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ADOLF MEETS DONALD A LAUGH UNTOLD Cue in 3, 2, 1 Gagmez 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 ADOLF MEETS DONALD A LAUGH UNTOLD Cue in 3, 2, 1 Gagmez 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 Trump applause Gagmez Thank you for accepting our invitation, Mr Trump.Donald 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 American.Adolf I apologize I forgot you are of a lesser race, one without manners.Donald Now, listen here Gagmez Okay, okay, let s keep things civil gentlemen Let s stick to the relevant issues at hand Fuhrer, you can begin.Adolf Herr Trump, I have heard you say quite 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 Americans.Adolf 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 arepressing 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 wall Adolf 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 You know 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 keep the Mongols out, but our wall will keep out those Mexicans You have my word Adolf It would please you greatly then, Herr Trump to know that I am an architect It should delight you to know 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 them.Adolf A soiled country through and through, financed by Jews, utterly hopeless There can be no greatness in such a thing.Donald You hate Jews I hate bigots Adolf the irony Gagmez 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 question for the gentlemen.DeLaSean 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 question So here we are Which of your gentlemen s iconic hair is better the Trump toupee or the Hitler moustache Adolf 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 question 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 know 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 product 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 know who has facial hair The person America reveres the most.Donald George Washington doesn t have a moustache Adolf But Jesus Christ does have facial hair, am I right Donald 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 Trump Donald 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 createjobs and better wages for Americans Adolf Shouldn t your priority be the procreation ofpureblooded 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 consequence, but the male are a very important asset of the Fatherland In twenty years time a year s worth of abortions has cost youthan thirty divisions of pureblooded Aryan soldiers A great pity It would surprise you to know that there lays the secret to an impenetrable army impeccable lineage But you are too busy with this Americanism none sense to know better You will never have true Americans without pure lineage.Donald 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 born.Adolf 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 question that he would have been a great dealproficient 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 Americans.Adolf What is an American Donald A Whii ssse and hardworking person whose ancestors are Americans Adolf Were you about to say White or Aryan, Herr Trump Donald 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 questions It s clear you have an agenda I m done here Trump walks out Adolf to Gagmez Is he truly a Presidential candidate I am quite taken aback He is undoubtedly squeamish and a squeamish 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 quite the comedian maybe his campaign is a running joke of sorts Gagmez Fuhrer, you do know that you re a comedian too right 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 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 #FREE î Look Who's Back é SummerBerlin Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of ground, alive and well Things have changed no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman People certainly recognise him, though as a brilliant, satirical impersonator who refuses to break character The unthinkable, the inevitable, happens, and the ranting Hitler takes off, goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own TV show, becomes someone who people listen to All while he s still trying to convince people that yes, it really is him, and yes, he really means itLook Who s Back is a black and brilliant satire of modern media bloated society, seen through the eyes of the F hrer himself Adolf is by turns repellent, sympathetic and hilarious, but always fascinating Look Who s Back is outrageously clever, outrageously funny and outrageously plausible This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 whil 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 thepossible 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 4.5 stars.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 peo 4.5 stars.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, thetraditional 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.Recommended.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 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 nothingFor 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 anyWe 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 feelslike 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 onand 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 muchsubtle, 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 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 twoolder 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 farlikely 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 actuallyrelated 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 Published in English, as Look Who s Back.What 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 se Published in English, as Look Who s Back.What 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, right This book was yet another one, in my continuous quest 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 deal.Though my reviews should definitely be taken as gospel ha , do keep 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 me.Impressions There were quite a few funny episodes which made me laugh out loud, in spite of myself I even laughed with Hitler s character once.Interviewer Do you admire Hitler Hitler Only in the mornings, when I look into the mirror.I 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 background knowledge 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 sequences, which made the book somewhat bearable, though not enough to consider it enjoyable The ending was rather disappointing.Score 2 5 starsI suppose people with better German skills, andin depth knowledge of politics would be closer to the target audience of this book, than me 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 si 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 2013rejected it, stating that it did not meets 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 onI will see tomorrow whether or nothas accepted it.UPDATE, Dec 20, 2014 My review onwent 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 whichtook 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 nothan 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 withadvanced reading And this may be true Mein Kampf is available here onand 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 Do the Germans have the right to find Hitler funny That s the mistaken question 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 himself He does what he does best rapidly grasps a socio political situation and delivers impassioned rants that lead to immediate sta Do the Germans have the right to find Hitler funny That s the mistaken question 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 himself He 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 quite 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 monstrous.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