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December 17, 2004

Somehow this CNN report doesn't surprise:

   Hitler a tax dodger, says expert
   BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- Adolf Hitler spent years 
   evading taxes and owed German authorities 405,000 
   Reichsmarks -- equivalent to $8 million today -- by the 
   time his tax debts were forgiven soon after he took 
   power, a researcher says.
   Hitler's record as a dictator who started World War II 
   and sent millions of people to their deaths in 
   concentration camps is well known. But the unearthed 
   records show a new, previously undocumented side to 
   his life: as an ordinary tax evader

Just goes to show; you can't trust a tyrannical mass-murdering monster for anything.

Getting out of taxes probably didn't really motivate his horrible career, but it was one of the perks. When Hitler became Chancellor, his tax life was good:

  "That was the end of his tax problems," Dubon said. "It 
   was all legalized, more or less."
   Dubon said the head of the Munich tax office, Ludwig 
   Mirre, excused Hitler from paying tax only after first 
   formally writing to him to ask permission. An assistant 
   to Hitler wrote back to Mirre: "Herr Hitler accepts your 
   Mirre was promoted a month later to head of the 
   German tax office and given a 41 percent pay rise.

Just a humble civil servant doing his job...

(Thanks to reader Wayne Reames for the tip.)

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