Hitler Highlights and Fun Facts from Police Gazette Book Hitler Is Alive!

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Subjects explored in the new book Hitler Is Alive!

-Eva Braun’s secret diary entries lament that her man is always away ruling the world and doesn’t have any time for her. But later entries reveal how when the cat’s away, the mice will play!

-Gisela Fleischer Hoser claimed to be Hitler’s daughter and told the Police Gazette, “I rather hope that my father is still alive and reads these lines to learn that his only daughter has married a Jew.”

-Argentina was perfect for escaping Nazis. A quarter million German immigrants already lived there and leader Juan Perón made no secret that he welcomed former members of the Reich whose European welcome had worn out.

-The Soviet Union gave more support and direction to the Socialist Reich Party, the successor to the Nazi party in post-war Germany, than to the West German Communist Party. Why? Only the Police Gazette knows!

-Letters between Hitler and Mussolini unintentionally reveal Hitler’s real reason for not throwing a full assault against Great Britain and ending the war in Western Europe. They show Mussolini being led by the nose by a master manipulator.

-Hitler’s personal physician, Dr. Ludwig Stumpfegger, developed a procedure called the “silk-cord operation” that could temporarily paralyze parts of the human brain. Did he use it on Der Fuehrer before his escape from Berlin?

-The Police Gazette‘s last Hitler-Is-Alive report in May of 1972 says it is “sending one of its top investigative reporters to find out” if Hitler is still at his “heavily guarded fortress in a remote region of Patagonia” and to “be on the lookout for this important article.” The reporter was never heard from again….

All the original articles from this granddaddy of all conspiracy theories, plus new commentary and analysis that’s sure to entertain as well as inform. Go here to read rave pre-release reviews.

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Rave Reviews for Hitler Is Alive!

Open Road Media and Mysterious Press have teamed to release Hitler Is Alive!, a Police Gazette collection edited by Steven A. Westlake, head of the company that manages this website and all things Police Gazette.

Already the verdict is in. And Hitler Is Alive! is a winner. Read these pre-release reviews:

From Booklist, the leading trade journal for libraries and booksellers:
“Editor Westlake joyously collects a cavalcade of these breathless accounts, filed by intrepid deep-cover reporters, of Hitler’s Antarctic compound; sexually frustrated Eva Braun’s obtained diaries; and the clandestine documents, X-rays, and blood analyses that prove Hitler’s corpse wasn’t Hitler’s corpse (or that Hitler had children, or that Hitler was secretly a Jew, or . . . well, you get the idea). Ridiculous alt-history fun.”
—Daniel Kraus

From Amazon Vine Voice (averaging 4 out of 5 stars):
“A great read.”
—Jerry Saperstein, Hall of Fame Reviewer

“Highly recommended for conspiracy theory buffs.”
—Kilgore Gagarin, Top 500 Reviewer

“The writing is superb. Pulpy yes, but stylistically solid. Therein lies the true enjoyment in this fascinating piece of period journalism. The articles are so well written that a reader is compelled to follow along in the story with very little effort. Masterfully edited with original illustrations and great story selection so you can also enjoy it as an interesting work of alternative history speculative fiction. I’m very enthusiastic about a collection like this.”
—Dirk Drudgler, Top 1000 Reviewer

“Better written [than the National Enquirer] and more entertaining. If you are interested in gonzo history and conspiracy or just want to read some great, outlandish ‘history,’ this book fits the bill.”
—Kevin Fontenot

“There is such a draw to the content, you almost want to believe what you are reading. It is interesting to see tabloid writing collected and treated like a cultural artifact, which it definitely is.”
—Bryan Newman

“This is an interesting and meaty collection of the theories that are still being floated on the subject. Regardless of how you view the actual possibility that Hitler lived on, it’s a fun and hugely entertaining read.”
—Lauri Crumley Coates

“Worth reading through and thankfully it is a big lark, or is it?”
—Narut Ujnat

From GoodReads, world’s largest site for book recommendations:
“Believable in the way the X-Files is believable or that a congressman will believe and quote ‘The Onion’ as a source. A fun romp through a history that never was.”
—Joseph (evilcyclist)

All the original articles from this granddaddy of all conspiracy theories, plus new commentary and analysis that’s sure to entertain as well as inform. Go here to see Hitler Highlights and Fun Facts covered in the book.

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130 Years of Greatness: A History of Police Gazette Pioneers

Pictured on this month’s cover are the four men most responsible for making and keeping the National Police Gazette an American institution for 130 years. All of them are pioneers and/or geniuses in the field of popular magazines, and all of them knew there was something about the Police Gazette in particular that made it worth the effort.

