' was not the first American anti-Nazi comedy film -- Chaplin was upstaged by TheThreeStooges with the short film ''YouNaztySpy'' by nine months.

The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film, released over a decade after the rest of Hollywood transitioned to sound. (In the meantime Chaplin had stubbornly made ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as silent films.)

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!!''The Great Dictator'' includes examples of the following tropes:

* ActingForTwo: Yep.
* ArmiesAreEvil: The Tomanian Army.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: A quite memorable (and hilarious) example of faux-German
* AuthorTract / BalconySpeech / RousingSpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbn-GjL6WLA "Look up, Hannah".]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Lampshaded with the inventions by Hynkel's scientists.
* BlackSpeech: The pseudo-Germanic gibberish that constitutes all but three words of Hynkel's opening address. It's so difficult to pronounce that Hynkel descends into coughing fits twice during the speech.
* TheCaligula: Hynkel
* CannonFodder: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] during the final speech.
--> "Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder."
* TheEeyore: One of the Jewish men at the ghetto .
* {{Egopolis}}: The capital of Tomainia is completely dedicated to their Fooey, from Hynkelstrassen to Hynkel Stadium.
* TheEmpire: Tomainia.
* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: All the signs in the Jewish Ghetto are written in Esperanto.
* EvilChancellor: Garbitsch.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Garbitsch again.
* GainaxEnding: An extraordinary one in which Chaplin steps out of character and delivers a RousingSpeech.
* GeneralFailure: Grand Marshall Herring.
* TheGeneralissimo: Hynkel
* HistoryMarchesOn: What the world later learned about the concentration camps and death camps makes the scene where the barber is sent to a very mild-looking concentration camp rather jarring, although the death camps weren't technically established until after the invasion of Russia, and the concentration camps varied greatly up to that point as well.
** The rivalry between Hynkel and Benzino seems strange to modern audiences, who are only familiar with UsefulNotes/FascistItaly as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany -- the conflict between Hitler and Mussolini over the occupation of Austria is long forgotten.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Commander Schultz]].
* HiddenElfVillage: Osterlich.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hynkel gets arrested by his own men who are looking for the Jewish barber.
* HufflepuffHouse: Bacteria.
* HypocriticalHumor: Dark-haired Hynkel and Garbitsch talk about how brunettes can't be trusted, unlike Aryan blondes.
* IdenticalStranger / EvilTwin: Both fictional dictator Hynkel and the unnamed barber, and (to a lesser extent) Hitler & Chaplin.
* MickeyMousing: An astonishing scene where the Jewish Barber shaves a customer in perfect time with the Hungarian Dance #5. Supposedly the intent was to record multiple takes and piece it together in editing; instead Chaplin brought the phonograph to the set, played the music, and nailed the entire routine on the first practice take.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: Underwater tanks and flying dreadnoughts are mentioned.
* MindScrew: Hynkel and Garbitsch try to psychologically dominate Benzino. It doesn't work.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The sons and daughters of the Double Cross.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In this case, no [[NaziGermany European politicians]] were harmed... [[WorldWarTwo yet]].
** This is even lampshaded at the beginning on the film.
* NoEnding: Or, rather, an ending that leaves the plot hanging for a (quite effective and moving) AuthorTract.
* NoNameGiven: The main character is a barber whose name is never revealed.
* NoSwastikas: The [[MeaningfulName Double Cross]].
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Commander Schultz.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: Parodied - the film begins with the notice: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".
* PrinceAndPauper: The dictator and the barber in this case.
* PsychopathicManchild: The dictator plays with his "globe" in a manner similar to a very young child in his office.
* PunnyName: Garbitsch.
* RealitySubtext: Chaplin got the idea for this film when someone noticed how The Tramp and Hitler looked alike.
* RipVanWinkle: The protagonist got amnesia and spent the whole time between WWI and WWII in a mental asylum.
* {{Ruritania}}: Tomainia, Osterlich and Bacteria. AKA Germany, Austria, and Italy respectively.
* RousingSpeech: At the end of the film, the barber, mistaken for Hynkel is supposed to tell a victory speech. Instead, he gives a speech in which he calls for humanity in general to break free from dictatorships and use science and progress to make the world better.
* RushmoreRefacement: The Venus De Milo and Rodin's Thinker doing the Nazi Salute.
* SpinningPaper: To show the passage of time.
* SpockSpeak: Garbitsch.
* TactfulTranslation: Done with one of the dictator's speeches [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg here]].
** It's also an example of TranslationYes.
* TakeThat: Chaplin's closing speech. For a man know for being silent, when Chaplin spoke, he had something to say.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TheTramp:
** The Jewish Barber is the last appearance of Chaplin's Tramp character, and spends much of his time silent.
** The simple fact that the Tramp speaks in this film has led some to regard him as a different character and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as the last appearance of the Tramp.
* VisualPun: The omnipresent symbol of Hynkel's regime is the ''double-cross''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In his autobiography Chaplin, who'd resisted for ten years going over to talkies, revealed that his original concept of the film was to mix silent sequences featuring the Tramp with talking sequences featuring The Great Dictator.
* WideEyedIdealist: Hannah.
* WorldWarOne: The beginning is set here.
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->''"[[DemocracyIsBad Democracy]]... [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign SCHTONK!]]"''
-->-- '''His Excellency Adenoid Hynkel''', Phooey of Greater Tomainia, Conqueror of Osterlich, Future Emperor of the World

