Bizarre tale of dog trained to mock Hitler with Nazi salute
Jan 8 2011
HITLER'S henchmen were obsessed with a Finnish DOG trained to mock their deranged leader, newly discovered Nazi papers have revealed.
And when they heard about the cheeky pup, officials in three German government ministries spent hundreds of hours plotting his downfall.
Historians have found THIRTY official files about the dog, written as the Nazis planned their colossal invasion of Russia.
Expert Klaus Hillenbrand said: "It's completely bizarre. Just months before the invasion, they had nothing better to do than obsess about this dog."
Jackie was owned by Finnish businessman Tor Borg and his German wife Josefine, a well-known anti-Nazi.
He was reported by an informer to the German Consulate in Helsinki and summoned for interrogation.
Borg said he had never done anything "that could be seen as an insult against the Reich", but Germans told their masters in Berlin that he was lying.
Bureaucrats in the Nazi foreign office, economy ministry and even Hitler's Chancellery wrote meticulous reports on the mutt.
In March 1941, the foreign office asked the Chancellery if they wanted Borg put on trial.
But none of the witnesses against the pooch were prepared to testify and Jackie and his master were reprieved.