[ Pdf Er ist wieder da ✓ writing PDF ] by Timur Vermes ✓ 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 deplore.
At 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 sequence 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 will.
I 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 me Hey Jonathan Maitland has stolen my idea Ricordate Le Memorie Di Schmeed Di Woody Allen Nella Primavera Del , Una Grossa Mercedes Venne A Fermarsi Davanti Al Mio Negozio Di Barbiere Al Di K Nigsstrasse Ed Entr Hitler Voglio Una Spuntatina Leggera Disse E Non Tagliatemi Molto Sopra Schmeed, Il Barbiere Del Reich, Depositario Dei Segreti Del F Hrer Ecco Il Romanzo Di Timur Vermes Sembra Rimandare Alla Comicit Di Allen L Estate Del Adolf Hitler Si Sveglia In Uno Di Quei Campi Incolti E Quasi Abbandonati Che Ancora Si Possono Incontrare Nel Centro Di Berlino Egli Non Pu Fare A Meno Di Notare Che La Guerra Sembra Cessata Che Intorno A Lui Non Ci Sono I Suoi Fedelissimi Commilitoni Che Non C Traccia Di Eva Non Pu 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 Difficolt Che Prova Nel Muovere I Primi Passi In Una Citt Piuttosto Diversa Da Come La Ricordava Regna Infatti La Pace Ci Sono Molti Stranieri E Una Donna S , Proprio Una Donna, Per Giunta Goffa , Tale Angela Merkel, Alla Guida Del Reich Anni Dopo La Sua Fine Nel Bunker, Contro Ogni Previsione, Adolf Inizia Una Nuova Carriera, Stavolta A Partire Dalla Televisione Questo Nuovo Hitler Non , Tuttavia, N Un Imitatore, N Una Controfigura Proprio Lui, E Non Fa N Dice Nulla Per Nasconderlo, Anzi, 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 Anni Dopo, Infatti, Cinico, Spudorato, Bramoso Di Successo E Incapace Di Opporre Qualsiasi Resistenza Al Nuovo Demagogo Al Massimo Riesce Ad Apporre Il Compulsivo Mi Piace Non Mi Piace Dei Social Network Farsa, Satira, Pura Comicit , Analisi Spietata E Corrosiva Del Nostro Tempo, Il Romanzo D Esordio Di Timur Vermes Un Gioiello Di Intelligente Umorismo, Ed Divenuto In Breve Tempo, Grazie Al Passaparola, Un Fenomeno Editoriale Con Pochi Precedenti 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 question 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 laughter.
The 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 emerging.
The 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 question 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 into.
Another 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 question 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 same 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, that.
The 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 disposal.
Finally 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 kooky 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 you Which is not a bad message, when one comes to think about it.
9 11 16I think the last paragraph of my review may have proved prophetic 4.
I can guess what you re thinking That cover is that And then, But it says it s funny I 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 before.
I imagine a few people like me will consider themselves irreverent and try this because of the shock value I know 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 are.
We 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 questioning 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 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 seriously However 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 question 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 do keep wanting to see what will happen.
The 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 kind 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 him locked away, yet you want to see what other honours this society will laud him with.
My 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 squandered 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 bite.
How 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 him.
I 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 written.
You 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 keeping 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 die.
Review of a Netgalley advance copy.
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 Goodreads.
As I was walking home after work, I thought about my upcoming review What to say about this What did I think I wasn t sure Actually, I had trouble deciding what this book was aboutDid it leave me with any lasting impressions Not really Any deeper insights No Anything lighter maybe Yes maybe This was amusing at times, but surely nothing For the most part, this felt fluffy, the narrative remained surreal, and kept me at a distance Huh So what to say about this What is the point of this book I decided to leave my review until tomorrow and went out for a run along the Thames London lay in the evening rays of spring, the sun gleaming off the water, diners and drinkers lining the embankment chatting and laughing, the work week a memory, the weekend days a promise The mood was light, the city was buzzing, and the world was good I set out and became part of the urban summer Running hard for a stretch, walking the next, I tried to execute a technique the experts call interval training.
