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The New York Times asks: Would you be able to kill baby Hitler?


In light of ‘Back to the Future’ Day, the New York Times asked its online readers whether they would be prepared to use a time machine to go back and kill ‘baby Hitler.’ What were the responses?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred controversy this week when he claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had not set out to destroy European Jewry, but rather deport them. It was Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, Netanyahu said, who persuaded Hitler to carry out the “Final Solution” when the two of them met in 1941.

This is not the only storm that’s been caused by the subject of the Nazis this week. The New York Times Magazine also created an online squall when it asked its online readers on Friday whether they would be prepared use a time machine to go back and kill Hitler – and as a baby, no less.


The question came on the heels of Thursday’s “Back to the Future” Day, held in honor of the popular ’80s film series that dealt with exactly the kind of conundrum posed by the New York Times.

Forty-two percent of respondents said that they would kill baby Hitler, while 30 percent said they wouldn’t. Twenty-eight percent were undecided. According to the subse



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