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Thursday, 29 January 2004

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Jimmy Breslin feels the award should go to an American

Julier Sebastiao da Silva, the Brazilian Federal judge who contended that fingerprinting of particular foreigners travelling by air into the United States recalled the "worst horrors committed by the Nazis," was awarded the 2003 'Erriner Sich Der Fuhrer' award by the Hitler Commemoration institute in a controversial decision Today.

Jimmy Breslin, an early favorite for his March 26 parallel of Bush and Hitler's pre-war propaganda, bristled at the announcement. "Number 1, this guy made the comparison on December 30, right under the wire. The Institute should take into account that we had no chance to respond. Number 2, it's not even a direct comparison. Lots of other Nazis 'committed horrors.' It's not even clear this guy should qualify."

The institute closes submissions every year at midnight of December 31.

Blogger Jonathan David Morris of AmericanDaily.com was nominated for comparing Hillary Clinton in Hitler in a May 29 entry, the only nominee this year to have not compared Hitler to US President George Walker Bush.

Thanks to the American president's use of fear mongering and adoption of the "politics is the new art" philosophy, Hitler comparisons have been on a rapid rise. Institute Chairman Helmut Kopf says that's all to the good.

"Not only does the keep the fuhrer's memory alive, but it moves the focus away from the unfortunate pain some people suffered."

This is the 32nd year the awarded has been granted to a celebrity who compared Hitler to a well known figure. Helen Chenoweth-Hage won the award in 1999 for comparing Former US President William Jefferson Clinton to Hitler; last year the award went to Iris Moshik, who compared Yasser Arafat -- essentially a landless peasant with good media access -- to Hitler in the Telegraph.

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