Stroppy avuncular highly articulate tee total vegetarian who loves children and loves nature loves order and discipline and wants his country to be strong and successful He finds unlikely friends in the Green party as he enthusiastically supports energy independence and renewable energy He makes some good points about the debacle in Afghanistan He states bluntly that with the recipe of internet mass entertainment and a minimal baseline of social welfare global capitalism has found an opiate that lets it continue its accumulation unchecked and unuestioned And he has some chilling observations on Germany s uneasy relationship with its nationalist socialist past When a colleague accuses him of defending the Nazi swine he repliesEs wird heute gerne so hingestellt als h tten damals einige berzeugte zum letzten entschlossene Nationalsozialisten ein ganzes Volk bert lpelt Und das ist nicht ganz falsch es hat diesen Versuch in der Tat gegeben 1923 in M nchen Doch er ist unter blutigen Opfern gescheitert Die Folge war ein anderer Weg 1933 wurde ein Volk mit einer Propagandaaktion berw ltigt Es wurde ein F hrer gew hlt auf eine Weise die sogar im heutigen Sinne als demokratisch gelten muss Es wurde ein F hrer gew hlt der in unwiderlegbarer Klarheit seine Pl ne offengelegt hatte Die Deutschen haben ihn gew hlt Ja sogar Juden Die Partei hatte damals schon vier Millionen Mitglieder Und auch das nur weil ab 1933 僕のヒーローアカデミア 21 keine weiteren Mitglieder mehr aufgenommen wurden Es h tten 1934 auch acht Millionen zw lf Millionen sein nnen Ich glaube nicht dass eine der heutigen Parteien nur ann hernd diese Zustimmung genie t Es gab entweder ein ganzes Volk von Schweinen Oder das was geschehen ist war Dreamland. Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep keine Schweinetat sondern der Wille eines VolkesToday you like to portray things as if back then a few utterly fanatical Nationalist Socialists duped an entire people And that is not entirely false in fact that attempt was made In Munich 1923 Yet it failed in a bloody martyrdom Conseuently another way was taken In 1933 no people was overpowered by a propaganda action A leader was elected in a manner which even now would be considered legitimate democratic process A leader was elected who set out his plans openly with crystal clarity The German people elected him Yes even Jews The party at that time had 4 million members And only because from 1933 no further memberships were accepted It could have been 8 million 12 million by 1934 I do not believe any of the parties today enjoy anything near such popular support Either there was an entire people of swine Or what happened was no swinishness but the will of a people As the book closes Hitler is beginning to establish a new mass movement As all over the world the political centre of gravity drifts to the extreme right this is a warning we would do well to heed Update 24th July 2014I think I can now safely assume that it s a generational thing There s been a rather heated argument with an older female reviewer of this book and I figured I d ask my grandparents about their opinions on the book My grandmother was born in 1937 in northern Germany my grandfather 1933 eually in nothern Germany As my grandpa was at that point old enough he had had to join the Deutsche JugendGerman Youth the group you entered before you entered the Hitler Jugend They send me a letter and I will directly translate what my grandma wrote I am sorry but I couldn t warm myself up to the book albeit being amused sometimes I can imagine that it s like that for anyone who comes back into our world after 66 yearsThe arguments about certain people in our country have disgusted me so much that I have not ended the bookAN I assume my grammy links the character s opinion with the author s opinion I hope most of you don t make that mistake Then grandpa read it and well you see in the addition what he thinks about itI am born in 1937 andnow the story only by having it told to me for which I am gratefulI hope that you forget it soon and that you can engage yourself with nicer subjectsWell yeah not really eh D And now for my grandpa s thoughtsIt s so cute he even added a subject title at the beginning Ah old people xD This book seems to be written for the generation who were grandma s parents The doings of the Gr fazGr faz Gr ter F hrerFeldherr aller Zeiten Greatest leader of all timeGr faz is ironically used mostly At least I never heard anyone not using it for mocking purposes and it s fun yeah Adolf Hitler was in the time of 1924 1945The book is written humorously in some passages but only understandable if one shoves the gruesome events during the leadership of the Nazis asideAN Grandpa s opinion obviously I disagree This in turn insults in the most awful way that part of the people who were directly or indirectly affected by the unimaginable schemes Even today there are survivors who can report on this convincingly I am convinced that this book at best had never been written or after heavy editing measures in many parts separated serve as a cabaret draftGranted those are only two older people whose opinion I now now but granted for one I could not have asked my