The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture
The Hitler Salute:
On the Meaning of a Gesture
by Tilman Allert
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It’s hard not to wonder whether anyone back in the mid-1980s—when Don DeLillo was busy crafting White Noise’s Jack Gladney, the wily chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill—could have anticipated that an entire book on the subject of the Hitler salute would someday be published. And yet even a casual visit to the book exhibition at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association, where a small army of swastikas can be found goose-stepping across dust jackets as if choreographed for Mel Brooks’s “Springtime for Hitler,” would have suggested that it was far from unimaginable. Indeed, the natural counterpart to the oft-used, darkly ironic quip “there’s no business like Shoah business” is that nothing sells quite like the Nazis.
Tilman Allert’s slim, understated book, however, has no part in that
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