This project focuses on two propositions. Firstly, the geometric “toothbrush” – or, more bluntly, “Hitler” – moustache is a genuinely modern moustache since, in contrast to virtually any other facial hair, it in no way imitates the organic contours of the face or ornamental forms. Hitler adopted this style of moustache (which had by then become unfashionable) around or before 1923 and it immediately became a symbol that was as unmistakably associated with him as the Nazi swastika. Secondly, numerous men within the German Reich emulated him with similar moustaches before 1945. Given the omnipresence of portraits of the Führer, they must at least have been aware of the similarity and the act of self-ascription involved. They thus became odd hybrids of an “icon” (in the sense of a depiction) and an “eidolon”, in the sense of an imitation of the model. The moustache was therefore a direct expression of the unity of ‘Führer’ and people (something evoked time and again by way of propaganda and legitimation)– or indeed, given its physicality, it was perhaps the expression of this. With Hitler’s death and the cremation of his body, the moustache did not disappear, but rather remains symbolic of Hitler himself.