Unfortunate Resemblance

M. Piskorski was arrested in Warsaw by "alert policemen" in June 1947. He hadn't actually done anything wrong. However, the policemen thought he was Adolf Hitler.

It was a case of an unfortunate resemblance. Once his true identity was established, he was released.

Source: Newsweek - June 23, 1947.
     Posted By: Alex - Sun May 25, 2014
     Category: 1940s

The haircut and mustache didn't help matters.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/25/14 at 12:34 PM
I'd bet that ten years earlier in Germany he got an entirely different response.
Posted by crc on 05/26/14 at 05:20 AM
The policemen look to me like Himmler and Goebbels.
Posted by John Ayer on 05/26/14 at 05:34 PM
The Great Dictator (1940)
Posted by Phideaux on 05/26/14 at 07:10 PM
So those "alert policeman" were unaware that Hitler had been dead for awhile?
Posted by Dave Plechaty on 05/29/14 at 02:28 AM
There were enough 'Hitler sightings' even decades after the war ended to keep Jerry Fletcher's news letter full for months on end.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/29/14 at 02:31 AM
Dave: in 1947? Hell yes they were. And if they were aware that that was the official story, they'd been close enough to Nazi, Communist
and Yankee propaganda to know not to trust such rumours.

And that's what they were: rumours. It took decades for actual proof to emerge. Until then, we only had the word of the Russian soldiers who discovered the F├╝hrerbunker that Hitler really did commit suicide. Even then it may have been quite likely true, but paranoid beliefs that he might have escaped, or even been captured by the Russians for their own nefarious purposes. Unlikely? Well... consider Werner von Braun...
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/29/14 at 10:56 AM
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