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Der Untertan characters ß 104 F the corrupt society in which he moves; his brutish progression through life forms the central theme of the bo. So one of my guilty secrets is that I like the work of Heinrich Mann far better than that of his successful Nobel winning brother OK I ll make an exception for Death in Venice but doesn t it seem that everything else that Thomas Mann ever wrote Buddenbrooks Der Zauberberg the dreadful Felix Krull would have benefited tremendously by having its length cut in half Chancers the corrupt society in which he moves; his brutish progression This Census Taker through life forms This Census Taker the central Spider Man 2 theme of Spider Man 2 the bo. So one of my guilty secrets is Bread Butter that I like Baby's Christmas the work of Heinrich Mann far better A Killer Workout A Fat City Mystery than A Killer Workout A Fat City Mystery t it seem Straight Man that everything else Snow Glass Apples that Thomas Mann ever wrote Buddenbrooks Der Zauberberg The Hannibal Lecter Collection the dreadful Felix Krull would have benefited After The Rain tremendously by having its length cut in half

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Der Untertan characters ß 104 Nst the joint elevation of militarism and commercial values The Man of Straw is Diederich Hessling embodiment o. review of Heinrich Mann s Little Superman by tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE January 9 2012 I learned about this author in the course of research for my movie Robopaths I learned that his bks were burned by the nazis so I decided to read something by him to check out any movies that might ve been based on any bks by him This lead me to taking Little Superman out from the library as well as the movie The Kaiser s Lackey as well as to my buying a used copy of the novel Man of Straw Lo Behold they re all the same thing As Andrew Donson Assistant Professor of History and German Scandinavian Studies the University of Massachusetts Amherst explains in the Interpreting The Kaiser s Lackey extra on the movie s DVD version The English title of this film is not a literal translation of the German one Der Untertan which is a difficult word to translate It literally means The Subject as in The Subject of the King but in current turn of the century discourse the untertan has also an authoritarian connotation Various translators have rendered the title as The Patrioteer Little Superman Man of Straw The Loyal Subject An awkward but perhaps accurate translation of the title would be The Servile Chauvinist Underling The title of this film the same title as Heinrich Mann s 1914 novel on which it s based captures the main theme Diederich the story s central character is on the one hand a tyrant who lords over other untertanen On the other hand he often finds himself in situations where he is the untertan where others exercise their will over him The essence and the humor of the film is that Diederich is happy in both situations The narrative of the film shows how the institutions that shape Diederich s life family school university brotherhood army workplace and government produce and regulate this authoritarian mentality As a sidenote for bibliophiles the Penguin edition 1984 that I have Man of Straw gives no credit to a translator yet it appears to be the exact same translation as the library edition that I read Little Superman published by Creative Age Press Inc 1947 I suspect some shenanigans intrigue in the omission of the translator s name in the Penguin edition so I include it here Ernest Boyd As soon as I started reading this bk I found the central character insufferable He embodies everything that I detest hypocrisy social climbing spinelessness abusiveness fraudulence etc He is indeed a Servile Chauvinist Underling as Donson puts it I was about 13rd of the way thru the bk when I watched the movie learned that this was meant to be satire I suppose it shd ve been obvious to me that it was intended to be satire all along but it seemed entirely too realistic to really be caricature as the back cover of Man of Straw states Heinrich Mann brother of Thomas was imprisoned for his radical and outspoken views and spent a long exile from the country at which he aimed his bitter satire that s no laughing matter Mann was condemned in Nazi Germany for writing Un German works or some such but I don t think that the hypocrisy opportunistic cowardice that he so thoroughly portrays is intrinsically German It may ve reached a particular nationalistic fervor in Germany but it was hardly confined to there In fact Mann s parody of upper middle class Germany isn t so far off from the lower middle class Balti that I grew up in I m reminded of a photographer that I once knew He incessantly ridiculed me for valuing anything other than money However once he started realizing that my willful rejection of the values that he represented was earning me some respect from others he tried to sleaze up to me by asking me to pose for him as a photographer s model I refused Mann s novel is such a thorough look at the completely unscrupulous machinations of his main character that I can only conclude that Mann himself must ve been surrounded by such contemptible behavior Diederich is constantly betraying groveling ass kissing terrorizing wchever seems appropriate to his social position in relation to who he s dealing w Mann depicts this utterly brilliantly Diederich is constantly engaged in some sort of fraudulent dealings that he trembles at the thought of getting caught out at blusteringly camouflages under cover of patriotic bullshit The library copy that I read has one section underlined in ink that expresses Diederich s philosophy in the mouth of one of his cronies uite nicely Democracy is the philosophy of the half educated said the apothecary It has been defeated by science Some one shouted Hear Hear It was the druggist