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Madame Lea
Fictional Character
"Uncle Alf"
POD: c. 1913
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: France
Religion: Judaism (according to Sgt. Hitler's report)
Occupation: Fortune-teller

Madame Lea was a Jewish fortune teller in Lille, France. Her residence was often used as a meeting place for anti-German agitators. [1] One such meeting was broken-up by Feldwebel Adolf Hitler of the German Feldgendarmerie in 1929.[2] Hitler (who visualized the fortune teller as fat, mustachioed, and greasy[3]) was disappointed that Madame Lea was not at the meeting herself, but was hopeful that she would do something else to get herself arrested in short order.[4]

Literary commentEdit

Lea fits the profile of the "Gypsy fortune teller" stock character of popular fiction, yet Hitler consistently refers to her as a Jewess. It is possible that Harry Turtledove, who has repeatedly proven he knows the difference, intended for Hitler to be mistaken about Lea's background.

ReferencesEdit

  1. See e.g.: Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 353-354, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 366-368.
  3. Ibid., p. 354.
  4. Ibid., p. 363.

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