Everybody loves a fun and quirky nickname. Sometimes those names represent our personalities, while other times they are reflections of our physical features. More often, however, nicknames can be cruel, and nobody knew this better than the Nazis. Does it really surprise you that there are a lot of weird Nazi nicknames?
Poking fun at their fellow members was something Nazis thoroughly enjoyed doing. While there was a select group of Nazis that were given names that reinforced their reputation in the party, there were others that received nicknames that were not only mean-spirited but also downright bizarre. This list will give you a closer look into how these soldiers and Nazi party officials got their nicknames and why these names appeared to suit them so well.
Werner 'Vati' Mölders
A leading pilot for the German Air Force, Werner Mölders is remembered as the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories during World War II. Amongst his fellow soldiers, Mölders was known for his strength of character. His men gave him the nickname “Vati,” or in English, “Daddy.” He was given this nickname in recognition of his paternal instincts toward his men and how he looked after them during battle.
Unlike the majority of his fellow officers, Mölders had a kinder spirit. He was a religious man who firmly believed that any Allied aviators that were captured by the Luftwaffe were to be treated with kindness and was also known to invite captured pilots to dine with him. Not that that makes up for being a Nazi.
A fighter and leader in both world wars, Albert Kesselring was one of Nazi Germany’s top commanders. Kesselring was given the nickname “Smiling Albert” by the Allies as well as “Uncle Albert” by his troops because of his wild sense of humor. He stayed true to his nickname by proving that he could still crack a smile amidst the chaos that ensued throughout the course of the war.
On the morning of March 10, 1945, when Allied troops took the Rhine, Kesselring met with his staff. Knowing that the war was soon coming to an end, Kesselring, with a large grin on his face, said to his staff, “Well, gentlemen, I am the new V-3,” in reference to the German V-3 cannon. Unfortunately for him, he turned out to be less than deadly, surrendered to the Allies, and was tried for and convicted of war crimes.see more on Albert Kesselring
Hermann Göring was a good buddy of Hitler’s. Along with Hitler, Göring was a member of the Nazi Party since it began. In 1935, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the German Air Force and held that position until the end of the Third Reich. Göring was known as the mind behind Germany’s Four Year Plan and was in charge of much of Germany’s finances throughout the war.
Göring was nicknamed “Fat Hermann” simply because he was overweight - there’s no mystery there. When Göring was being transported via airplane to interrogation at the end of the war, the pilot of the plane asked for a bigger aircraft because he was worried that it wouldn’t be able to handle Göring’s weight.see more on Hermann Göring
Werner von Blomberg held a reputation for being a bit obsessed with Hitler and his ideals. Essentially Hitler’s servant, Blomberg was given the nickname "Rubber Lion" by German critics of Hitler. In 1934, when Paul von Hindenberg wanted to declare martial law in order for Hitler to end the political tension in Germany, the task of informing Hitler of these potential plans was placed on Blomberg.see more on Werner von Blomberg