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Post Hitler's Brain...and Mussolini's Penis
Created by John Eipper on 10/03/16 4:02 AM

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Hitler's Brain...and Mussolini's Penis (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/03/16 4:02 am)

In response to Leo Goldberger (2 October), some episodes of history can only be related as fairly as possible and by mentioning all real facts. But discussing on how many testicles Hitler had...

This reminds me of the director Sandro Boerio of the Italian magazine Focus Storia, who wrote that Mussolini had a cold penis. In fact, he supposedly used a rabbit skin around it.

History quite often is a tragedy. BS is another matter altogether.

JE comments: We're usually a family-friendly website, but I must ask: how does the rabbit skin thing work? With or without fur? I suppose it would bring good luck, although not so much for the rabbit.

In reply to Eugenio, I don't see why discussing the sexual antics and hang-ups of historical figures is "BS." Such inquiries are not voyeurism, as they can lead to deep insight about psychology and behaviors. There are real-world implications here.

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  • Reflections on Hitler's Anatomy; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA 10/06/16 3:58 AM)

    Gary Moore writes:

    Regarding Eugenio Battaglia's riposte (3 October) to Leo Goldberger on Hitler and the quantity and quality of
    what might be called totalitarian procreational ordnance, there is an arcane test of World War II-era
    street knowledge, resting on the movie Bridge over the River Kwai.

    Of course, everyone knows the
    tune whistled by the movie's stalwart British prisoners as they silently defy their Japanese captors.
    But in the movie the tune is only whistled, never sung--so we never hear its words--which could
    add a rich extra layer to the scene. Hence the test: What are the unsung words to the whistle-song
    of Bridge Over the River Kwai?

    For those left outside the barracks loop (get that whistling in your mind), it goes like this:

    Hitler--he had just one big ball.
    Goering--had two, but they were small.
    Himmler--well, he was simlar.
    But poor old Go-balls had no balls at all.

    JE comments:  Every British schoolboy knows that one--but there are variations.  "The other is in the Albert Hall" is one explanation for Hitler's lack of, ahem, symmetry.

    The original tune is the "Colonel Bogey March," which is of Great War vintage (1914).

    And don't forget "Comet," which makes your teeth turn green:


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    • Another Version of "Colonel Bogey" (Henry Levin, USA 10/07/16 1:21 AM)
      As a child during the war, we sang these words:

      Hitler has only got one ball,

      Goebbels has two, but very small.

      Himmler, has something simlar,

      But Mussolini has no balls at all.

      Perhaps the last line was because of the Italian reputation for retreat.

      JE comments: The tune has been in my head for the last 24 hours!  Nor have I been unable to shake the image of how Goebbels murdered all six of his children.

      Next up with a thought on Hitler's anatomy, Leo Goldberger.

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    • Ullrich's Biography of Hitler; Hitler's Sexuality (Leo Goldberger, USA 10/07/16 1:32 AM)
      Bringing to bear the factual history of Hitler's complex personality is actually the strength of the Ullrich biography. The prurient interest in Hitler's testicles (which the biopsy determined were in fact normal, according to Ulrich's evidential sources) is obviously as silly as the focus on the size of Trump's hands!

      In Ullrich's chapter 10 (pp. 267-280) you might find an impressive account of Hitler's manifold relationships with women, both sexual and non-sexual, that does cast an illuminating light on his being--beside simply calling him "psychotic," whatever that rather broad diagnostic term may mean to you.

      JE comments:  Perhaps these matters shed valuable light, perhaps not--but I recall it once being a commonly accepted historical fact that Hitler died a virgin.  This could be interpreted in two diametrically opposed ways:  either that he was completely dysfunctional in the sexual sense, which would explain his diabolical actions, or else he was so dedicated to the German nation that he had no use for distractions or pleasures of the flesh.

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