Galveston councilman draws ire over Hitler video spoof

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Friday, January 30, 2015
In this 2004 film publicity image released by Constantin Films, Swiss actor Bruno Ganz is seen as Adolf Hitler in the movie "Der Untergang" (The Downfall).

GALVESTON, TX -- A Southeast Texas elected official has drawn criticism for playing an Adolf Hitler video spoof during a public meeting.

Galveston City Councilman Norman Pappous said Thursday he has nothing to apologize for and the video made light of government bureaucracy.

The video came from an online site where a ranting actor portrays Hitler in the 2004 movie "Downfall" on the last days of the German dictator. The parody video, with English subtitles and references to Galveston, was played during a city council workshop Wednesday on rewriting some land-use rules.

That meeting was broadcast live via Galveston's municipal cable TV channel and also streamed online.

Ex-Galveston Mayor Lewis Rosen says he thinks it was pathetic and offensive.

Current Mayor Jim Yarbrough say he'll apologize at an upcoming city council meeting.