How A Photographer Trolled The Nazis With A Cute Jewish Baby

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July 2, 2014 by The Zemanifesto

In 1935, the Nazi party held a contest to discover “the most beautiful Aryan baby,” which isn’t too surprising since the Nazis were really into Aryan babies.

This is the winning photograph on the cover of Sonne ins Haus, which was basically the Aryan supremacist version of Good Housekeeping:

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What the Nazi didn’t know is that the baby, six-month-old Hessy Taft, while very adorable, was also very Jewish.

Taft, now 80 and a professor, spoke about the photo with The Telegraph:

I can laugh about it now,But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.

Taft recently donated a copy of the magazine cover — as well as a popular Nazi greeting card bearing the same photo — to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel.

Hans Ballin: He Did It For Teh Lulz

Jewish babies don’t randomly end up on Nazi magazines and birthday cards, just like Oprah doesn’t spontaneously warn viewers about “over 9,000 penises.” These wondrous occasions are brought to us through the hard work of the oft-maligned troll.

What some people don’t realize is that trolls were around long before the Internet. And it takes a special kind of troll to pull what may be history’s slowest burn — meet Berlin photographer Hans Ballin. From The Telegraph:

[Taft’s mother] took her six-month-old daughter… to a well-known Berlin photographer to have her baby photograph taken.

A few months later, she was horrified to find her daughter’s picture on the front cover of Sonne ins Hause, a major Nazi family magazine.

Terrified the family would be exposed as Jews, she rushed to the photographer, Hans Ballin. He told her he knew the family was Jewish, and had deliberately submitted the photograph to a contest to find the most beautiful Aryan baby.

The reason he gave her?

“I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous.”

Translation? “I did it for teh lulz.”

The Zemanifesto salutes you, Herr Ballin. 79 years and six months is an awfully long time to wait for the punchline, and I wish you were here to enjoy it.

Via The Telegraph

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