other grandparents because one is dead and both have been to young to remember anythingborn in the 40s and for second I can t just walk around asking older people to read this book and if I did so with my landlady I m not so sure if that would end wellIt stays however that of three older people who have come across this book one dismissed it almost instantaneously and the other two tried to read it and gave up somewhere midway through And also they have given almost the same reasons as to why they did so Which I understand really since yeah that generation is far likely #to be so opposed even towards a satireBut that brings up what is in my mind so #be so opposed even towards a satireBut that brings up what is in my mind so with the author and many of the readers We are not from that generationWe are younger We only now about the events by history lessons because no people don t talk about it in their families I grew up without The Princes Scandalous Wedding Vow knowing that a man named Hitler ever existed had it not been for school lessons I wouldn t havenown Which again brings up a point We need to STOP the silence We need to adress those issues The wounds have mostly healed the current young generation is far enough apart from this history to still feel connected to it and therefore to feel the duty to think about it while being far enough apart from it to not have the emotional ballast of the older generationWe are now We are reflecting on ourselves And we are not silent sorry grams This is a very difficult book As much as I would like to give it a humorous review I can tSo let s start from the beginning What do we Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart know about the plot Hitler wakes up in modern Berlin in the summer of 2011 is uite confused at first but as he so proudly points outRepeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly he s theind of guy who s so focused on achieving his goal that he ignores the fact that 1 he oughta be dead 2 he traveled through time He goes on exploring the new world and gets a career on TVNow the very premise of this work does turn many people off immediately I have seen that uite often both in private discussions and reviews but also in interviews commentaries by journalists and in one german talk show The uestion many people ask is this Is this book pro Hitler It often is paired with another uestion Is the author a Nazi01 Is this book pro HitlerIf you ve read the blurb you could say Maybe If you ve read the book you should say No Because it s very very direct in that aspect In fact it s so direct that the very fact that Hitler is not a cuddly neighbours dog jumps in your face with rocket speed and breaks your noseDon t be mistaken It is not impossible that this work brings across the wrong message But mind you this needs something to already be there in the reader Pro Nazi sentiments Anti semitism Racism Ignorance towards logic and empathy Still That is not the fault of the author Also those cases are the minority I am not making this up pretty much every reaction towards this book can be categorised in two ways 1 Oh God it s Hitler I hate it or 2 This is satire criticism and a well deserved warning against Nazi ideologyWhat I essentially want to say is this If it so happens that someone gets the wrong idea then that s not the author s fault simply because he made it so apparent that you should not like the protagonistLet s take a closer look So there are jokes involved There s humour in many things Hitler does and gets confronted with Try to cut that all out nobody would read it Seriously Vermes managed to grasp Hitler s style so wonderfully it could be Hitler himself writing were it not for the lesson in it Have you dear readerAnd I Women's Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle know you re reading this ever tried to read Mein Kampf I tried I failed It s just unendurable Noidding a law textbook reads like a children s book compared to that The sane mind cannot endure Hitlers very own book for longer than a paragraph Trust me I triedDoes the humour in this book make Hitler look good It doesn t make him look bad I assure you until he says something misogynistic racist or anti semitic right after thatAn example There s a point where Hitler complains about the overloading of electronical devices eg mobile phones with unneeded crap that leaves the young people pressing their noses against the screens so much thousands of them get Telecommunications Network Design Algorithms knocked over by cars His comment It will be this one of my first plans to forbid these telephone devices actually to only allow them for elements of sub races or maybe even order those to use them Those can lie for days on the major streets of Berlin like dead hedgehogs that s at least a practical advantageDo you notice that he doesn t pay any thought or emotion to the lives of people he deems unworthy Do you notice that he talks about teenagers beingilled by cars because of his order and that he s fine with that Yes So why do you complainHey be all against Hitler the way you want if you so choose to avoid anything that portrays him in less than the light of the psychopath