Wednesday 17 January 2018

Friends of the Nazis

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are greeted by Adolf Hitler on a tour of Germany in 1937. Photo: Getty Images.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are greeted by Adolf Hitler on a tour of Germany in 1937. Photo: Getty Images.
Lord Haw Haw
Hugo Boss
Henry Ford
The IRA made all kinds of plans with Hitler's henchmen

Pat Fitzpatrick

As Carole Cadwalladr talks to Max Mosley about his parents' Nazi links we have a look at others who have been associated with Hitler

1 Duke of Windsor

People were shocked when Edward VIII showed Nazi sympathies. The Windsors didn't have any connection with Germany. Other than coming from there, says you, amazed the Brits replied, "Alright, mate" when the original German family arrived and said, "Ve vill rule you". During World War I, King George V changed his surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. Everyone reckoned this was a good move. Particularly the guy calling out his name at state occasions. Out of breath, he was.

2 Lord Haw-Haw

Lord Who-Who? Lord Haw-Haw was the name given to William Joyce, an Irish-American who broadcasted propaganda from Germany to Britain during the war. There is some confusion as to how he got his name. All we can say for certain is that it has nothing to do with Nelson in The Simpsons. A lot of people reckon that nothing could strike terror into an audience faster than one of his broadcasts. They obviously never heard Funny Friday on Liveline.

3 The IRA

They made all kinds of plans with Hitler's henchmen during the war. Most people would be reluctant to cosy up to a group of murderous racial purists - but that didn't stop the Nazis. They say it's ridiculous to play 'what if?' with history. But imagine how it might have played out if the Nazis had invaded us and had then gone on to win the war. We could be run by a hopeless puppet government that had to check with Berlin before it did anything - oh, hang on a minute.


The company made uniforms for the German armed forces. Hugo Boss didn't support the Nazis, they just made clothes based on a list of requirements sent on to them. You could say they were just following orders. Sorry. Again, we'd like to make it clear that the company did not, and does not, support the aims of the Nazi party. We don't want to be exposed to an expensive suit from Hugo Boss. As if there's any other kind, says you.


The Nazis awarded him the Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938. We're not suggesting that Henry was a Nazi. But neither are we suggesting Henry got the medal for his after-sales service. And there is no evidence he threw in a pair of free mud-flaps on Hitler's new Capri. I think you'll find that was an anachronism, says you. Ford never made a car called Anachronism, says we, thick as two short planks.

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