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Hitler, Stalin foreclosed on by Dime Savings Bank? It happened
By Adam Pincus | March 26, 2014 04:30PM

From the March issue: Adolf Hitler of Germany and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union were included as defendants in a foreclosure lawsuit brought by Dime Savings Bank in Brooklyn State Supreme Court, 74 years ago this month.

The bank identified the dictators as owners of the four-story rental building 541 Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens because the former owners, Martin Auslander and Julius Freilocher, transferred title to Hitler and Stalin two months earlier in an effort to embarrass the bank, the New York Times reported that year. [more]