I am in a walking phase of my workout, Timur s book firmly forgotten, when I became aware of a memorial plaque I had never before noticed It said In memory of the 40 dead and 60 injured when a direct hit destroyed an air raid shelter close to this spot in 1941.
And then I got it That is what Timur s book is about That is what it wants to be And that is also what it does not manage to be.
What this book wants to beTimur s book wants to be satire It wants to be scathing, and it wants to be malicious It wants to be your friend And then it wants to betray you, and slap you in the face While you stare at it, unbelieving and hurt, it wants to stand tall and proud It wants to point at you, in silent accusation, in moral rectitude Unforgiving Revealing Warning How do I know it wants to do all this Well, from hindsight, it is clear enough, really Odd that it required a memorial plaque for me to see it Timur has his fictional Hitler narrate his story as I narrative, so we are always in Adolf s head Timur imitates the historical Hitler s speech mannerisms chillingly well the convoluted syntax is there as much as Hitler s rambling, often unstructured thoughts Timur is even spot on when bringing the body language back to life Hitler so famously used in his public speeches.
And as we are supposed to see the world through Hitler s eyes, we are expected to discover that for the most part, these eyes are not those of an evil psychopath, but allow insights into the inner workings of a reasonably normal person, a person with strengths and weaknesses, a person who is uncertain at times, experiences pain and joy, and can be charming A person like you and me No Not like you and me This is where the book wants to slap us in the face And here is how The following scene shows Adolf in conversation with his secretary, Fraulein Kromeier, who has just told him that she cannot work for him any We enter the scene as Kromeier shows Adolf a photo of her grandmother s family, taken in 1943 I read the book in the original, but translate the passage into English I have not gone to war for six long years that I could not guess what personal tragedies would be involved in this What wounds untimely death tears into the souls of the innocent Who died , I asked Everybody Six weeks later I looked at the man on the photo, at the woman, at the two boys, in particular at the two boys, and had to clear my throat This photo, it touched my heart If you wish to take the day off , I began, I think memories of the war are difficult for you Who says anything about the war , Kromeier shouted, these people did not die in a war These people were gassed I paused and looked at the photo again The man, the woman, the boys did not look like criminals, like gypsies, not a bit like Jews That was truly astounding, I myself would have failed to arrest these people, as German as they looked, I was so puzzled, at first I even thought I should take the opportunity and thank Himmler for his painstaking and impartial work in this matter.
from pp308 13 Slap How dare you allow yourself to be lured in by this man , the book asks I stand before the book, helpless, and I feel exposed Something has been revealed to me Something painful Something grotesque Is it possible that I would have let myself been drawn into the schemes of a twisted murderer Is it possible that I would not have seen Hitler coming, would not have been able to look forward as clearly as I am able to look back The book stands tall and proud Imperious It points at me I cower before it, and I am ashamed.
What I think this book isIn my quote, Timur s book is all it could have been But the passage is only five pages long It stands alone with perhaps two or three other such instances in a book of 400 pages And because of that, its impact dilutes hopelessly It is a drop of vitriol in the ocean And the rest of the book, I am afraid to say, feels rather innocuous It is amusing at times, but when it isn t, and this is often, it comes over as strangely dull and pointless It is also disjointed, many of the chapters do not serve any obvious purpose and do not advance the plot In particular in its final quarter, the book feels like Adolf s adventures in modern day Berlin What would happen if Hitler attended the Wiesen the Octoberfest What would happen if Hitler went out to buy razorblades What would happen if Hitler walked into the party headquarters of the NPD Germany s extreme right Sometimes this is hilarious, but even at its best, these episodes never rise above the status of a harmless anecdote.