you think he was that s your choice But for the love of sanity look at what the author does Yes he portrays Hitler like a human being like a person very close to the original But that s exactly the thing That s what makes it so evident that Hitler was thinking and doing bad thingsI mean come on would you view any protagonist who promotes the organized extermination of specific human races as something worth doing as positive Yes Please think againIt s not that this Hitler says the specific human races as something worth doing as positive Yes Please think againIt s not that this Hitler says the things That s obvious and it doesn t go away just because he makes some funny jokesMost of those actually related to the time travel than anything else It s that the people around this Hitler hear those things and don t do anything about it Why yes there are people who stand up against him Those are either the politically over correct types or modern Nazis The first because they re concernced the latter because they think he s making fun of their F hrerWhen actually they re already good at making thems Most people have praised this witty satire though a few elderly Germans and Holocaust survivors seem for some unaccountable reason to find it offensive I do not properly understand their objections and have decided to follow the majority opinion My own contribution to this new and exciting genre is a screenplay based on the life of the late Jimmy Savile the celebrated English entertainer and serial pedophile Although in form a lighthearted sex comedy the work needless to say in no way condones pedophilia My aim rather is to draw attention to the cult of celebrity and the increasing sexualization of young children both of which I deploreAt risk of sounding immodest I am rather proud of my little piece It contains references to an eclectic mixture of highbrow and lowbrow sources both Lolita and Come Play With Me I am particularly pleased with the seuence where Savile rapes an eight year old Rwandan refugee which cleverly parodies an episode from Black Emmanuelle Meets the Wife Swappers Honestly if this doesn t alert you to the appalling danger posed by celebrity pedophiles then nothing willI have shown my draft to a number of people and met varying reactions Subjects under the age of five are generally positive though a few of the older ones complain that the sex is too tame Adults however seem very reserved Some have even gone so far as to say that they find my screenplay tasteless and insensitive to the plight of Savile s many victims I have no idea what they are talking about Can someone help meHey Jonathan Maitland has stolen my idea I read an excerpt of this book and I talked at length with someone who has read half of it before tossing it with disgustThis book may read funny but to make a somewhat likable comic figure of the most cruel mass murde. Ce nulla per nasconderlo anzi è tremendamente reale Eppure nessuno gli crede tutti lo prendono per uno straordinario comico tutti lo cercano tutti lo vogliono tutti lo imitano Il mondo che Hitler incontra 66 anni dopo infatti è cinico spudorato bramoso di successo e incapace di opporre ualsiasi resistenza al “nuovo” demagogo Al massimo riesce ad apporre il compulsivo “mi piace” “non mi piace” dei social network Farsa satira pura comicità analisi spietata e corrosiva del nostro tempo il romanzo d’esordio di Timur Vermes è un gioiello di intelligente umorismo ed è divenuto in breve tempo grazie al passaparola un fenomeno editoriale con pochi precedent. ,
ADOLF MEETS DONALD A LAUGH UNTOLDCue in 3 2 1Gagmez Ladies and Gentlemen tonight we have a special guest Tonight our beloved Fuhrer will have a special one on one interview with a formidable opponent Has he finally met his match Well stay tuned and hold on tight to your seats if you want to find out because tonight we have something really exceptional for you Tonight we are graced by the presence of the man himself the frontrunner and Republican Presidential Nominee Mr Donald J Trumpapplause Gagmez Thank you for accepting our invitation Mr TrumpDonald Thank you Ali It s a pleasure to be here Hello Fuhrer Adolf Sieg Heil Donald I m sorry I don t say things like that I m AmericanAdolf I apologize I forgot you are of a lesser race one without mannersDonald Now listen hereGagmez Okay okay let s The Power of the Internet in China keep things civil gentlemen Let s stick to the relevant issues at hand Fuhrer you can beginAdolf Herr Trump I have heard you say uite a number of times that you will bring greatness back to America What does it mean Donald Well for starters we will give America back to its rightful owners Right now America is filled with millions of illegal immigrants and we want to remove those people from our country leeching off from our resources and taking away work that should be given to true AmericansAdolf I am of the same mind Here in Germania wherever I turn my head I see Turks I see Arabs I see mixed blooded men a shame to see the efforts of Goebbels wasted and the beautiful Aryan race soiled by these Asiatic types Donald Our problems are pressing we have Mexicans Asians Africans these people come to our country illegally