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Swedish TV duo quaff Hitler champagne in Kamprad tribute

Swedish TV duo quaff Hitler champagne in Kamprad tribute

Published: 25 Aug 2011 15:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Aug 2011 15:16 GMT+02:00

Swedish TV comedy pair Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson cracked open a bottle of champagne once belonging to Adolf Hitler on Wednesday.

"Some sort of tribute, of course, to Ingvar Kamprad," said Fredrik Wikingsson on Wednesday's episode of "Breaking News", referring to the Ikea founder whose links to the Swedish Nazi movement have courted further interest this week.

The bottle of champagne dates from 1937 and the zany duo "Filip and Fredrik", as they are known, acquired the item at auction in the UK a few years ago in connection with the filming of a previous TV show.

The pair invested 23,000 kronor ($3,640) on the bottle which was discovered in Hitler's bunker in Berlin at the end of the war in 1945.

Among the guests invited to share a toast in honour of the under fire Ikea figure head included wine expert Edward Blom, as well as Swedish pensioner Eskil Carlsson, who gained nationwide attention this week after he treated his neighbours to a cut of beef which had been stored in a glass jar for over 70 years.

After an extended struggle to open the vintage bottle, and a great deal of dithering after reports that the bottle was said to contain cyanide, the assembled hosts and guests were all given a taste.

"Hitler's corpse in the Russian archives is probably nicer," was Edward Blom's assessment.

Filip Hammar concluded that the hefty sum shelled out for the morbid memo of the Nazi dictator was not money well spent and much of the champagne was in turn left to fester in the Ikea glasses which had been symbolically acquired for the occasion.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:10 August 25, 2011 by conboy
What next a Jimmy Åkesson chardonnay perhaps?
17:50 August 25, 2011 by Tysknaden
Those people do not have dignity and taste.
18:32 August 25, 2011 by dizzy09
23000 kronor for a bottle of Nazi wine!!!disgusting...they should have given the money to charity.everything Hitler stood for was evil and that goes for Nazi memorabilia too.
19:49 August 25, 2011 by Atlas
To Filip and Fredrik...Hitler's own bottle champagne served on IKEA's glasses...there is something missing besides the tribute to Ingvar Kamprad...wait, found it...How about a toast also to the Swedish steel industry success during WWII...i'm sure it will fit nicely with your Nazi theme party!!!
20:29 August 25, 2011 by summo
who cares? it's not as if Sweden resist the nazi invasion, or the use of it land to travel around Northern Europe.

I presume all those against the Ikea founder don't purchase any goods from Ikea or Germany as many of the older company members there may have been under pressure to become nazi supporters too.

Why waste good wine, as for Kamprad he has employeed probably 100,00 people and apart from ABBA without him ie. IKEA; Sweden would NOT have any international profile at all.

WW2 and the following decade is old news and folk should really move on, only those who lived through it can justifiably complain.
20:36 August 25, 2011 by Svensksmith
They could have enjoyed the 50 year old meat along with the champagne.
23:50 August 25, 2011 by The Grand Master
Any real news anywhere? Anything? Nope....nothing? Nazi champagne it is then.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
00:12 August 26, 2011 by zircon
Nice body language, Photo II, you on the left.
08:00 August 26, 2011 by uurrbbaann
they arent nazis, they are just trying to get atention. thats why the bought the bottle in the first place. infact when they bought the bottle they bid agenst them selves just to get more atention.

And when the news that Kamprad had been i activ nazi they whanted to "mock" him. so they drank the champagne they allready owned to get more atention.

if you see the results: that both when thwy bought it and drank it they got alot of atention from media.

and it's working becuaus hitler is a hated man but still intresting.

*spelling*
09:02 August 26, 2011 by RobinHood
Just because a bottle of French champagne happened to have been in the fuhrer bunker doesn't make it Nazi champagne. As far as I am aware, champagne is apolitical, I am happy to stand corrected if anyone here has a qualification on the political affiliations of champagne and other sparkling wine.

They will need several cases of the stuff if they are going to drink a bottle everytime someone "reveals" Kamprad's teenage antics. The Local reports this "news" about every three months.
11:01 August 26, 2011 by rise
Why their TV-shows are only bizarre humor, and this drinking of the champagne a bizarre joke. And of course they're only doing it for the attention - it's a TV-show!
16:13 August 26, 2011 by tadchem
"Some sort of tribute, of course, to Ingvar Kamprad," - really just a cheesy publicity stunt for themselves.
09:07 August 27, 2011 by rise
@ tadchem

Lighten up - it is only a (very dry) joke... I guess one needs to be a Swede to see that. ;) Or maybe some British would recognize it as well (I remember John Cleese once thought in an interview that British and Swedish people had the same sense of humor).
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