In the end, Timur chose a protagonist who just remains too artificial From page one it is clear that Timur s fictional Hitler is a literary device, and as such, Adolf remains an abstract notion throughout the majority of the book I think Timur would have been able to deliver his cathartic face slapping to much better effect had he chosen to write a fictional biography of Adolf Hitler Now that would have been evil A Hitler who wakes up in 21st Century Berlin and rails at graffiti and day time telly Yea that makes me smile but in the end, so what No chance to confuse Adolf with Hitler A Hitler who relives NS Germany as I narrative Now that would be chilling Adolf would still be the fictional Hitler, but no prizes for guessing that we would forget this over the course of 400 pages.
What this book is perceived to beAnd yet, even though for the most part a harmlessly amusing book I think so, anyway , Timur s intended satire still managed to polarise public opinion in Germany Mostly, people were unsure whether Hitler represents an appropriate subject for political satire or not Leaving that aside, I found it illustrative to read through some of the reviews readers published on and goodreads It appears to me that many who liked the book liked it for the right reason the idea that laughing along with Hitler is something that sticks in your throat, something that makes you think about whether the historical Hitler would again receive adulation in modern day Germany and, by extension, in the societies of the 30 odd countries into whose languages the book was translated But still, many positive reviews stay quite close to the actual book, and ask themselves whether Hitler may have been a talk show host, or would indeed be able to side with the Green party I wonder whether these thoughts do not, in the end, essentially miss the point And I think I am finding the point when I look at some of the negative reviews At least some readers are intensely emotional about the book, to the point that they are advocating not to read it, or even to suppress it Views are expressed that freedom of speech needs to find a natural restriction when such freedom might insult the sentiments of others This is a complex issue and I cannot do it justice here but we need to remember that these views are directed against a specific example of free speech, and not offered as a theoretical view And this, finally, delivered the chilling punch I had been missing so much in the book The lure of radical views is subtle Dictators tend to suppress freedom of speech for reasons that they genuinely believe in These reasons may feel twisted, misinformed, and cynical to those whose views are suppressed But it feels too easy to dismiss the Hitlers, Stalins and Honeckers of this world as evil, crazed psychopaths who live in a world apart from that inhabited by intelligent, enlightened, and life competent individuals The part inhabited by us The truth may be much subtle, and it is likely to be uncomfortable In an attempt to make sure that it never happens again , we may be inclined to suppress freedom of speech in order to protect the innocent But it is not by suppression of ideas seen as potentially harmful that freedom is protected Freedom is protected if members of a society embed the chorus of their voices in democracies governed by the rule of law Doing so will dilute the impact of any one view, and yet allow each one to be heard.
And looking at some of the views expressed in the wider debate about this book, I wonder whether a threat to the open society may not come from those wishing to protect it as much as from those sworn to destroy it Had Timur been able to deliver this disturbing thought in a masterful satire, I would have given it 5 stars.
But he didn t, and so I didn t This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 3.
0 Unported License 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, equally in nothern Germany As my grandpa was at that point old enough, he had had to join the Deutsche Jugend German Youth the group you entered before you entered the Hitler Jugend They send me a letter, and I will directly translate what my grandma wroteI 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 years.
The arguments about certain people in our country have disgusted me so much, that I have not ended the book A N 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 it.
I am born in 1937 and know the story only by having it told to me, for which I am grateful.
I hope that you forget it soon, and that you can engage yourself with nicer subjects Well, yeah not really, eh D And now for my grandpa s thoughts It s so cute, he even added a subject title at the beginning Ah, old people xDThis book seems to be written for the generation who were grandma s parents The doings of the Gr faz Gr faz Gr ter F hrer Feldherr aller Zeiten Greatest leader of all time Gr faz is ironically used, mostly At least I never heard anyone not using it for mocking purposes, and it s fun, yeahAdolf Hitler was in the time of 1924 1945.
The book is written humorously in some passages, but only understandable if one shoves the gruesome events during the leadership of the Nazis aside.
A N 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 draft Granted, those are only two older people whose opinion I know 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 anything born 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 satire.
But that brings up what is, in my mind, so important with the author and many of the readers We are not from that generation.
We are younger We only know about the events by history lessons, because no, people don t talk about it in their families I grew up without knowing that a man named Hitler ever existed, had it not been for school lessons I wouldn t have known 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 generation.