'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...

Chaplin planned and shot the film in 1939-1940; France was conquered during the filming, which may have influenced the final tone of the film. While Chaplin understood from first-hand accounts how hostile the Third Reich was to Jews, at the time of filming, he was ignorant of the true nature of Hitler's Final Solution (which nobody could have known about, as the Final Solution wasn't formalized and implemented until 1942). After WorldWarII, Chaplin expressed some regret about the film, telling interviewers that he might not have made it if he'd known the whole story.

''TheGreatDictator'' was (of course) banned in NaziGermany, although prints of the film still found their way into occupied Europe. According to an eyewitness, AdolfHitler obtained a copy of the film and watched it twice; when Chaplin found this out, he said that he would "give anything to know what he thought of it". Britain had announced that they were going to ban the film while the film was in production (so that it wouldn't interfere with the country's appeasement policy with Nazi Germany), but when the film was released, Britain had entered the war against the Nazis, and the film couldn't be brought in fast enough; it ended up providing some badly needed laughs at a time where laughs were in short supply for Britain (and most of Europe).

Ironically, for all of the controversy surrounding it, ''The Great Dictator'' was not the first American anti-Nazi comedy film -- Chaplin was upstaged by TheThreeStooges with the short film ''YouNaztySpy'' by nine months.

The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film, released over a decade after the rest of Hollywood transitioned to sound. (In the meantime Chaplin had stubbornly made ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as silent films.)

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!!''The Great Dictator'' includes examples of the following tropes:

