If you had an extra $243,000 would you buy Hitler’s phone?

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after an edit of my manuscript. I’m sending it off to a beta reader/editor so cross your fingers for me. I hope she likes it. This is a good story. I’m excited about it. Squeee! But, enough about that.

I’m back today to express my horror over this article. Someone paid $243,000 for Hitler’s phone. Don’t believe me? Check out the Huffington Post’s article on it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hitler-phone-auction_us_58ab36c2e4b0f077b3ecd032

I find this perplexing. I know it’s historical memorabilia but I wouldn’t want it sitting in my house. I’d worry Hitler’s spirit would be lurking in that phone, and what if it rings. Do you answer it? Who’d be on the other end? Himmler? Mengele?

That would definitely freak me out. I don’t want to talk to either one of them.

Look at it. It’s a Rotary Phone for Christ’s Sakes. It can’t even take selfies. Jeez!

I sure wouldn’t spend $243,000 for a phone either. Even if it was Hitler’s. I just think that’s weird. I can think of so many other things I’d have to have other than Hitler’s phone. Heck, I bet $243,000 would buy food, clothes, and even shelter for some homeless people.

I mean, seriously, get your priorities straight.

Just some random thoughts going through my head as I write this blog post. I’m interested in World War II. I cannot fathom how Hitler was able to command men to murder so many Jews. I’ve done a little research and I found some interesting facts about him. Did you know his father was half Jewish and Hitler hated him because he was cruel and abusive?

I can certainly understand his hatred of his father, but to believe it was the fact that he was half-Jewish was the cause of the abuse is irrational. I would think at some point he must’ve realized what he was doing was wrong. But he didn’t. He actually believed he was doing the right thing and so many people followed him. That’s what I find scary.

I’ve been reading quite a few WWII stories. Right now I’m reading “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” It’s well written and very factual about the portrayal of life in Poland during the war.

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by [Ackerman, Diane]

My all-time favorite WWII stories are “All the Light We Cannot See” and “The Book Thief.” I bet you’re wondering how I started out this post about Hitler’s phone and ended up talking about books. That’s just how I roll. 😉 It’s one of the amazing talents I have. 🙂

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by [Doerr, Anthony]

 

So tell me, if you had $243,000 burning a hole in your pocket, would you buy Hitler’s phone or would you spend it on something else? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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24 Responses to If you had an extra $243,000 would you buy Hitler’s phone?

  1. I wouldn’t…people are mad…there’s so much better things money can be spent on as you’ve pointed out. Some rich folk will say by buying luxury goods they are creating jobs and niche careers and that’s possibly true…but in this case?Its not supporting anyone…that whole era in history is fascinating. I have to say sadly these days I am starting to understand more how he got into power..people become desperate for change and will try anything..I have seen that book…’All the Light..’I must try it.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You definitely should read “All the light We Cannot See.” It won the Pulitzer, it’s that good. I know what you mean about him getting into power, but staying there for so long and creating a World War? Something should’ve been done much sooner than it was. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  2. If I had that much money I’d pay off all my medical bills and then go on one hell of a vacation. My daughter keeps telling me to read The Book Thief. Now I think I must do it!

  3. Denzil says:

    That’s the last thing I would buy, and only then if it had WhatsApp. I can only assume it was bought by a collector or a museum.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Yes. It probably was, but even if I owned a museum I wouldn’t want that memorabilia in it. I think that money should be donated to the victims of the Holocaust. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

  4. susielindau says:

    It would be a pass for me.
    Have you read, “All Who Are Brave Are Forgiven?” Loved that one!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      No, I haven’t. I will certainly put that one on my list, too. I just found out about another one called “The Orphan’s Tale.” It’s supposed to be available March 1. It looks really good! 🙂

  5. sharonledwith says:

    No way! There’s some really bad energy attached to that phone, and I wouldn’t want it near me. It should have been in a museum, and not on the auction block. I had to do a lot of WW2 research for book #2 of The Last Timekeepers, and I still can’t believe some of the horrors that went on during that time period. Cheers, Lisa!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon. I’m totally with you. I wouldn’t want that phone near me or my family. It was probably a museum that bought it, but if so why not disclose that they did? Something’s funny about that. I think any way. I hear you about the horrors that went on. It’s hard to believe the Nazis got away with it for so long. It makes me sick. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Traci York says:

    It hurts my brain what some people will spend money on. Great post though, Lisa!

  7. Nope. I wouldn’t want that phone in my home. I imagine there is some negative vibes attached to it, with a touch of madness.

  8. I would buy necessities, or donate to an organizations helping to reform neo-Nazis.
    Great post. I really liked All The Light We Cannot See. 🙂

  9. Even if I had a bagillion dollars, it’s not my cup of tea. Now I’m trying to think of any crazy thing I might spend that kind of money on if I was bagillionair. Spell check hates me right now. Webster’s does, too.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      LOL! I know what you mean! But who cares how something is spelled as long as we understand each other, right? I hear you about the phone not being your cup of tea. I wouldn’t want that thing in my house either. I can’t think of anything frivolous that I’d spend that kind of money on either. I’d have to buy another house or a cottage or something. 🙂

  10. If I had exactly that much burning a hole in my pocket? No. I’ve got student loans, carpet issues, and a pink bathtub to deal with. After that, there are travel plans, pet ducks and the moat I’m going to build for them, lots of things to spend money on.

    But. If I had, like, billions? I mean, buy some haunted dolls at crazy auctions while you’re at it money? Yeah, I’d probably buy Hitler’s phone too. Hear me out!

    #1: Yes, it might have some residual Hitler on it. And that’s exactly the sort of thing I want kept under lock and key.
    #2: It probably doesn’t, but it would freak people out. That’s exactly the sort of thing I want in my guest room (I don’t like people staying more than one or two nights)
    #3: Better me than someone who would use it to raise his spirit or carry on his work, right? Yeah, think about the other sort of person who would be bidding on an item like that, and you’ll wish I had Hitler’s phone.
    #4: It would actually look really cool in the guest room.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      LOL! You crack me up! But you do raise some valid points. 😉 I’d much rather have it in your hands then in the hands of some evil genius, that’s for sure!

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