We 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 t.
So, let s start from the beginning What do we know about the plot Hitler wakes up in modern Berlin, in the summer of 2011, is quite confused at first, but, as he so proudly points out Repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly , he s the kind 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 TV.
Now, the very premise of this work does turn many people off immediately, I have seen that quite often, both in private discussions and reviews, but also in interviews, commentaries by journalists and in one german talk show The question many people ask is this Is this book pro Hitler It often is paired with another question Is the author a Nazi 01 Is this book pro Hitler If 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 nose.
Don 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 1Oh God, it s Hitler, I hate itor 2This is satire, criticism and a well deserved warning against Nazi ideology What 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 protagonist.
Let 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 reader And I know you re reading this , ever tried to read Mein Kampf I tried I failed It s just unendurable No kidding, 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 tried.
Does 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 that.
An example There s a point where Hitler complains about the overloading of electronical devices, e.
g mobile phones, with unneeded crap that leaves the young people pressing their noses against the screens so much thousands of them get knocked over by cars His commentIt 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 advantage Do 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 being killed by cars because of his order, and that he s fine with that Yes So why do you complain Hey, 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 things I 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 again.
It s not that this Hitler says the bad things That s obvious and it doesn t go away just because he makes some funny jokes Most 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 hrer When actually they re already good at making themselves ridiculous Others are in general charmed by his, as they think, satirical portrayal of the dead Austrian So much that they fail to notice his misogyny His racism His anti semitism Which is a pretty accurate portrayal of our society Speaking of Germany here, but if you re from the US you should also check your views on those topics, just to be sure There s an easy test for misogyny Do you think that a woman is guilty if she get s molested or raped Then yes, you re misogynistic Misogyny nowadays Not discussed Dismissed Always a part of some conspiracy against politicians Yes, that s idiotic And racism Good heavens, no, we don t even talk about that, how could we be racist How How or maybe we just are And don t even get me started in anti semitism, that deserves a whole school subject.
Back to Hitler This one just sounds so weird What s left to say Not much, actually There s still the issue that not everything Hitler says is wrong There are problems in modern Germany There is a horrible waste of resources There are the unemployed who are calmed with money by social care , when all the economy wants the government to do is taking care of those peoples ability to buy their products Those problems exist, they are facts The queation is if you want to believe Hitler when he ascribes them to jewish or communistic conspiracies, or if you actually want to use your sanity But that s entirely up to you, reader I suggest you go and see for yourself what you think about this Hitler Maybe, just maybe, it helps you to grasp the feeling of just how dangerous that man was.
Before I forget it, let s quickly look at the second question I have quoted above 02 Is the author a Nazi Judging by interviews with Vermes, I d say No He deliberately wrote this as a satire, to show the dangers of Hitlers thoughts and the ignorance towards those coming from anyone else than Hitler himself Or just the one who s regarded as someone else.
But, of course, people can lie So, what does the book say Hey, book, is your author a Nazi BookAre you fucking kidding me Sorry, book, I just had to.
With all I have stated above, does anyone really think it s possible that the author of this particular book is a Nazi Can you really think that someone who shows how Hitler would be very willing to exterminate at least a few millions of our fellow citizens who are of foreign descent, that someone who warns us to be careful for our fellow human beings, all of our fellow human beings, that someone like this is a Nazi Yes Well, then I can t help you and you should really check in with your doctor just to be sure Because facts are facts and some things are so obvious facts that it s very bothersome to not be able to see those.
Well, I think I m kind of done here If it so happens that I want to add anything, I ll put a note at the top of the review that informs you of any changes that have been made If anyone wants to add a comment Feel free to do so, I d love to hear other thoughts on this book and my review.
