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Cooking Hitler's Favorite Meal

By October 29, 2008

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When the news broke that an episode of a Belgian cooking TV show was to feature how to cook Adolf Hitler's favorite meal, many people were outraged. The episode, one in a series about celebrity entrees, was to have the host, chef Jeroen Meus, cook Hitler's favorite meal (trout in a butter sauce) at Eagle's Nest. After various groups and individuals protested, the episode was canceled.

Do you think airing a TV show about Hitler's favorite food would humanize Hitler and make the evils he perpetrated seem mundane? Or would it just be an interesting fact to know what Hitler's favorite food had been?

Comments

October 30, 2008 at 3:38 am
(1) Dino says:

Highlighting Hitler’s favorite meal would never favorably humanize him to a greater degree and would never make the atrocities he perpetrated more mundane. Everyone has a favorite food. I believe the strongest effect that the show would have had is that it would have reminded the viewers that this madman, who has become more of a stereotype for evil than a real person, was in fact a person and that the evil he wrought could have come from anybody. If anything, showing this mundane side of the madman serves to remind us that we need to be ever vigilant against others like him who may be wolves in sheep’s clothing. That having been said, I can understand how anything abou tHitler could be upsetting to some people. In this case, though, these people should console themselves with the knowledge that this focus on the mad man might preclude others like him in the future,

October 31, 2008 at 1:39 am
(2) Mary says:

I think it would have been an interesting meal as Hitler was a Vegetarian. Why was Hitler so demonized while J. Stalin who commited more atrocities than Hitler, was our ally?

October 31, 2008 at 2:59 am
(3) Donna says:

Hilter was the epitomy of evil. Frankly I could careless what his favorite dish was. What a slap in the face to millions he starved to death. Anything humanizing the devil himself is an outrage.

October 31, 2008 at 6:50 am
(4) Dick Lee says:

It is a fact that Hitler committed terrible crimes, but Stalin did even worse. There has never been an outcry about what Stalin did. The truth is that part of all of this is that it was politically contrived. Stalin is guilty of murdering millions of innocent people, some of them were his own Russian people. I believe that it is time to put some truth back into history books.

October 31, 2008 at 7:04 am
(5) Kathleen says:

Well said, Dino. Despite the fact that Hitler was evil it is interesting to learn about him as a human being. He did everything that all humans do. No matter how famous or infamous a person is, they also live everyday mundane lives. It is a scary thing to realize that all humans have the capacity to commit evil acts. Hitler had enough like-minded people around him to perpetuate his evil desires. Sadly,that and the fear of the average German citizen enabled him to do it on such a grand scale.

October 31, 2008 at 9:27 am
(6) Dr. Harrell Rhome says:

I too wonder about this menu since AH was an outspoken vegetarian. But more importantly, why suppress history and arrest those who do not conform to the dictates of obscurantist pseudo-scholars. There was a “holocaust”, indeed. It was called World War Two, and plunged Eastern Europe into 70+ years of communist hell.

October 31, 2008 at 10:26 am
(7) Helga Willie says:

Dear Sir,
As a German growing up in the early 50′s PLEASE I am asking you to recheck your history. Yes, though the evils of communism were truely a plague on eastern europe, I believe that Hitler instigated the madness that became WWII. A truely charismatic man with wonderful PR people, he convinced the majority of persons in Germany they were above ethics. His holocaust truely was greater than the deaths of the Jews, Gypsies, handicapped and dissenters. He cause angst and grief amongst us as a people that still lingers today. Why would anyone wish to glorify the man that allowed communism to gain such a foot hold. I grew up with the stories of those who quietly disappeared, and the rationalizations of those (later dispair)who lived near the camps. Please do not belittle what was done in his name and disregard it. Stopping him was an important goal because he had no intention of stopping.

October 31, 2008 at 11:51 am
(8) RaduBurdujan says:

I don’t think we have to forbid a dish, only because it was Hitler’s, Stalin’s, Mussolini’s, etc. favorite meal.

October 31, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(9) Janet says:

Hitler served up hatred 24/7. As a vegetarian I refuse to consider him my dietary equal. He and his thugs consumed millions of lives, and may God damn them into all eternity for doing so.

