This article lists out important events throughout the history of Downfall parodies.


Downfall Parodies Timeline
Year Date Event
Unknown Charles A. Ridley from the British Ministry of Information creates the first video to use footage from a film to make the Nazis look stupid.[2][3]
2004 8 September Downfall has its premiere in Munich. The date has been recognized as the International Untergangers' Day.
16 September Downfall is released in Germany.
2005 18 February Downfall is released in the United States.
3 September The first recorded parody, La Caida (La versión No Oficial), is uploaded. (Re-upload is linked)
2006 10 August The second recorded parody, Sim Heil, is uploaded.
2007 6 June Bowlch uploads Hitler gets banned from Xbox Live, which would be reuploaded by MOTURK49 a day later.
2008 May Wired and Laughing Squid covers the phenomenon.
28 October New York Times Magazine reports on the mass appeal of “Downfall” parody phenomenon:

“In the best parodies -- and “Hillary’s Downfall” is a good one -- Ganz embodies the role assigned him by the parodist by the time his glasses come off. This is the moment in the original film after Hitler has been informed that he cannot win; as he eases up on denial, he’s coming down on fury. In “Hillary’s Downfall,” you can’t believe how quickly the haircut and costume recede and the Hitler factor fades, eclipsed by Ganz’s tough old fork-tongued grandpa performance. Hitler becomes not the author of the Holocaust but a salty dog who, though all is lost, doesn’t stop piercing pretense and speaking in slangy, heartfelt language, expressing the most deeply felt needs of the human id. We may have repressed that speak-for-the-people Hitler, the one he decided to be in “Mein Kampf”; but in the form of these videos, he has returned.”
―New York Times Magazine

2009 April Hitler Rants Parodies is created.
October Downfall Parodies Forum is created.
6 October The Telegraph publishes an article explaining the meme, as well as a selection of 25 best parodies.[4]
2010 15 January Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel expresses his approval of the meme to New York Magazine’s entertainment blog Vulture:

“Someone sends me the links every time there’s a new one... I think I’ve seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn’t get a better compliment as a director.”
Oliver Hirschbiegel

21 April Constantin Film started sending DMCA takedowns to the parodies in YouTube.
28 July A second wave of takedowns begins.
16 September Hitler Parody Wiki is created.

Mass takedowns ended and YouTube began to place ads on them.
The first Unterganger of the Month award took place (for the month of October, the results might have been announced in November)

2011 January Vzorkic hosts the Downfall Reenactment Contest.
August Fegelbook is created.
Unknown The /r/HitlerParodies subreddit is created, but was quickly abandoned.
2012 January The first Downfall Parody Awards is held.

The first Parody of the Month award takes place.

14 January Tom Harris uploaded his controversial parody. This may have indirect consequences on the Unterganging community, as a short round of blockings (February 20-23) ensues, though dismissed as a glitch on YouTube's part.
19 March Three schoolchildren and a rabbi are shot in the last round of the Toulouse shootings, which naturally spurs YouTube reaction videos. With the involvement of Jews, some of these videos come under attack of flagging, the most notable of which on Unterganger PiretBCN.
12 April Untergangers Chat created.
July The Unterganger Hall of Fame begins its first induction.
1 September The Parody of the Year Awards is announced. However, it did not come to fruition.
16 September yuanjin8899 uploads 元首Rap:江南Style Gangnam Style from Hitler, parody that gathered over 5.4 million views in only 3 months.
October The first Unterganger Awards takes place, replacing the biased Downfall Parody Awards.
26 January is created.
20 March Swedish television channel STV1 aired episode Hitler Humour of the series Kobra about Downfall parodies, with interviews from Hitler Rants Parodies. The show is the first publication to use the term Unterganger to describe Downfall parody makers.
June Unterganger Minecraft Server opened. The Hitler Rants Parodies Chat Room is opened as well, but did not gain a lot of activity until much later.
August JennieParker87 begins hosting her first Downfall parody contest.
2014 2 January created.
March The first Best New/Unknown Unterganger Award takes place.
May The first Unterganger Lifetime Achievement Award takes place.
20 December Untergangers Chat is closed.
2015 26 January is closed.
16 September The Hitler Parody Wiki celebrates its 5th anniversary. The /r/HitlerParodies subreddit is taken over by a few Untergangers.
20 October The Hitler Rants Parodies Contest of 2015 is announced.
December The final Best New/Unknown Unterganger Award takes place.
2016 January The first Best Unterganger Award takes place. The Parody of the Year award is revived, along with the creation of the Unterganger of the Year award.
March The Downfall Parodies Society Chat Room opens.
August The Hitler Rants Parodies Chat Room moves to Discord.
5 November The Unterganger Awards moves to its own website.
2017 January–
Triggered Trio incidents: TraitorLoxoz, TailzParodies, and Green Penguin Parodies are involved in several incidents including trying to rig awards, raiding Discord servers & hijacking the Drachenlord Rants Parodies collaboration.
January January incident: Multiple Untergangers including HRP and Parker87 leave the Unterganger community after a doxxing attempt in the Downfall Parodies Society Chat Room.[5] The Unterganger Awards, Best Unterganger Award, Unterganger Hall of Fame and Unterganger Lifetime Achievement Award are shut down in response.
The Downfall Community Awards are founded.
11 February Unterganger Chat Central is created by Delphox, The Jononator and Ninetales95NL.
Between July and November vanishes and becomes a redirect to[6]
2019 16 February[7] Hitler's actor, Bruno Ganz dies overnight to Saturday in his home in Zurich, Switzerland, according to German media.[8]


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See also


  1. Slate claims it was made in 1940, but The Public Domain Review states 1942.
  2. The Goofy, Anti-Nazi Parody Video That Enraged Goebbels (2014-12-19). Retrieved on 2018-11-19.
  3. Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style (1942). Retrieved on 2018-11-19.
  4. Hitler Downfall parodies: 25 worth watching (2009-10-06). Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. Retrieved on 2018-11-19.
  5. Ninetales 2K QnA + My thoughts on the community drama (2018-01-22). Retrieved on 2018-11-19.
  6. Last archived screenshot of (2018-07-29). Retrieved on 2018-11-19.
  7. The date of death is disputed. BBC and NYT claim night of the 15th, SZ and Tagesanzeiger claim early hours of the 16th, Deutsche Welle claims overnight to the 16th, Agence France-Presse claims during the night from the 15th to 16th.
  8. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz dies, aged 77 (2019-02-16). Retrieved on 2019-02-16.

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