Hitler as the object of comedy
September 27, 2009 3:15 AM Subscribe
Walter Moers is one of the most prominent cartoonists from Germany. One of his most famous creations is "Das kleine Arschloch" (The little asshole). In 1998, the first comic book with the title "Adolf - Die Nazisau" (Adolf - the Nazi pig) was published. Two more were to follow. To promote the third volume, the video "Ich hock' in meinem Bonker" was made in 2006, showing Hitler sitting in his Führerbunker during the last days of the Second World War, unwilling to surrender to the Allies. Here is the German original. It was also translated into English (I'm sitting in my bunker) and French (J'suis seul dans mon bonker). I find myself trapped in a moral dilemma when watching these videos. On the one hand, I can't help wetting myself because they are incredibly funny. But on the other hand - as a historian AND a German - I can't help but feel that this is VERY wrong. Poking fun at National Socialism in general and those last days of the Second World War in Berlin in particular, where tens of thousands from both sides died the most horrible deaths, is just ... well, gross. I'm looking forward to your comments. Am I being over-sensitive?
This post was deleted for the following reason: this is sort of a GYOB situation. -- jessamyn
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