In Namibia, a politician named Adolf Hitler was elected a local councilor by SWAPO, a party that is in government.
Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected with 85% of the votes in the regional vote in Ompundja, a small town in the far north of the country.
Hitler confirmed that his father named him after the German Nazi leader and that, most likely, he was unaware of his ideologies.
Hitler, 54, is among the most popular politicians in the southwestern part of the country, not so much by name, but by firm positions as an anti-apartheid activist.
Interviewed by the German tabloid Bild, the politician guaranteed that he has no problems with his name, as Adolf was a common name in the former German colony.
“It was a perfectly normal name for me when I was a child. Only when I got older did I realize that this man wanted to subdue the whole world and killed millions of Jews, ”he told Bild.
Adolf does not use Hitler in social media accounts, but he still applies the name to official documents.
When asked why he doesn’t change his name, he replied that it is now “too late for that”.
“It is in all official documents, it is too late for that,” he confessed. Later, he found a solution: he identifies himself as Adolf Uunona in public, leaving Hitler aside. The wife also prefers to call him Adolf, a way to lose some of the weight attached to that name associated with the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
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