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Are Minions inspired by Nazi experiments with children?

minions-inspired-nazi-experiments 01For some months an old photo presenting several children wearing suits similar used by Minions, those yellow characters from the franchise “Despicable Me”, claims they were used by Nazi scientists in experiments.

Also following the photos the information

“Minions” was the name given to children used by Nazi scientists in experiments with a chemical called CYKLON-B, during World War II”

It is true that the Minions movie “Despicable Me” was inspired by experiments on children by the Nazis?

The association of the Illumination Entertainment’s lovely yellow characters has nothing to do with WWII or Nazis or Children.

What is the Source of this Photo?

The old picture that has been proclaimed to be children used by Nazi scientists, for the start they are not children. Neither to say it is taken way before of the German Nazis be established (between 1933 and 1945), the photo was from 1908.

They were wearing test wetsuit used by adults, from the first divers of the UK’s Royal Navy and the photo belongs to the Maritime museum in the United Kingdom.

The real Minions inspirations

Definitions of minion
a follower or underling of a powerful person, especially a servile or unimportant one.

According to the LA Times, the film’s directors, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud looked for inspiration from other movies icons, the Willy Wonka helpers Oompa Loompas from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971) and the Jawas from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977) to create Gru’s helpers.Are Minions inspired by Nazi experiments with children?

Who started the rumors about the Minions be inspired by Nazi experiments

According to the El País, a Spanish newspaper, the first mention of connection of the photo with the “Despicable Me” character came from Chilean Luciano González on a Facebook post

González’s post was shared over 35,000 times spreading all over the world as a bad disease.
A few hours later, Gonzales came forward to say it was just an urban legend and decided to share it “as an experiment” to demonstrate that people believe everything they read in social networks.

Unfortunately, his explanation to the “experiment” reached less than 20 shares.

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