* ActingForTwo: Yep.
* ArmiesAreEvil: The Tomanian Army.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: A quite memorable (and hilarious) example of faux-German
* AuthorTract / BalconySpeech / RousingSpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbn-GjL6WLA "Look up, Hannah".]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Lampshaded with the inventions by Hynkel's scientists.
* BlackSpeech: The pseudo-Germanic gibberish that constitutes all but three words of Hynkel's opening address. It's so difficult to pronounce that Hynkel descends into coughing fits twice during the speech.
* TheCaligula: Hynkel
* CannonFodder: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] during the final speech.
--> "Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder."
* TheEeyore: One of the Jewish men at the ghetto .
* {{Egopolis}}: The capital of Tomainia is completely dedicated to their Fooey, from Hynkelstrassen to Hynkel Stadium.
* TheEmpire: Tomainia.
* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: All the signs in the Jewish Ghetto are written in Esperanto.
* EvilChancellor: Garbitsch.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Garbitsch again.
* GainaxEnding: An extraordinary one in which Chaplin steps out of character and delivers a RousingSpeech.
* GeneralFailure: Grand Marshall Herring.
* TheGeneralissimo: Hynkel
* HistoryMarchesOn: What the world later learned about the concentration camps and death camps makes the scene where the barber is sent to a very mild-looking concentration camp rather jarring, although the death camps weren't technically established until after the invasion of Russia, and the concentration camps varied greatly up to that point as well.
** The rivalry between Hynkel and Benzino seems strange to modern audiences, who are only familiar with UsefulNotes/FascistItaly as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany -- the conflict between Hitler and Mussolini over the occupation of Austria is long forgotten.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Commander Schultz]].
* HiddenElfVillage: Osterlich.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hynkel gets arrested by his own men who are looking for the Jewish barber.
* HufflepuffHouse: Bacteria.
* HypocriticalHumor: Dark-haired Hynkel and Garbitsch talk about how brunettes can't be trusted, unlike Aryan blondes.
* IdenticalStranger / EvilTwin: Both fictional dictator Hynkel and the unnamed barber, and (to a lesser extent) Hitler & Chaplin.
* MickeyMousing: An astonishing scene where the Jewish Barber shaves a customer in perfect time with the Hungarian Dance #5. Supposedly the intent was to record multiple takes and piece it together in editing; instead Chaplin brought the phonograph to the set, played the music, and nailed the entire routine on the first practice take.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: Underwater tanks and flying dreadnoughts are mentioned.
* MindScrew: Hynkel and Garbitsch try to psychologically dominate Benzino. It doesn't work.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The sons and daughters of the Double Cross.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In this case, no [[NaziGermany European politicians]] were harmed... [[WorldWarTwo yet]].
** This is even lampshaded at the beginning on the film.
* NoEnding: Or, rather, an ending that leaves the plot hanging for a (quite effective and moving) AuthorTract.
* NoNameGiven: The main character is a barber whose name is never revealed.
* NoSwastikas: The [[MeaningfulName Double Cross]].
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Commander Schultz.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: Parodied - the film begins with the notice: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".
* PrinceAndPauper: The dictator and the barber in this case.
* PsychopathicManchild: The dictator plays with his "globe" in a manner similar to a very young child in his office.
* PunnyName: Garbitsch.
* RealitySubtext: Chaplin got the idea for this film when someone noticed how The Tramp and Hitler looked alike.
* RipVanWinkle: The protagonist got amnesia and spent the whole time between WWI and WWII in a mental asylum.
* {{Ruritania}}: Tomainia, Osterlich and Bacteria. AKA Germany, Austria, and Italy respectively.
* RousingSpeech: At the end of the film, the barber, mistaken for Hynkel is supposed to tell a victory speech. Instead, he gives a speech in which he calls for humanity in general to break free from dictatorships and use science and progress to make the world better.
* RushmoreRefacement: The Venus De Milo and Rodin's Thinker doing the Nazi Salute.
* SpinningPaper: To show the passage of time.
* SpockSpeak: Garbitsch.
* TactfulTranslation: Done with one of the dictator's speeches [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg here]].
** It's also an example of TranslationYes.
* TakeThat: Chaplin's closing speech. For a man know for being silent, when Chaplin spoke, he had something to say.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TheTramp:
** The Jewish Barber is the last appearance of Chaplin's Tramp character, and spends much of his time silent.
** The simple fact that the Tramp speaks in this film has led some to regard him as a different character and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as the last appearance of the Tramp.
* VisualPun: The omnipresent symbol of Hynkel's regime is the ''double-cross''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In his autobiography Chaplin, who'd resisted for ten years going over to talkies, revealed that his original concept of the film was to mix silent sequences featuring the Tramp with talking sequences featuring The Great Dictator.
* WideEyedIdealist: Hannah.
* WorldWarOne: The beginning is set here.
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1st Jan '13 9:27:06 PM erforce
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11th Dec '12 2:29:42 PM gallium
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The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film. He'd refrained from making a "talkie" far after ''TheJazzSinger''. His greatest film, ''Film/ModernTimes'', was a silent film released in 1936.

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The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film. He'd refrained from making a "talkie" far after ''TheJazzSinger''. His greatest film, ''Film/ModernTimes'', was a silent film released in 1936.over a decade after the rest of Hollywood transitioned to sound. (In the meantime Chaplin had stubbornly made ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as silent films.)



* ActingForTwo: Yep.



* TheTramp: The Jewish Barber is the last appearance of Chaplin's Tramp character, and spends much of his time silent.

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* TheTramp: TheTramp:
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The Jewish Barber is the last appearance of Chaplin's Tramp character, and spends much of his time silent.silent.
** The simple fact that the Tramp speaks in this film has led some to regard him as a different character and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as the last appearance of the Tramp.
24th Nov '12 8:05:52 PM Antwan
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-->'' "[[DemocracyIsBad Democracy]]...[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign SCHTONK!]]" ''
-->- His Excellency Adenoid Hynkel, Phooey of Greater Tomainia, Conqueror of Osterlich, Future Emperor of the World

'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...