October 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm
(10) Bob says:

I can see both sides of that one but for my part I’d like to know. Call it morbid curiosity if you wish.

November 1, 2008 at 3:37 am
(11) maj gen aps chauhan says:

The moment we start with giving names to Hitler we plead guilty. History is ever written by the winner and thus Hitler’s too. The more anti Hitler propaganda is drummed the more followers he wins I FOR ONE. There is so much material today from various sources which could make Hitler appear a pygmy among ‘war criminals’ and giants of men we speak of with glory and pride.. I for one therefore only focus on his contributions in theories and practices which were there to have been no WW II would have clearly made a an outmatching historical celebrity of this leader.I would love to taste his type of cousine with great pleasure!God bless this restaurant.

November 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm
(12) jh says:

I agree that humanizing him is important. Evil is something that grows with social and cultural help and it is important to know this. Hitler was a human being and we must all remember that what he did was something that people are capable of doing in today’s world as well.
Plus, we really love morbid stuff like this, don’t we?

jh

November 6, 2008 at 7:55 am
(13) Yo says:

I don’t know what is the problem all about, it is just a meal it is nothing important, plus there are other criminals in this world that many people consider them as good people but there are not, take George w. Bush for example, he is the hitler of the new millenium. it is true history must be adjusted. so, doing a meal that hitler liked 50 years ago is much better than respecting someone who is fighting the whole world right now.

November 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(14) Susan Graham says:

Pass the barf bag topic

Nauseating. I can imagine him chewing this food and it makes me want to hurl.

One meal I would never eat. Gag factor.

November 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm
(15) snowisfun says:

Hitler’s diet from 1931 onwards was mostly vegetarian. Was Hitler a vegetarian or more importantly did Hitler succeed in giving up meat altogether? Hitler @ various times called himself a vegetarian, but there are conflicting reports. 1 has of Hitler enjoying squab & a 1938 NY Times article writes of Hitler a vegetarian, but occasionally eats ham & caviar.

Some have said that Goebbels propagated the image of Hitler as a vegetarian to make him look kind & gentle. Nazi propaganda would show Hitler as a man who loved children & dogs.

The Nazis did pass animal welfare laws which were advanced for it’s time. Since vegetarianism is raised, keep in mind that most Germans & Austrians are meat eaters as meat such as sausages are the delicacy. Whether or not Hitler eventually became a vegetarian, he did have an interest in it & would proselytize in the health benefits of it.

Yes, Hitler was a dictator who killed millions, whether it’s starving & working prisoners to death, shootings, gas vans & pseudo-scientific experiments + taking Europe into a war that killed millions. If Hitler is to be neutrally talked about, then even the things the Nazis did which made Germany & later Austria advanced for it’s time are to be discussed.

The reason that Nazi Germany & it’s untrustworty ally Imperial Japan are discussed, along with a lesser extent Fascist Italy so many years after the war is the topic of-how could totalitarianism & wars be waged by 2 nations which are as cultured & advanced as Germany & Japan? The Germans & Japanese have done nice things for science & culture, but 1931 to 1945 is a bad period in their histories. Of course, both Japan & Germany were becoming militarily powerful beginning the late 1800s.

November 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(16) snowisfun says:

Let me for the record say that I’m a vegetarian. It’s been my observation that there are some people who call themselves vegetarians, but then occasionally eat meat such as chicken, so they’re not vegetarians even if they call themselves that. I’ve talked to people who call themselves vegetarians, but eat fish, as to many people, fish isn’t regarded as meat & I used to be in that group until I finally gave up fish in 2003. I eat eggs & drink milk, so therefore I’m not a vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2003 as I stopped eating fish finally.

Hitler definitely had an interest in vegetarian foods & Hitler as noted proselytized about it. We do know that from 1931 onwards, his diet was mostly vegetarian & @ various times, he called himself a vegetarian. There are conflicting reports that he occasionally hate ham (1938 NY Times article), caviar & there are reports that Hitler enjoyed eating squab. People who knew him have said that Hitler would ask his cooks to make vegetarian foods for him.