Of the four, it must be admitted the most significant, not only for the Police Gazette but for all of pop-culture publishing, is Richard K. Fox. An immigrant from northern Ireland, Fox took control of the Gazette in 1877 and immediately undertook to remake the weekly in his own sensationalistic image—not unlike what William M. Gaines would do decades later after taking over “Educational Comics” and having it produce Tales From The Crypt and Mad Magazine. Fox not only perfected sensational/tabloid journalism but made the Gazette the forerunner of the illustrated sports weekly, the girlie/pin-up magazine, the celebrity gossip column, the men’s lifestyle magazine, and Colbert Report/Howard Stern-style ironic coverage of current events. He also had a blast being the Guinness World Records of his day. The trophies, medals and prizes handed out by the Police Gazette for achievements in every activity imaginable numbered into the thousands. The Gazette even sponsored Harbo and Samuelsen, the first people ever to row a boat across an ocean, partly because other publications—thinking the attempt too dangerous—refused to do so. Even with all these credits under his belt, Fox’s greatest impact may have been on the sport of boxing, which, when Fox took control of the Gazette, was illegal in every jurisdiction in the country and devoid of any regulatory authority. The Police Gazette changed all that. Fox’s tireless promotion and management of the sport raised it to a level of respectability and popularity it would never fully relinquish. Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst would later apply Fox’s innovations to the daily-newspaper format and the rest, as they say, is history.

If Richard K. Fox made the National Police Gazette a spectacular 19th-century phenomenon, then Harold Roswell is the reason it became one in the 20th century. Roswell, with partner Edward Eagle picked up the Gazette at perhaps its most vulnerable moment. Following a gradual loss of focus and the death of Fox in 1922, the Gazette succumbed to the Great Depression and declared bankruptcy in 1932. It was purchased for a song by a pulp-magazine group led by Harry Donenfeld and Merle Hersey that got right to work bringing back the kind of shock and sensation beloved by Fox. Graphic articles and pictures of horrifying crimes and bare-breasted women on the front cover said the Police Gazette was reclaiming its place as the magazine you would spend all day in the barbershop reading, but would never have a subscription at home. Sadly, though the content was up to snuff, the business-management side suffered, and only a year and a half later Donenfeld and partners could no longer continue. When Roswell and Eagle took control in 1935, they brought with them the much-needed business discipline, and the Gazette gradually came back to life. For 10 years it focused on the familiar sex and crime. But in the late 1940s, Roswell—now the sole head—pivoted to featuring color sports photos on the cover—years before the debut of Sports Illustrated—reclaiming the Gazette’s legacy as the preeminent illustrated sports journal. Throughout the 1950s, he would also expand the Gazette’s celebrity gossip and sensational commentary on current events. Back in all its outrageous glory, the late 1940s through early 1960s were a new high-water mark for the National Police Gazette. Its “Hitler Is Alive!” series alone was worth the price of admission. Through perseverance, sound business management, and a feel for the “Police Gazette attitude” Harold Roswell became the magazine’s most successful owner after Richard K. Fox.

No list of important Police Gazette owners would be complete without the man who started it all. George Wilkes, with business manager Enoch Camp, wanted to publish a weekly similar to the “Police Gazette” of London, England, which reported details about fugitives and criminals for the benefit of law enforcement officials as well as the general public. Wilkes’s new publication would be the 19th-century version of America’s Most Wanted with John Walsh. On September 13, 1845, the first issue of the National Police Gazette hit the streets. It didn’t take Wilkes long to figure out—as Walsh did with America’s Most Wanted—that readers were picking up the magazine as much for thrills and entertainment as for helping to capture criminals. Wilkes also knew that libel laws of the time protected him from any actions as long as what he published came directly from public court documents. So if someone in a court proceeding testified the craziest, most outlandish things about someone else, Wilkes could publish the transcript in the Gazette and not worry about being sued. He also discovered that a good public crusade against a perceived menace sold copies. The most famous of these became the campaign against abortion provider Madame Restell. The Police Gazette’s unrelenting harangue against Restell was so effective it helped lead to her arrest and conviction. (The Police Gazette under Richard Fox, of course, became less serious and would most likely have handled the Restell case with ironic humor rather than a campaign to bring her down.) After some good years and some less good years, Wilkes sold the Gazette to a former New York City police chief. Its most memorable coverage in the remaining pre-Fox years would be of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

At the other end of the Gazette’s run, when Harold Roswell decided to sell and retire in 1968, one of the founders of the modern tabloid felt he could not miss the opportunity to pick up the reigns of the publication that had started it all. Joseph Azaria founded a little magazine called Midnight in 1950s Montreal. You still see it every time you check out at the supermarket. Only now it’s called the Globe. Azaria became very successful, but he had a career plan all mapped out: he would make as much money as he could in a short time and then retire by the age of 39. As part of this plan, he sold his stake in Globe Communications to a partner. But then the National Police Gazette came up for sale, and he couldn’t resist. Azaria kept the Gazette going for another nine years, but his mind was elsewhere. The plan was to be retired—he spent much of his time in South Florida winning backgammon championships—and the level of commitment needed to make it in the competitive world of publishing just wasn’t there anymore. The Police Gazette invented just about everything you can think of in the world of entertainment journalism. But as soon as competitors saw the success the Gazette made of something, they raced to imitate. And by this time there were dozens of other publications putting more energy and resources into doing the things the Police Gazette had done first. Joseph Azaria followed his retirement plans, ending up in Costa Rica. And the last issue of the National Police Gazette came out January 1977, completely made up of “Hitler Is Alive!” reprints.

Today, Steven Westlake and his company National Police Gazette Enterprises, LLC, manage all things Police Gazette.