5/22/11

Barbara Millicent Roberts(Barbie) and Klaus Barbie the nazi?


Barbara Millicent Roberts(Barbie) and Klaus Barbie the nazi?
Upon searching wikipedia, i have found out that "Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts". "Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959"
"Klaus Barbie (October 25, 1913 – September 25, 1991) was an SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer (rank approximately equivalent to army captain), soldier and Gestapo member. He was known as the Butcher of Lyon."
"On July 4, 1987, Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, and died in jail in Lyon of leukemia four years later, at the age of 77."

Question, for those who lived or know what it was like back then.. when you have such a war criminal as Klaus Barbie, is it ok to invent a doll named after(or at least bearing the identical family name of) that person? People must have knows about him, it was all in the papers. Was it like a mockery? although, if you invent right now dolls named Saddam, not most children would even touch them.. I really don't get it, how come they are so popular, with such a controversial name? thank you.

- JTR2b
Barbie clearly wasn't named after the Nazi. The fact that thre happens to be a member of the Gestapo that has the same name is purely coincidental and I don't think it's a reason to change the name of the doll.

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