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While I agree with the anti-American bias of the German media and this article, I do not agree that Führer was inappropriately used in the caption. "Führer" obviously stands out when it's not a part of a compound noun, but an example of "Führer" used in every day language is "Parteiführer," which means the head of a political party. The only other word I can think of putting in its place would be Leiter, like in Schulleiter, but that sounds really weird to me. I suppose Der Spiegel could've just chosen not to run that caption, and I'm sure some Germans are making jokes about the caption, but I don't think it was intended to refer to Hitler.