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-->'' "[[DemocracyIsBad Democracy]]...->''"[[DemocracyIsBad Democracy]]... [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign SCHTONK!]]" ''
-->- His
SCHTONK!]]"''
-->-- '''His
Excellency Adenoid Hynkel, Hynkel''', Phooey of Greater Tomainia, Conqueror of Osterlich, Future Emperor of the World

'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[FascistItaly [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...






!!''TheGreatDictator'' includes examples of the following tropes:

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!!''TheGreatDictator'' !!''The Great Dictator'' includes examples of the following tropes:



** The rivalry between Hynkel and Benzino seems strange to modern audiences, who are only familiar with FascistItaly as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany -- the conflict between Hitler and Mussolini over the occupation of Austria is long forgotten.

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** The rivalry between Hynkel and Benzino seems strange to modern audiences, who are only familiar with FascistItaly UsefulNotes/FascistItaly as an ineffectual ally of Nazi Germany -- the conflict between Hitler and Mussolini over the occupation of Austria is long forgotten.




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11th Nov '12 5:55:18 PM IsaacG
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* TakeThat: Chaplin's closing speech. For a man know for being silent, when Chaplin spoke, he had something to say.



* TakeThat: Chaplin's closing speech. For a man know for being silent, when Chaplin spoke, he had something to say.

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* TakeThat: Chaplin's closing speech. For a man know for being silent, when Chaplin spoke, he had something to say.
22nd Oct '12 6:51:17 PM thetruegentleman
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* HistoryMarchesOn: What the world later learned about the concentration camps and death camps makes the scene where the barber is sent to a very mild-looking concentration camp rather jarring.

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* HistoryMarchesOn: What the world later learned about the concentration camps and death camps makes the scene where the barber is sent to a very mild-looking concentration camp rather jarring.jarring, although the death camps weren't technically established until after the invasion of Russia, and the concentration camps varied greatly up to that point as well.
22nd Oct '12 5:54:59 PM DynamicDragon
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* TheCaligula: Hynkel
18th Oct '12 11:22:44 PM nombretomado
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'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...

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'''''The Great Dictator''''' is a famous CharlieChaplin Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...
8th Sep '12 6:32:17 PM JBK405
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** Although ''Osterlich'' is a parody of Austria (''Österreich'' in actual German). There was indeed a territorial struggle during the ''Anschluss'', where both Germany AKA Tomania and Italy AKA Bacteria wanted neutral Austria for themselves[[hottip:*:That is, Germany wanted Austria as a part of Germany and Italy wanted Austria as a satellite of Italy]]. Germany got it first.[[hottip:*:Italy got the consolation prize of South Tirol, a strategically important region populated almost exclusively by "German" Austrians. Historians like to dwell on this sleazy land grab, since Hitler's action in letting Mussolini annex a German-speaking region made a nonsense of his claim (at the time) that he was just trying to unite the German people into one nation.]]
7th Sep '12 7:32:39 PM lulach2
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** Although ''Osterlich'' is a parody of Austria (''Österreich'' in actual German). There was indeed a territorial struggle during the ''Anschluss'', where both Germany AKA Tomania and Italy AKA Bacteria wanted neutral Austria for themselves[[hottip:*:That is, Germany wanted Austria as a part of Germany and Italy wanted Austria as a satellite of Italy]]. Germany got it first.

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** Although ''Osterlich'' is a parody of Austria (''Österreich'' in actual German). There was indeed a territorial struggle during the ''Anschluss'', where both Germany AKA Tomania and Italy AKA Bacteria wanted neutral Austria for themselves[[hottip:*:That is, Germany wanted Austria as a part of Germany and Italy wanted Austria as a satellite of Italy]]. Germany got it first.[[hottip:*:Italy got the consolation prize of South Tirol, a strategically important region populated almost exclusively by "German" Austrians. Historians like to dwell on this sleazy land grab, since Hitler's action in letting Mussolini annex a German-speaking region made a nonsense of his claim (at the time) that he was just trying to unite the German people into one nation.]]
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