Hitler has only got one ball – wikipedia electricity 2014


In his autobiography Fringe Benefits, writer Donough O’Brien says his father, Toby O’Brien, wrote the original in August 1939 as British propaganda. [1] Toby O’Brien was a publicist for the British Council at the time. This version started with the words " Göring has only got one ball", a reference to Göring’s grievous groin wound suffered during the Beer Hall Putsch, [ citation needed] and went on to imply that Hitler had two small ones. [1] In virtually all later versions, the positions are reversed. The statement that Himmler has "something sim’lar" appears in all versions. The final line of this original and some later forms ends with the word play that Goebbels had "no balls". Both these variations argue strongly in favour of O’Brien’s version’s being a very early version, and a Daily Mail report of the time states that it was "attributed to someone not unconnected with our old friend the British Council". [ citation needed]

O’Brien’s claims have not been substantiated, and no author has ever been identified for the more popular versions that begin "Hitler has only got one ball". Hubert Gregg also claimed to have written the lyrics, which he said he sent anonymously to the British War Office. [1] There is no known attempt by anyone to claim or enforce a copyright on the lyrics. [1] It is listed in the Roud Folk Song Index, number 10493. [1]

The numerous versions, including the frankly obscene, reflect the enthusiasm with which it was first adopted as a British Army marching-song, then as a popular song of defiance against Adolf Hitler’s Nazi-German regime in the other branches of the British armed forces, and amongst British civilians, from 1940 onwards. In the words of Greg Kelley,

As a means of ridiculing the Nazis, "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" became immensely popular among Allied troops, who in transmitting this song were exercising something of a wartime convention by demeaning the sexual faculties of enemy leaders. But the mockery extended beyond just the Nazis’ sexual capacities. Since the 1920s, the words balls or ballsy had come to denote notions of courage, nerve, or fortitude. In that sense, defective testicles rendered the Nazis defective soldiers. This song’s itemized taxonomy of malformed German genitalia—the monorchid, the micro-orchid, the anorchid—was particularly forceful, and satisfying, to Allied soldiers in that it scattered satiric buckshot across the whole Nazi high command (Hitler; Hermann Göring, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe; Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the SS; and Goebbels, Reich minister of propaganda). [1]

It has been suggested that the pre- Glasnost Soviet descriptions of what remained of Hitler’s corpse reported his monorchism (having only one functional testicle) at the suggestion of Guy Burgess and/or Kim Philby, as part of their making a joke, based on this song, that they could expect the British population and secret services, if not those of the US or USSR, would get. [2] A book published in 2015 asserts, on evidence from an enforced medical examination Hitler underwent in 1923, that he in fact had unilateral cryptorchism, that is he suffered from an undescended right testicle. [3] The book also suggests he had hypospadias or micropenis brought about by low testosterone levels during gestation. [4]

Whatever the reason for Hitler’s alleged monorchism becoming a popular myth, there was psychodynamic literature, produced outside the USSR after World War II, which sought to explain his personality and behaviour, as a charismatic, genocidal megalomaniac, which drew on his alleged congenital "semi-castration" and/or the child-rearing practices of his family. [2] Song lyrics [ edit ]

• In the 1972 film Our Miss Fred, the protagonist, a British Army entertainer and drag artist, finds himself behind enemy lines and inadvertently sings the song to a group of senior German Army officers. When challenged as to the meaning of the lyrics, he convinces them that they are a reference to the tennis-playing skills of Hitler and his ministers.

• The song appears in the British television sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo. Actor Sam Kelly as German Captain Hans Geering, who is posing as a British prisoner of war, begins singing the tune to prove he is British, but he is made to stop before he completes the first line. Later, as the Nazi general drives away, all the prisoners of war (including French and Germans in disguise as POWs) start whistling the tune and giving the ‘up yours’ hand sign. The song (in the last (6th) episode of the third season in 1987; see ‘Allo ‘Allo! (series 3)) alludies to the 1957 film above.

• It also appears in the 2009 movie John Rabe, set in Nanking, China, in 1937. The German, Rabe (played by Ulrich Tukur), and an American doctor, Robert O. Wilson (Steve Buscemi), get drunk one night and share their mutual antipathy to the Nazi regime by singing it together. [8]

• The students in detention during the 1980s movie The Breakfast Club whistle the tune while their overseer is out; when he comes back in John Bender ( Judd Nelson) whistles the first two bars of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. [ citation needed]