06 May 2012

Reichsbankprasident Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht

Hjalmar Schact also starred in several Troma films.
One of the very oddest parts of the prelude to Nazism is the central role played by Hjalmar Schacht, the Hamilton-cum-Greenspan figure of the Weimar Republic and the Nazi Party. Schacht, President of the Reichsbank, enabled and supported Hitler's rise and bizarre economic policies before becoming friendly enough with the Resistance to escape denazification.

Anyway, what I can't get over is that his full name was  Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht.

What the hell?

The source of all human knowledge says only the obvious, that Schacht's name was meant to honor the American journalist and politician Horace Greeley. But why on earth would good Germans/Danes want to honor the American journalist and politician Horace Greeley? There are, as far as I know, very few American children named for Josef Jaffe.

Apparently, his father had spent time in the United States and admired Greeley's abolitionism. Which hardly dampens the irony.

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