Charlie's career blew up: movie releases, major contracts and international recognition. He visited Berlin in the early 1931 when Hitler's party rose to prominence, and there he crossed paths with Hitler for the first time. Unnerved by the warm welcome of the famous comedian by the citizens, the party dedicated a few lines to Chaplin in their book about Jews, calling him a 'disgusting Jewish acrobat'. Even though Chaplin wasn't of Jewish descent, this meant that somehow he got under Hitler's skin with his comedy.
The resemblance between Hitler and Charlie's character Trump wasn't unnoticed and often got its fair share of humorous commentary. Chaplin himself was said to have been haunted by similarities him and Hitler had shared. These memories are documented by Charlie's son. The famous comedian thought that his and Hitler's destinies were poles apart – one brought joy, the other – suffering. Their birthdays were only a couple of days apart in April of 1898, and their success stories were too similar. A comic and a madman. If fate intervened, it could be the other way around.
Neither the odd similarities he and Hitler shared nor the unpleasant attention of his party stopped Chaplin from treating Hitler as the best target for satire. "The greater the imposter you take on, the better are your chances of making a funny picture" – that was the rule. And in the mid 1930s' Hitler looked like the biggest imposter of all. Being world-famous, Charlie Chaplin had his voice and wasn't afraid to use it. The actor found a way to show his criticism of the growing Nazi regime and express his solidarity with the Jewish people. As Hitler's critic, he had the idea to fight the regime using the tool that he mastered – his comedy.