And just because I can t resist Die Krankenschwester kommt herein Ich wollte nur kurz nach dem Rechten sehen Hitler Dem geht s gut And in English Free translation by myself, so sorry if it s not so funny as the original Nurse enters the toom I just wanted to look if everything s allright Hitler Yes, I m all right
Wahnsinn, ein grenzgeniales Buch, das dem Autor Timur Vermes hier gelungen ist Adolf Hitler erwacht im Jahr 2011, versucht sich mit unserer Welt anzufreunden bzw durchzuschlagen und das auch noch mit Erfolg Er wird sofort entdeckt und Medienstar In dieser Konstellation buhlt die Satire nicht mit einer Schenkelklopf Mentalit t um billige Lacher, was sehr einfach w re Im Gegenteil Herr Hitler analysiert zus tzlich zur Assimilationskomik brilliant wie ein ethnologischer Feldforscher unsere heutige Welt Ein bisschen hat mich der Stil an Das Fest des Huhnes Film Walter Wippersberg oder Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit Herbert Rosendorfer erinnert Diese permanente Bewertung unserer Gesellschaft auf Basis von Hitlers Pers nlichkeit und seiner verqueren Naziideologie entlarvt sowohl unsere Zeit als auch die Vergangenheit und ist so konsequent, detailgetreu und genial durchgezogen, dass es eine helle Freude ist Am Anfang hatte ich noch st ndig diese ch bin wieder da Nazistimme von Walter Moers in meinem Ohr, wenn der Herr Hitler ber unsere Welt philosophierte und dann pl tzlich, das ist das eigentlich total perfide in diesem Buch, musste ich ihm in einigen Argumenten auch noch Recht geben Da wird das Grinsen, das einem bef llt, von Sch ttelfrost begleitet Klar ist nicht alles gut in unserer Welt, da kann auch der Herr Adolf mal einen Treffer landen, aber wenn er an den Grundfesten unserer Demokratie r ttelt, dort noch einen Finger in die Wunde legen kann, und auch noch irgendwie recht hat, dann beginnts mich wirklich zu gruseln Beispiel gef llig Der eigentliche Fehler unserer demokratischen Entscheidungen ist, dass keiner mehr die Verantwortung bernimmt Bei ihm h tte es sowas nicht gegeben Wenn Sie morgen in die Resttschechei einmarschieren, wissen Sie, das war der F hrer Der Schluss des Buches l sst vermuten, dass der Weg f r eine Fortsetzung offenbleibt und diese Drohung wird durch einen genialen letzten Satz untermauert Fazit Unbedingt lesen Nachtrag Selten hat mir eine Einbandgestaltung derart gut gefallen Sehr gut gemacht.
I read an excerpt of this book and I talked at length with someone who has read half of it before tossing it with disgust.
This book may read funny , but to make a somewhat likable comic figure of the most cruel mass murderer the 20th century has seen is not only tasteless but dangerous.
Shame on anyone who writes a positive review on this book Shame on anyone who buys this book or asks for this book at the library Shame on anyone who supports the author and the publisher of this book with a single dime.
I am asking anyone who has a single brain cell left Are 70 million dead in WWII 6 million of them Jews who died in the Holocaust reason to make fun of And I am not even talking about those who have lost loved ones, their health, and or all they ever owned The murderer of all these people is not a comic figure.
Learning that this book has become a bestseller in Germany makes me ashamed of being German PLEASE NOTE This review was also posted on , in October 2013 rejected it, stating that it did not meet s regulations and guidelines When I asked which changes were required to make this review meet regulations and guidelines, replied after one week, apologizing and saying that the rejection had been a mistake , then, published this review without changes However, in spring 2014, when the English version of the book came on the market, removed my review without notifying me I have, so far, refrained from writing and posting a castrated version of my review UPDATE, Dec 19, 2014 I have just posted an entirely new 1 star review on I will see tomorrow whether or not has accepted it.
UPDATE, Dec 20, 2014 My review on went live today It reads as follows 1.
