Cuddly Fuhrer?

In 1937, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels noted in his diary that Adolf Hitler had been "very happy" with the Christmas present which Goebbels had given him. "I hope that this treasure will bring him much joy and relaxation," Goebbels added.

The treasure in question? Eighteen Disney cartoons starring Mickey Mouse.

[While Mickey was enormously popular in Germany in the 1930s, some Nazi publications were more dismissive: "Down with the Jewish trickery of the masses!" one declaimed. "Away with the vermin! Down with Mickey Mouse!"]

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