and scrounge of our taxpayers the result is that the hardworking American s work is stolen from him by these people who will work for less and whose work is far inferior To fight this problem I have come upon a simple very American solution we will build a wallAdolf I believe we had a wall here in Berlin as well of course it was built during a time I was indisposed but it did prove to be serving its purpose until Bolshevists tore it down Donald Younow who has a wall China But I bet you their wall has a lot of defects you can t trust those China made products Our American wall which will be built by blue collar hard working Protestant Americans will be much superior The wall of the Chinese couldn t Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, 19th (University Casebook Series) keep the Mongols out but our wall willeep out those Mexicans You have my word Adolf It would please you greatly then Herr Trump to now that I am an architect It should delight you to now that I designed a lot of Germania of course the war has torn down most of my handiwork but here and there some have survived I can design your desired wall without any misgivings that is if you promise that no Jew will be involved in its construction whatsoever Donald I ll have to decline your offer Fuhrer A lot of our funding come from good hardworking Jewish bankers We have no problem working with themAdolf A soiled country through and through financed by Jews utterly hopeless There can be no greatness in such a thingDonald You hate Jews I hate bigotsAdolf the ironyGagmez Okay as things are getting a little too heated right now Let s take a short break from the politics and go to the audience We ve got DeLaSean here with a uestion for the gentlemenDeLaSean Yow peaz I z here ta ask which o ya ikunik hairz iz betta Donald s toupee or mah main man Adolf s stache Gagmez Thank you DeLaSean Interesting uestion So here we are Which of your gentlemen s iconic hair is better the Trump toupee or the Hitler moustacheAdolf I am appalled I stand before you my beloved Volk with not an inch of untruth present in my body Every fiber of my being is true because the Fatherland deserves nothing but the truth I have never deceived those which I aim to serve never has an ounce of deceit emanated from a pure blooded child of the Rhineland Thus why is it that my purity is compared to a falsity A natural part of my body my moustache is in no uestion superior to a sham of a monstrosity as a toupee A wig The very essence of the object is to deceive Its wearer is nothing but a deceiver One can even say that the practice of wearing a toupee is very Jewish Mr Trump you must have Jewish blood running in those veins clearly any part of you is inferior to a pureblooded member of the Aryan race like myself Donald I disagree Mr Hitler You see a moustache is not a very American thing In fact facial hair is something that is grown by the uneducated by barbarians by people who only want chaos and evil by people without God You now what I m talking about Mr Hitler I m talking about Muslims I m talking about terrorists Osama bin Laden Saddam Hussein Yasser Arafat and of course Adolf Hitler what do these people have in common That s right facial hair You sir are a terrorist responsible for the death of millions of white people and thousands of Americans Your facial hair is a disgrace to the freedom of America My toupee was manufactured by the sweat and hard work of faithful Americans the was manufactured by the sweat and hard work of faithful Americans the of our greatest gift to the world Capitalism My toupee made in America is the symbol of the blue collar church going gun wielding tax paying American and that is miles better than a symbol of terrorism and evil Adolf My na ve friend you now who has facial hair The person America reveres the mostDonald George Washington doesn t have a moustacheAdolf But Jesus Christ does have facial hair am I rightDonald Well er Adolf He is also a Jew The person you Americans love most is a Jew no wonder your government is deceiving its Volk with your CIAs and FBIs A country that mistrusts its own Volk is a disgrace to the Aryan race A very Jewish government indeed Donald America is on the verge of collapse right now but once I become president we will make America great again Adolf How do you aim to do that Herr TrumpDonald By staying true to our Protestant values by valuing the true American and by replacing the present policy of globalism which has moved so many jobs and so much wealth out of our country and replacing it with a new policy of Americanism Under this American System every policy decision we make must pass a simple test does it create jobs and better wages for AmericansAdolf Shouldn t your priority be the procreation of pureblooded Aryan males The American army indeed is an enemy of mine But from my observation during previous encounters it is weakened by the species of the Jew the Mongoloid the Navajo the Oriental and the Negroid it counts among its ranks Not to mention those of mixed descent deceptively Aryan but tainted with impurity The truly Aryan were few and far between I think this can be attributed and this figure has disturbed