Some have said that Goebbels propagated the image of Hitler as a vegetarian to make him look kind & gentle. Nazi propaganda would show Hitler as a man who loved children & dogs.

The Nazis did pass animal welfare laws which were advanced for itís time. Keep in mind that most Germans & Austrians are meat eaters as meat such as sausages, brautwurst, ham, etc. Whether or not Hitler eventually became a vegetarian, he did have an interest in it & would proselytize in the health benefits of it.

Yes, Hitler was a dictator who killed millions, whether itís starving & working prisoners to death, shootings, gas vans & pseudo-scientific experiments + taking Europe into a war that killed millions. If Hitler is to be neutrally talked about, then even the things the Nazis did which made Germany & later Austria advanced for itís time are to be discussed.

The reason that Nazi Germany & itís untrustworty ally Imperial Japan are discussed, along with a lesser extent Fascist Italy so many years after the war is the topic of-how could totalitarianism & wars be waged by 2 nations which are as cultured & advanced as Germany & Japan? The Germans & Japanese have done nice things for science & culture, but 1931 to 1945 is a bad period in their histories. Of course, both Japan & Germany were becoming militarily powerful beginning the late 1800s.

December 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm
(17) MMEDDOG says:

HITLER WAS A BULLY, A MURDERER AND A LIAR.MOST
of these comments have obviously come from antisemites.While Stalin was bad he had from 1923-1953 to do his killing.Hitler had only 12 years during which he murdered 93% of Polish Jews,2/3 of the Jews of europe,and started a European war which resulted in the deaths of 39 million people.Imagine if he had 30 years to work with.Clearly he was the more prolific murderer-communal gas chambers where one could kill 5,oooo people every 20 mins. and then cremate them to ash within an hour.To compare these two evil men is comparing apples and oranges.It is stupid and mean to normalize this demonic killer in any way, shape,or form.The very question is stupid!

April 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(18) Bonnie says:

The evil that Hitler did?

The more I do research, the more I see that “official” history, as it was taught to us in school, has been a GREAT BIG WHOPPING LIE!

EVERYTHING! Every subject. Across the Board!

I’ve researched FDR – I’ve researched Churchill- AND Stalin- the BIG THREE- all hand in glove with each other AND Stalin. The proof of their crime was their meeting in Yalta. Such good friends! Upholding each other in horrible crimes. Have you ever read of HOLOMODOR?

Everthing about WWI and WWII, has all been for money, control and POWER!

The world is awkening to the TRUTH of WWII!

January 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm
(19) gusser says:

Simply put, even today, Hitler proves to be a person of interest and i do not think a show about his favorite mean would result in making him a god or put him in a better light, but, simply would provide more insight into the man. Like it or not he as a towering figure in the history of the world. People will protest about anything, but honestly, they are in the minority and should be ignored. If the don’t like it, don’t watch it. We are turning into a nation of sissies.

April 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm
(20) independent says:

Apparently Hitler talked about his ‘vegetarianism’ more than he practiced it. Among his favorite foods: sausage, caviar, pigeon, and sliced ham.

August 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm
(21) Alec Drumm says:

It depends, was the episode advertising it as “Hitler’s Favorite Meal” or was it just a coincidence?

February 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(22) Dara says:

I think if it’s tasty, then share it. I’m sure the point of sharing it had something to do with Hitler, but that aside, if it’s tasty, just get rid of the Hitler ties, and share the recipe.

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(23) Cody Cromarty says:

Any evil must be humanized, for to humanize is to understand that humanity is capable of great evils. Hitler was not the incarnation of darkness. He was not a monster born to massacre. He was a human being who was motivated by what he thought was the greater good to commit some of the most terrible evils the modern world has ever seen. And that is what is important: to understand that any of us is capable of evil.

October 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(24) fershtockt says:

Enouph talk, lets stop Judging so terribly much, buy he who is without sin cast the first stone. Jesus came not to judge, but show love, and forgivness, even though we think and know Hitler did rong, sin is sin, if we think about a little bit, all the sins one person has done, makes us just as sinful in Gods eyes, so let us look at are own log in are own eyes before we look at the speck in someone elses eye.God will Take care of all the judging even HITLERS Sin.

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