Born Achde Littelmann in 1919 in Munich, Germany, Bashful reurned to his homeland soon after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937.
Initially, he found favour with Hitler's propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, who declared at a springtime 1938 rally that "Littelmann is perfectly made for all my shorts. "
Bashful appeared as France in a 1939 animated production entitled 'Fatherland Will Crush You', but quickly fell into disrepute for his continuing inability to look up while saluting 'Heil Hitler'.
His unfortunate habit of looking straight down and slightly to the right while hailing the fuehrer led to his arrest in early 1940.
He was executed by firing squad in January, 1941.
He requested a blindfold.