me greatly to the great number of abortions your country has permitted Its number is alarmingly one of the greatest in the world Of course if those aborted were women it would be of no conseuence but the male are a very important asset of the Fatherland In twenty years time a year s worth of abortions has cost you than thirty divisions of pureblooded Aryan soldiers A great pity It would surprise you to The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario espaol/ingls, ingls/espaol) (Spanish and English Edition) know that there lays the secret to an impenetrable army impeccable lineage But you are too busy with this Americanism none sense tonow better You will never have true Americans without pure lineageDonald We can thank President Barrack Obama for that letting in all these foreign people and turning them into so called Americans An Asian Moslem would want that no doubt but we must remain vigilant to emphasize that America is for the true American bornAdolf It was a great surprise indeed to learn that the President of a largely Aryan nation is a Negroid But looking at his policy and record he seems to be competent When I look at his skin he is not that dark I see traces of Aryan in him Surely the supremacy of the Aryan blood in him has overpowered the Negroid and it manifested itself in his competency Of #Course There Can Be No Uestion That #there can be no uestion that would have been a great deal proficient if he were purely Aryan but in such cases one can t but look at it appreciatively the power of the Aryan blood never fails to amaze me Adolf However in your last words America is for the true American born am I wrong to ascertain that you saying America belongs to the Indian Donald I m saying America belongs to AmericansAdolf What is an AmericanDonald A Whiissse and hardworking person whose ancestors are Americans Adolf Were you about to say White or Aryan Herr TrumpDonald Now you re putting words in my mouth I m sick of this farce You re a bigot You ve been asking me nothing but discriminating uestions It s clear you have an agenda I m done hereTrump walks outAdolf to Gagmez Is he truly a Presidential candidate I am uite taken aback He is undoubtedly sueamish and a sueamish person cannot be expected to rule a country The Volk will not trust him He gives off a rather comical impression Ohh I understand Perhaps he is a humorist what do you call those in America Ohh indeed He is uite the comedian maybe his campaign is a running joke of sorts Gagmez Fuhrer you do Do Better know that you re a comedian too right 45 starsI can guess what you re thinking That cover is that And then But it says it s funnyI can see from some other reviews and comments around that this is appalling to some that the concept of a comedic book about one of the most evil men who ever lived is abhorrent I can understand that But I also think that comedy and satire in particular has a great deal of value in making us think about situations and people in ways we might not have beforeI imagine a few people like me will consider themselves irreverent and try this because of the shock value Inow I saw the fantastically simple but instantly recognisable cover and was sold Thing is this isn t written for its shock value At least I don t think that s it s major point It s not disrespectful It s certainly not cheap laughs and stereotypes This is a well thought out witty and very relevant satire on modern life on the media on our own sense of humour At times it s frightening how like sheep people can be were then still areWe have to take one giant leap for it to work Adolf Hitler from 1945 suddenly wakes up in modern day Germany We never find out how even he doesn t spend too long uestioning To immerse yourself in what happens after you just have to accept it Initially disorientated he doesn t let his unfamiliar surroundings faze him for long A Takdir: Gundala The Official Movie Adaptation kind hearted newspaper seller takes him under his wing and is the first of many to see the F hrer as a fully in character comedy impersonator Soon TV producers come calling and a slot on a comedy show beckons What was once a hypnotic despot is now a hypnotic comedy performer Is this the point That we can only laugh at the ravings of a madman now now that our society would not take him seriouslyHowever much the F hrer rants raves and talks politics his new contemporaries applaud his brave comedic insights into the current world climate and his witty outlook of Germany s past It s something you think you might find appalling After all this is Adolf Hitler But even the Jewish uestion is well handled I was worried about that Of course racist sentiments are spouted by our protagonist and we never ever feel sympathy for him but with the first person perspective and everyone constantly reminding him that as a comedy topic the Jews are no laughing matter and Hitler agreeing that they are absolutely right the author gets away without making his lead overly repellent as a fictional F hrer you doeep wanting to see what will happenThe modern world finding Hitler a comedy genius is itself pretty funny as we are meant to find it in some ways it is frightening can we not