Thursday May 14, 2015
Hilarious Hitler? German satire plays Nazi leader for laughs
Adolf Hitler is alive, living in Berlin, and being embraced as an entertainer. That's the premise of Look Who's Back a newly-translated German novel by Timur Vermes.
The story, which is written from the perspective of the infamous Nazi leader, is a bestseller in Germany. After time travelling to 2011, a confused Hitler is taken for a stubborn and increasingly popular impersonator.
Vermes joins Shad to discuss his satirical story and speak to criticisms of a lighthearted take on the notorious dictator.
Shad also checks in with Gavriel Rosenfeld, author of a nonfiction book called Hi Hitler! -- How the Nazi Past Is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture.
q: Is a German satire about Hitler a positive way to deal with the Nazi past or as the history becomes more distant, is there danger in the desire for humour?