Hitler the Cat, Star of the 1939 World’s Fair

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Jan. 17 2013 12:15 PM

Hitler the Cat, Star of the 1939 World's Fair    

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You might think that being an Adolf Hitler doppelgänger in 1939 would hinder one’s success, but this cat was a star at that year’s World’s Fair.

Little is known about Hitler the Cat or his/her proud handler, Jeanne Ritzen, but we do know they took part in the fair's Jitterbug contest. Hitler the Cat was also photographed in the arms of an unidentified young man in traditional dress. In the photo, Hitler is trying to get to “Sam the alligator,” who is resting on two chairs pushed together. Conductor Ben Bernie and his band play alongside Hitler and Sam and are the only ones who look happy with the situation. 

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The next World’s Fair will be in Milan, Italy, in 2015, but it seems unlikely a Hitler cat will make an appearance. Luckily, you can visit Cats That Look Like Hitler to get your fix: The site aims to aid cat owners who “wake up in a cold sweat every night wondering if he’s going to up and invade Poland.”

Woman holding Hitler the Cat at Jitterbug Contest.

Woman holding Hitler the Cat at Jitterbug Contest. New York Public Library.

Hitler the Cat and Sam Alligator at Jitterbug Contest.

Hitler the Cat and Sam the Alligator at Jitterbug Contest. New York Public Library.

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