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Truth is stranger than fiction in Hitler Book Week saga

Twitter has been ablaze this morning with news that a student at a private school in Alice Springs was given a best dressed prize after turning up to Book Week dress-up day dressed as Adolf Hitler.

But there was also some confusion as to whether it was a real story as some pointed out an almost identical story appeared two weeks ago on satirical (i.e. made up) news site Broken News.broken-news-hitler-story

When you read the two stories it transpires that truth is stranger than fiction, as even the wildest imagination of Broken News editor Chris Urquhart’s team could come up with.


While in the spoof yarn the boy was sent home, in the real story – as documented by ABC Alice Springs –  the boy had asked permission from a “respected staff member” to dress as the genocidal dictator.


And even more extraordinarily it seems there was a group of exchange students from a Jewish school present at the assembly when the boy was awarded a prize.

Turns out you literally couldn’t make it up.


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