see Evil in front of our faces It does say a lot about the world today that we would very likely find this ind of thing post modern ironic and think ourselves very witty for declaring it so How clever are we that can laugh at his comedic genius In many ways this makes us no different to the many who followed blindly back in the 20s and 30s Which of course makes it all the funnier in the book Hitler s speeches are hilarious at times his old trademark style of speechmaking his old speeches and phrases themselves used but to a vastly different audience But maybe not such a different one in many respects Gullible in a different way I did think reading this if a man appeared claiming to be Hitler looked like him dressed like him orated like him he would either end up in a mental hospital or on YouTube I had a chill in one scene when Hitler gives a speech though I m not certain I believe it s a direct copy of a real one he gave in which he spouts about blood and sacrifice truly horrific but his TV crew interpret it as an elegy for a recently deceased colleague While it s funny it s also an indictment of our sensibilities You want. Ricordate Le memorie di Schmeed di Woody Allen “Nella primavera del 1940 una grossa Mercedes venne a fermarsi davanti al mio negozio di barbiere al 127 di Königsstrasse ed entrò Hitler ‘Voglio una spuntatina leggera’ disse ‘e non tagliatemi molto sopra’” Schmeed il barbiere del Reich depositario dei segreti del Führer Ecco il romanzo di Timur Vermes sembra rimandare alla comicità di Allen È l’estate del 2011 Adolf Hitler si sveglia in uno di uei campi incolti e uasi abbandonati che ancora si possono incontrare nel centro di Berlino Egli non può fare a meno di notare che la guerra sembra cessata; che intorno a lui non ci sono i suoi fedelissimi comm. Him locked away yet you want to see what other honours this society will laud him withMy favourite sections of the book were those that introduced the F hrer to modern technology the traditional comedy segments His views on TV shopping channels and cookery shows had me in stitches for example My jaw dropped Providence had presented the German Volk with the wonderful magnificent opportunity for propaganda and it was being suandered on the production of leek rings He discovers Vikipedia discusses with us his views on the 20th century history that he missed and smugly compares his own YouTube viewing figures to that of Chaplin s The Great Dictator Again though we are not allowed to forget who this is every technological advance he sees only as a potential tool for creating a new Reich Humour with real biteHow people react to him is fascinating most find the Heil Hitler amusing his refusal to get out of character admirable his improvisation astounding And all that is funny Yet the author also touches on the tragic the elderly Jewish woman who cannot CANNOT find this national sensation funny remembering the atrocities he or the person he is impersonating committed the Nazi haters who don t see satire but die hard National Socialism The National Socialists for whom he is TOO extreme It is the masses as usual who are led en masse to one opinion of himI loved this The translation from the German is excellent and the only reason I haven t given this 5 stars is because there are references to modern day Germany that I didn t follow references to contemporary political figures and situations and I also found a few of the F hrer s speeches and thoughts bordered on overlong Only a few though Most of this is perfectly paced and wittily writtenYou ll never read another book like it I m Jewish myself and found it original hilarious and far from shallow Very scary too It treads the path of satire carefully With fewer and fewer people around who can remind us in person of what Adolf Hitler did to so many it is vitally important that this is a topic that never dies Satire is one way of eeping his revolting ideology in the public consciousness we must never be deluded into adulation of such a creature A new generation can enjoy and ponder on this book and not let the past dieRecommendedReview of a Netgalley advance copy I have finally managed to read this controversial book and now I understand why it has become so controversial This is cutting satire which pulls no punches in the tradition of Jonathan Swift many a time you will flinch while reading it This is the way I believe that satire should work while making one laugh it should also make one uncomfortable and make one uestion the very basis of one s fondly held beliefs It did this for me I laughed out loud in very few places but all the while my inner demon was seething with evil laughterThe premise of the novel is simple to the point of silliness Hitler is deposited into the middle of modern day Germany without any explanation whatsoever People take him for a flawless impersonator while he is very sincere in his motives to set Germany right While the country sees him as a comedian par excellence on TV Adolf is using it as a means of propaganda to re establish his philosophy in the minds of the Volk As the show and the showman become a runaway hit he is wooed by different parties and gets a book contract and at the