YUNGAR, Peru – Hitler has taken back power in Peru upon winning the municipal election in this small town in the heart of the Andes where he had previously been mayor, following a clash with an opponent called Lenin, who on this occasion brought him worldwide fame.
Hitler Guesclin Alba Sanchez, known here as “the good Hitler,” won 47.7 percent of the vote, so in the early hours, as the custom in the area would have it, he was carried on the shoulders of people in the crowd to chants of “Hitler, Hitler, Hitler” and “Hitler yes, corruption no.”
Alba will be mayor of Yungar for the second time in his 37 years. His first term was 2011-2014.
“Maybe it’s a coincidence that my name is Hitler. The German was Adolf Hitler and from history we know he was, let’s say, a bad guy. Maybe he imposed his ideology in a mistaken way,” he said in an interview with EFE.
“I don’t have any particular complex about being called Hitler. It’s like any other name. For me it’s as if my name was Juan or Lucas or Sebastian,” he said.
Though that name can strike fear, the “good Hitler” defines himself as democratic and a pacifist, whose principal weapon is “simplicity, telling the truth and proposing things that can be completed.”
The name Hitler comes from his father, who had him baptized that way without exactly knowing the historical or political significance of the former Fuhrer.
“In the (19)80s, foreign names were the latest thing. They were fashionable. Possibly my dad, without thinking much about whose name it had been, called me Hitler,” he said.
Later this Peruvian mayor thought about changing his name when he graduated from high school “to Pablo or something like that,” except that he had already obtained his national ID document and so decided to keep it.
His decision led him to be part of a curious battle of namesakes between Hitler and Lenin several weeks ago, right in the midst of the electoral campaign, when a man with the same name as the leader of the Russian Revolution challenged Alba’s candidacy.
Lenin Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde failed in his attempt to get Hitler kicked off the ballot because of his previous term in office, but did manage to endow the candidate of the Somos Peru political party with worldwide fame thanks to reports on this clash in media around the globe.