This is probably rather elementary, but I wonder if Hitler was familiar with
or had even heard of the Titanic incident ?
Thanks very much Steven -"This is probably rather elementary, but I wonder if Hitler was familiar with
or had even heard of the Titanic incident ?"
I'm sure he had heard of the Titanic disaster. Hitler was living in Vienna in 1912 trying to sell his paintings. Titanic was big news the world over. He probably saw a copy of this or other newspapers (below). Also Hitler was a big fan of movies..especially Hollywood productions and watched them often. Whether he saw the 1943 version I don't know. From the outbreak of WW1 untill Walter Lord wrote his book Titanic had largely been forgotten by the general public so its not surprizing that you and most others from that time period had not heard of her.
Thats true. By then he was getting more and more whacked out on drugs and was keeping strange hours. But for the allies that was probably a good thing as he was doing more harm to his side than good. I read somewhere that the allied leaders stopped a plan to asassinate him because they were afraid someone more talented would take over and prolong the war.By 1943 Hitler was mostly consumed by the war and had little time for relaxing with films like he did from 1933-39. His leisurely leadership style pre-war had given way to a punishing work schedule as he wanted to be involved in any aspect of the war that he could. He would often be in meetings with his generals late into the evening hours. He remained on friendly terms with Goebbels til the end, but I doubt he had time to watch a film about the Titanic wreck. I’m sure he appreciated the propaganda, though.
I think he did watch The Great Dictator. Chaplin was definitely on his wanted list.While I have no doubt that Hitler knew about the Titanic at least in terms of the basics, there's no evidence he saw the film. Or, for that matter, if many did in its initial run; by the time it was released Germany was being systematically flattened by Allied bombing raids and there weren't many cinemas left standing, let alone showing new premieres.
Personally, I find it more tantalizing to consider the rumors Hitler personally saw The Great Dictator.