Saturday, June 21, 2008
Dr. Hannibal Lecter Desenmascarado
The Hannibal Lecter story maintains that he was born into an aristocratic family in Lithuania in 1933. He lived in Lecter Castle, which has been the family seat of the Lecters since the time of Hannibal the Grim (1365-1428). When the Nazis arrive, count Lecter instead of joining the Germans as Lithuanians did en masse, hides in a remote hunting lodge in the woods. The Nazis catch up with him and kill everybody except Hannibal, although we are led to believe that something in his soul, too, has perished, as a result of seeing Mischa killed and eaten. It remains possible, though unconfirmed, that he unwittingly drank hot soup made from her bones. Lecter´s mother, improbably, was an Italian contess, a Visconti. The Visconti shield, above, shows a legendary serpent devoring a man, supposed to be a Sarracen.
The story of Dr. Lecter´s identity is, transparently, a myth. There are no 800 years old aristocratic landowning families in Lituania, but Baltic German Junkers. They certainly welcomed the Nazis and the Nazis adored them as the highest representatives of the Teutonic race. Their children did not wander around unprotected in the forests. Most probably, the young Lecter, having found refuge in America, mythified his genetic origin and transformed his pennyless schreiber father into a Count, like many European refugees did. But blood is stronger than fiction. Lecter´s yiddische kopf reveals unmistakeably generations of Poylische yeschive-boychers, as does his attraction to the uneducated full corn blonde schikse Clarice Starling.