end of the novel we realise with a shudder that Hitler is slowly re emergingThe juxtaposition of a historical figure with modern society is a common trope used in many satirical plays in India it is a useful tool to satirise modern society in the light of age old values However here we find modern society evaluated in the light of Nazi values celebrity culture and the ethics of journalism for example and we sometimes find ourselves agreeing with Hitler This is deeply disturbing and forces us to uestion the values which we have become accustomed to which is good IMO but which I suspect may get a lot of people pissed off A mirror is sometimes very difficult to look intoAnother disturbing fact Hitler s popularity In the guise of humour only for the audience the Fuhrer is in dead earnest so much of hatred for the other is tolerated nay even encouraged It made me uestion the limits of satire itself for example in a joke aimed at a particular community are we laughing at the issue or the target community For example do we see a magazine such as Charlie Hebdo satirising society or insulting religion So while applauding Hitler as a comedian is society tacitly putting the seal of "approval on his dangerously eccentric ideas due to its own ingrained racism Continuing in the "on his dangerously eccentric ideas due to its own ingrained racism Continuing in the vein is this what happened originally when a little man with a ridiculous moustache was able take centre stage in German politics after spending a long time on the fringes frightening thought thatThe novel is brilliantly written in Hitler s unreadable prose I could recall my experience of reading Mein Kampf which shows him up for what he was a pompous ass with murderous ideas I think this is the root of the criticism that the novel makes Hitler likeable It doesn t It makes him silly Such a man could not come to power and commit murder on such a grand scale without the active collusion of the majority at least sins of omission if not those of commission In fact Hitler only cleverly exploited European anti Semitism to come to power IMO By the time the world realised the depths of the depravity of this madman it was too late The novel warns us that it is all the possible in modern society with the vastly improved means of propaganda at its disposalFinally does this novel trivialise the holocaust and put Hitler in a favourable light IMO it doesn t What it does is that it diminishes Hitler It says Look guys this ooky idiot rode to power on your shoulders and once there tightened his grip like a vice Such monkeys will come in future also Please don t lift them to your shoulders and allow them to put a chokehold on youWhich is not a bad message when one comes to think about it91116I think the last paragraph of my review may have proved prophetic Although I read this book in German there are already lots of German reviews and it may get published in translation so I ll review auf Englisch The title translates as He s Back and it s about Hitler who mysteriously reappears in Berlin in 2011 and becomes a TV star His audience apparently believes him to be some ind of method actor or nth degree Stephen Colbert character and is alternately discomfited by his unironic profession of Nazi ideals and interested in his updated ideas for example about how protecting the German homeland environment should be a highest priority which makes him a strange bedfellow of the Green party Meanwhile Hitler himself remains resolutely oblivious of how reviled he is by nearly everyone in the modern world which sets up many scenes of dramatic irony when his modern producers and viewers are too polite to call him out on his occasionally outrageous statements which they believe are part of his act What makes this the book somewhat groundbreaking is that it s a German comedy about Hitler This doesn t feel special to Americans and British people who have been making fun of Hitler since Charlie Chaplin but in my experience even when Germans do want to be funny anything around Nazism is the last place they would go rather like the German tourist who tells Basil Fawlty that his goose stepping is not funny Not for us Not for any German people That said this book isn t a straight up laugh out loud Public Relations kind of comedy A lot of the the time the emotion the reader experiences is theind of cringe that The Office British version evoked so relentlesslyAlthough I enjoyed reading the novel for my own purposes to exercise my German and find out what all the talk in Germany was about I m not sure I d recommend this to American readers It relies on a pretty detailed nowledge of contemporary German society its immigrants laws against promoting Nazism other TV shows that I doubt many Americans are up to speed on Also much of its style stems from the author s mimicry of Hitler s oratory which involved torrents of high flown hyperbolic old fashioned language in this book applied to such observations as the fact that there are lots of Starbucks around or that reality TV shows are repetitive and insipid or that Ikea furniture is made of firewood It starts to be funny and then you realize you re being amused with Hitler and