Message To Adolf, Part 2 by Osamu TezukaMessage To Adolf, Part 2 by Osamu Tezuka

Message To Adolf, Part 2

byOsamu Tezuka

Hardcover | December 18, 2012

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In part two of Message to Adolf, with World War II escalating things have become quite heated for the Adolfs. Adolf Kaufman is now enrolled in a Hitler Youth Academy. While there he quickly is taught to distinguish between races and religions. He would eventually hand out stars of David to Jews in his community. His work, some of which would be physically difficult, would lead to a visit with the Führer. Unfortunately as young Kaufman would reach such heights, he like Kamil and Tohge before him would find out that Hitler may have a very heavy secret he is hiding.
Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings ...
Title:Message To Adolf, Part 2Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 8.29 × 6.39 × 2.13 inPublished:December 18, 2012Publisher:Kodansha USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1935654446

ISBN - 13:9781935654445

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manga can be literature The best literature serves to open your eyes to something new, to reveal something you haven’t seen before. Books that meet this test are few and far between — and Message to Adolf by manga master Osamu Tezuka is firmly one of them. (This review is of both volumes together) It’s all the more surprising through Western eyes because we just don’t expect to come across idea shaking literature in graphic form — manga, comic, or graphic novel. Message to Adolf shows we probably should. Note - I am reviewing the two volumes of this work here as a single book. It’s an approach I like to take with manga series as they feel like a complete whole to me - whether it is two or 20 volumes. So often the story of Hitler and the Jews has been played out in a European context -- here it is fascinating to see it played out against a Japanese backdrop. Message to Adolf brings together a number of story lines in a compelling tale of race, cultures, and war in a way I had never considered before. Part of the genus is the blurring of race lines — with each of the three Adolfs of the book: 1. half-Jewish half-Japanese Adolf Kaufmann who ends up following his German blood into the Hitler youth 2. Ashkenazi Jew living in Japan Adolf Kamil who considers himself to be Japanese - and his wartime struggles 3. The rise of German dictator Adolf Hitler. What’s clear from all three stories is that race can be twisted and warped until it destroys us and those around us. Also it is interesting to see a little bit about Jewish life in Japan during the war - something I knew nothing of before these books.
Date published: 2017-09-02

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 1986 Kodansha Manga Award for Best Manga "Adolf is one of Japan's greatest manga epics... The perfect choice for those who don't normally read manga. There's humor here, but also monstrous acts that defy comprehension. Adolf is an emotional and complex work that proves once again that comic books can be equal to any great literary novel. Whether you love manga, super hero books or personal tales, Adolf is one series you must read." -"Clocking in at 648 pages, “Message to Adolf” begins in modern times, quickly jumps to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and moves through World War II. It chronicles the fate of three men with the same first name: Adolf Kamil, a Jewish boy; Adolf Kaufmann, the young boy with a German father and a Japanese mother who befriends him; and Adolf Hitler...The book has a sprawling cast, and the relationship between the two young boys and their struggle to remain friends is touching." - NY Times