[Marxism] The Onion's satire of "Hitler Won" SF

jay rothermel jayrothermel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 21:39:06 MST 2009

Sci-Fi Channel Show Asks What Would Happen If Germany Lost War

November 9, 2009, which eerily depicts a world in which Germany actually
lost the Second World War, premiered Tuesday evening to high ratings in an
alternate universe to our own.

The much-anticipated television event is said to be the most ambitious ever
produced by the science-fiction-themed network, which is a subsidiary of the
Aryan Broadcasting Company. According to the early response, audiences in
the alternate realm have been riveted by the show's vision of an inverted
existence wherein a defeated Germany has been completely neutered by the
Allied powers.

"Imagine, if you will, a world in which Hitler's glorious master plan had
instead ended in ignominious failure, and the Allies had somehow emerged the
victors," the show's creator, Leonhardt Riefenstahl, said during an
appearance on *Entertainment Heute Nacht*. "It would be as if everything we
know to be true—the fall of Russia, the invasion and surrender of the
American continents, Heinrich Braun-Hitler's consolidation of the various
conquered states in 1973—had never even happened."

Added Riefenstahl, "I think viewers all across the great worldwide National
Socialist Empire are going to be terrified by the upside-down world we've

Critics residing in the alternate realm have also responded positively to
the show: Many praised its scarily realistic depiction of a postwar
Russian-American union rising to economic dominance and superpower status
with the help of gloating French and English allies.

"Not only is *Fallen Axis* a chilling, what-if story of a world gone mad, it
also asks a number of important questions about what Germany's victory
meant, and why its sacred mission was so critical to the fatherland and all
of humankind," said Hans von Winterstein, TV critic for the *Deutsche-American
Zeitung.* "And Rolf Staal's performance as former cowboy actor Henry Fonda
II, the monstrous American president who attempts to spread his country's
insidious political and economic liberalism across the globe, will horrify
even the most stoic among us."

Producers said depicting the fictional, non-German-controlled America cost
upwards of 40 million reichsmarks per episode, with much of the budget going
toward recreating the cities of Washington, D.C. and New York exactly as
they would have appeared before the famous tide-turning *Luftwaffe* strike
of 1951. In addition, test audiences reported being impressed by the show's
painstaking portrayal of a topsy-turvy 2009 in which American big-band music
plays on every radio, Mickey Mouse spouts pro-Semitic propaganda from every
cinema screen, and dilution of the supreme race runs rampant.

The show is considered by many to be another boon to the Sci-Fi Channel's
fall schedule, which also includes *Battlestar Gleichschaltung*, a weekly
drama about a starship crew that enforces the total coordination of
intergalactic society and commerce, and the hit reality series *Jew Hunters*,
in which a team of paranormal investigators scour banks and former Polish
ghettos in search of Jewish spirits.

No less an authority than the National Socialist Empire's reichsminister of
propaganda Helmut Goebbels expressed his admiration for *Fallen Axis* in a
formal address yesterday from the Reichstag.

"The Führer and myself are enormously pleased with this provocative new
program," Goebbels said. "It shows you how close Germany might have been to
losing the war had Nazi scientists not perfected the vortex gun just in
time, and it is a reaffirmation of the values of self-sacrifice and racial
purity that Germany's magnificent victory championed."

Added Goebbels, "However, I must strongly warn the show's creators that it
would be extremely unwise of them not to include a five-minute tribute to
the Führer at the beginning of all future episodes."

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