0 out of 5 stars 70 million dead are soooooo funny , Come to think of it, my 1 star review of the book which took down when the English version of the book came out has, indeed, overlooked some of the book s merits How obtuse must I have been to overlook how the younger generations of the stupid masses could benefit from this book This book can teach them a lot So, for instance 1 Hitler is not a scary fairy tale figure He has really existed This is important to know, particularly, since it has been doubted, even denied, that the Holocaust ever happened From there, it would be only one step to assume that Hitler hadn t existed either 2 Hitler was not an alien He was human that s what so many reviewers of the book have concluded after reading the book Besides, there is documented proof that Hitler was born to a no, not a virgin, but to an earthly woman 3 Hitler was not a monster that s again what so many reviewers of the book have pointed out And I can confirm that Hitler had two arms and two legs, and even some kind of a head he didn t have horns, nor did he spit fire, and he didn t even have an equine club foot Thus, Hitler was lucky Because had he been deformed in any way, he might have felt compelled to have himself euthanized 4 Hitler was somewhat likable at least, that s what so many reviewers took from this book Well, I don t quite understand why anyone in his right mind might want to portray a mass murderer of unimaginable dimensions likable Yet, it says in the bible to love thee neighbor And since, after WWII, with about 70 mio people dead let s forget about the questionable Holocaust, which many of the readers of the book might not believe in , most readers would find it somewhat difficult to outright love Hitler, the author might have wanted to compromise and portray Hitler as, at least, likable Either that, or maybe, the author did not think of the bible at all but rather of the average intelligence of his potential readers and of his bank account For commercial reasons, it is always advisable to have a likable protagonist, one that readers can relate to 5 Contemporary German politicians are stupid Yet in order to learn this true fact, readers could have saved themselves the expense for this book Some might have already known, and those who didn t, I could have told for free And not only GERMAN politicians are stupid, politicians of other countries well, never mind this is off topic 6 Celebrities are not always what the public thinks they are Good to know Yet this knowledge could also easily be obtained otherwise 7 It is o.
k to turn each and every mass murderer into a comic figure Having people shot, blown up, hanged, or gassed is soooooo funny Besides, humor is the best weapon for stopping evil tyrants This is how Hitler and Stalin were stopped from murdering many millions of people Wait a moment I got a little confused here Allow me At age 75, I am entitled to a little brain fog So forget it Hitler and Stalin WEREN T stopped, but they might have been stopped had people been able to read Timur Vermes s book Or maybe not Never mind Anyway, it is o.
k to write a humorous book about every evil murderer 8 It is possible to make a fortune writing funny books about evil mass murderers While not every wannabe bestseller author may be successful with such a book, it is, at least, worth a try Advice to fledgling authors Don t start with a big mass murderer like Hitler or Stalin, start small with a serial killer or a school shooter, with no less than 12 and no than 50 victims If this works out, you can always advance to bigger book projects, such as making an avuncular, likable protagonist out of Saddam Hussain or Nero Nero, I said, not Nehru, stupid 9 People can return from beyond Yet here, I have to admit that it was a disadvantage not to have read the whole book I don t know how it explained how Hitler managed to perform this task But I am sure that the smartest of the not so smart readers will have figured out a way how this could be done, even though as I have heard the author did not bother to elaborate 10 Some optimistic reviewers have suggested that this book might induce so far uneducated and ignorant readers to follow up with advanced reading And this may be true Mein Kampf is available here on and has huge numbers of wonderful reviews, just as Er ist wieder da.
However, for those with somewhat elevated brain function, I would recommend a few other books instead of the above mentioned For instance Hitler The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuehrer, by Ernst Hanfstaengl Berlin Diary , by William Shirer Survival in Auschwitz , by Primo Levi The Reawakening , by Primo Levi Still Alive A Holocaust Childhood Remembered , by Ruth KluegerAnd if something humorous is desired, by all means, look for a different topic Note for those who are a bit slow on the uptake If this review confuses you, please look up the words satire , sarcasm , and irony.
But as the book goes on, you realise what Vermes is doing You ve started to like Hitler He s a 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 unquestioned 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 replies Es 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 kein 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 keine weiteren Mitglieder mehr aufgenommen wurden Es h tten 1934 auch acht Millionen, zw lf Millionen sein k 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 keine Schweinetat, sondern der Wille eines Volkes Today 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 Consequently, 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.