you want to stop Ultimately what made this book satisfying can only be described in German Schadenfreude It turns out that watching Hitler lost diminished irrelevant a joke but not a good one is a little thrilling Not everyone would agree with me but as an American I think the Germans especially of my generation are better at confronting their historical demons than we are and I m not surprised that this book both for the symbolic reason of finally making Hitler a subject of comedy and for the thematic reason of revealing the panorama of a pluralistic German society became a bestseller there However the book ends on an eerie warning note as Hitler a pluralistic German society became a bestseller there However the book ends on an eerie warning note as Hitler his rhetoric to match the times and uses his power of personal fascination to rebuild a circle of followers and fans Published in English as Look Who s BackWhat would happen if Hitler woke up in present day Germany How would he deal with the large number of foreign immigrants living in contemporary Germany not to mention its political agenda If you re one to scoff at such a scenario rest assured that the characters of this book did so as well with the exception of Hitler himself of course So our most hated dictator ends up becoming a famous comedian Let s face it he couldn t REALLY be speaking seriously rightThis book was yet another one in my continuous uest to improve my German language skills by means of something other than YA in genre On the surface it looked decent enough contemporary time travel and humor The addition of Hitler didn t exactly make it sound too promising but lack of sparkly vampires clinched the dealThough my reviews should definitely be taken as gospel ha do eep in mind the following I read the book in German and my proficiency in the language is intermediate at best I don t much care for politics in ANY language and Germany s political views as well as its internal issues are completely foreign heh to meImpressions There were uite a few funny episodes which made me laugh out loud in spite of myself I even laughed with Hitler s character onceInterviewer Do you admire HitlerHitler Only in the mornings when I look into the mirrorI Ugly Child Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 3 know I m ashamed of myself too I didn t understand most of the political mumbo jumbo in part due to my lacking language skills but also due to my lack of backgroundnowledge on issues in contemporary Germany Dialect speech in writing confuses me I was truly horrified when Hitler s young secretary was swayed by his charm in spite of her Jewish ancestors who were deeply affected by the Holocaust It made me wonder how I d have reacted to such a character in her place There were plenty #of humorous seuences which made the book somewhat bearable though not enough #humorous seuences which made the book somewhat bearable though not enough consider it enjoyable The ending was rather disappointingScore 25 starsI suppose people with better German skills and in depth nowledge of politics would be closer to the target audience of this book than me Running into ideasFor the last few days I ve been reading Timur s book and yesterday I finished it That is usually the time when I force my opinion on the world it was time to leave a review on GoodreadsAs I was walking home after work I Do the Germans have the right to find Hitler funny That s the mistaken uestion which seems to drive much of the controversy over this wildly popular novel in which Adolf Hitler by mechanisms which are wisely left unexplained returns from the dead and finds himself whole and well in modern day Germany What does he make of the world and what does he do with himselfHe does what he does best rapidly grasps a socio political situation and delivers impassioned rants that lead to immediate stardom An instant TV and YouTube hit he is taken to be a hilarious Hitler impersonator who can speak truths that no one else dares to in the era of political correctness The parts of the book that show Hitler s reaction to contemporary society are in fact uite funny He s appalled by the profusion of newspapers purveying mindless dribble Television that splendid propaganda tool shows gardening shows and melodramas Mobile phones the internet and chain stores are all developments which a transplant from the first half of the twentieth century finds wondrous and monstrousBut as the book goes on you realise what Vermes is doing You ve started to like Hitler He s Ilitoni; che non c’è traccia di Eva Non può non sentire un forte odore di benzina esalare dalla sua divisa sudicia e logora; e non riesce a spiegarsi l’intorpidimento delle sue articolazioni e la difficoltà che prova nel muovere i primi passi in una città piuttosto diversa da come la ricordava Regna infatti la pace; ci sono molti stranieri; e una donna sì proprio una donna per giunta goffa tale Angela Merkel è alla guida del Reich 66 anni dopo la sua fine nel Bunker contro ogni previsione Adolf inizia una nuova carriera stavolta a partire dalla televisione uesto nuovo Hitler non è tuttavia né un imitatore né una controfigura È proprio lui e non fa né di.