"Hitler Is Alive" animated skull menaces a Kewpie doll, Fantastic Museum, Redmond, OR (now closed) .

Hitler is Alive!

Hitler . . . how fast a typist was he? When did he find time to collect stamps?

Little-known aspects of the lifestyle of history's most reviled maniac are revealed in objets d'Adolf, scattered in museums around the US. This wealth of Hitlerabilia started as war trophies from W.W.II Germany, carted back by sentimental GIs.

Hitler's typewriter, from Hitler's mountain retreat, is the star artifact at the Hall of History, in Bessemer, Alabama.

Orders that marched armies to their death -- typed here!

It's the most popular exhibit, even though it's never mentioned in any of the museum's literature. Curator Mable Waites discovered the typewriter in the museum's basement in the mid-eighties and the museum hasn't had any peace since.

Lots of people want to type their names on it, but Mable couldn't find a ribbon that fits. Mable's successor continues the search.

Hitler's Stamp Collection used to be proudly displayed at the Fantastic Museum in Redmond, Oregon (later in Sisters, OR) -- now we don't know where it is. The stamps were found in Hitler's desk after W.W.II. As a fanatical Philatelist, did his need to have stamps from every country boil over into something a bit larger?

Hitler's typewriter.
Hitler's typewriter, Bessemer, AL

Other items:

Hitler bust from Gen. Von Runstedt's HQ, San Germain, France.
Hitler bust from Gen. Von Runstedt's HQ, San Germain, France. USAF Museum, Dayton, OH

At the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia, there's an upside-down bronze Hitler head -- war booty taken from the verandah of Hitler's Mountain retreat by an infantryman. It was welded to a metal plate and used as a trash can for many years.

The 45th Infantry Division Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, displays a collection of artifacts owned by Adolf Hitler, items grabbed by American soldiers at his Munich apartment and at the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. The main attraction: Hitler's Berlin bunker mirror, hung so you can stare into it with wild, darting maniac eyes just like he did in his final days.

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Adolf Hitler's Typewriter

Bessemer Hall of History Museum

Address:
1905 Alabama Ave., Bessemer, AL
Directions:
Bessemer Hall of History Museum. I-20 exit 112. Drive east two miles on 18th St. Turn left onto Alabama Ave., just before the train tracks. Drive two blocks; museum on right.
Hours:
T-Sa 10-12, 1-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
205-426-1633
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National Infantry Museum

National Infantry Museum

Address:
1775 Legacy Way, Fort Benning, GA
Directions:
National Infantry Museum. I-185 south from Columbus to exit 1B. Drive west on US 27/280/431 for about a mile, then turn left at the light onto Fort Benning Blvd. The museum will be a little more than a mile south, on the right.
Hours:
T-Sa 9 am - 5 pm, Su 11 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
706-685-5800
Admission:
Free.
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45th Infantry Division Museum - Hitler's Mirror

Address:
2145 N.E. 36th St., Oklahoma City, OK
Directions:
Easy to get to off I-35, look for the signs.
Hours:
Tu-F 9 am - 4:15 pm, Sa 10 am - 4:15 pm, Su 1 pm - 4:15 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
405-424-5313
Admission:
Free, donations welcome.
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