The Little Führer and the tender side of the nazi period | Review


Published on Oct 16, 2017


White and candid as the cover sheet of a newborn baby, the new book by Daniele Fabbri and Stefano Antonucci peeps in the libraries with all the innocence typical of a children's book. Warning: not suitable for people unfamiliar with the satire. Keep out of the reach of children, especially in the presence of Stalin.

Born almost as a joke how to fake advertising within Qvando there was Lvi, the little book is reminiscent in all the classic children's book, The little prince of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. The “small” Hitler and his fox, will accompany us on a journey between the characters with the most bizarre ones that made it to the Führer that we all know. In the introduction, the editor announces to us:

In 1933, Hitler wrote and illustrated a children's book with the aim of propagating national socialism to the German youth. He was a slender volume, entitled ‘the Hitler Youth against lies, stupidity and cowardice’, which Goebbels suggested to rename, for effective propaganda, “Der Kleine Führer”.

This nimble little book you can now have it in our hands, thanks to the work of readjustment of the authors Antonucci & Blacksmiths.

The structure of the various chapters, invokes exactly one of the small literary masterpiece of the French, citing the most famous phrases and riadattandole perfectly to the historical context lived by Adolf Hitler. The book is divided into chapters that illustrate the adventures of the little chancellor between the different planets in the universe, each of them inhabited by a historic character that has marked the political life and private of Hitler. In most cases, the names of the characters are not announced but you can guess from the narration and characterization of the same, in addition to having a visual support thanks to the pictures of Stefano Antonucci.

Among the most typical characters tick in the Italian Light, which will have the task of educating the young Adolf in the use of hand gestures to be able to conquer the audiences. In the illustration that accompanies this chapter mark an item that pays homage to the Master of the cartoon humorous Italian, Benito Jacovitti.
Given the almost total lack of character names, the book may be difficult reading for one who is fasting of the fundamental notions of contemporary history, in particular that of the period between 1925 and the years of the Second World War. To avoid misunderstandings and make it more enjoyable and easy to read, in the last pages, you can find little historical notes that help the reader in the understanding of certain events and/or characters, thus enhancing the historical and cultural baggage on one of the most important periods of History.

The stainless pair of authors who were already known to Jesus – The trilogy and the disputed Qvando there was Lvi, finds its maximum expression in this book. A masterful use of the words of Fabbri makes the reading very light and sliding, making others laugh, and think, exactly like Mom's Satire it wants to. On the other hand, Antonucci complete the freshness of the text with illustrations from the round, soft, coloured with watercolour soft, so sweet to be nice and pleasant the protagonist “rascal known”.

The Little Führer turns out to be a very good product to the library, demonstrating that Antonucci & Blacksmiths are able to use other languages in addition to comics.

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