who wished to associate with him There will always be masters and men asserted Gottlieb Hornung for it is the same in nature It is the one great truth for each of us must have a superior to fear and an inferior to frighten What would become of us otherwise If every nonentity believes that he is somebody and that we are all eual Unhappy the nation whose traditional and honorable social forms are broken up by the solvent of democracy and which allows the disintegrating standpoint of personality to get the upper hand Two pages later the same underliner highlighted part of this passage Diederich raised himself on his toes Gentlemen he shouted carried away on the tide of national emotion the Emperor William Monument shall be a mark of reverence for the noble grandfather whom we all I think I may say worship almost as a saint and also a pledge to the noble nephew our magnificent young Emperor that we shall ever remain as we are pure liberty loving truthful brave and true The underliner not the untertan emphasizes Diederich s claim of being pure liberty loving truthful brave and true w an exclamation mark next to it presumably bc these are all ualities wch Diederich is completely lacking in Earlier I mention Diederich s philosophy but that s misleading In order to have a philosophy one probably has to have a mind capable of formulating a justified position to adhere to Diederich lacks even that he simply takes the most cowardly dishonest path of least resistance changes his political allegiances to kowtow to whoever he s most afraid of at the time In the East German film version a scene that exemplifies the preposterous bravuro posturing that Diederich his kind rely on for image building bullying is the duel The scene is also in the bk but I found it compelling in the movie It s common for men in Diederich s class to initiate duels w each other in order to simulate bravery Under the most ridiculous pretexts Sir You were looking at me that sort of thing men challenge each other as if their honor can bear no insult But as w cowards bullies the world over it s all just pretense They know they re not taking any risks whatsoever As w generals who send soldiers to the slaughter it s the soldiers who get senselessly killed while the generals safe elsewhere get the medals other social rewards These duels consist of nothing than 2 men heavily padded w one arm behind their back fighting w swords until one of them scratches the other on the face Even their eyes are heavily protected w goggles As soon as Diederich is scratched on the cheek he gets his scar that proves his bravery even though there s no risk of serious injury Diederich then uses the scar as a badge of honor It s all completely ridiculous After Diederich unsuccessfully humiliatingly attempts to get Lieutenant von Brietzen to not leave Diederich s dishonored sister in the lurch he s walking on the streets Suddenly he noticed that the gardens were still full of perfume and twittering beneath the spring skies and it became clear to him that Nature itself whether she smiled or snarled was powerless before Authority the authority above us which is uite impregnable It was easy to threaten revolution but what about the Emperor William Monument Wulckow and Gausenfeld Whoever trampled others from under foot must be prepared to be walked on that was the iron law of might After his attack of resistance Diederich again felt the secret thrill of the man who is trampled upon A cab came along from behind Herr van Brietzen and his trunk Before he knew what he was doing Diederich faced about ready to salute In one of the very rare moments where Diederich somewhat introspectively criticizes the worldview that he otherwise takes for granted Diederich sees his now dishonored sister Emma in a new light The lieutenant who had caused all this lost notably in comparison and so did the Power in whose name he had triumphed Diederich discovered that Power could sometimes present a common and vulgar appearance Power and everything that went with it success honour loyalty he looked at Emma and was forced to uestion the value of what he had attained or was still striving for Guste and her money the monument the favour of the authorities Gausenfeld distinctions and high office Indeed Alas this critical introspection doesn t last long I noted earlier that these characteristics were hardly confined to Germans As Diederich bullies his employees he tells them But I forbid socialistic agitation In the future you can vote as I tell you or leave Diederich also said that he was determined to curb irreligion He would note every Sunday who went to church and who did not So long as the world is unredeemed from sin there will be war and hatred envy and discord Therefore there must be one master This reminds me of Henry Ford There s an excellent documentary about Ford called Demon Rum in wch some important points about the ironies of Ford s moralism are highlighted particularly the way in wch his moralism helped create a subculture of thugs that he then used to suppress unions In the Wikipedia bio of Ford we find this The profit sharing was offered to employees who had worked at the company for six months or and importantly conducted their lives in a manner of which Ford s Social Department approved They frowned on heavy drinking gambling and what might today be called deadbeat dads The Social Department used 50 investigators plus support staff to maintain employee standards a large percentage of workers were able to ualify for this profit sharing The Wikipedia entry ualifies this by saying that Ford s incursion into his employees private lives was highly controversial and he soon backed off from the most intrusive aspects Be that as it may Ford s resemblance to Diederich is clear Making it even clearer is that Ford was an anti Semite who rc vd the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi Germany despite Der Untertan s having been written in 1914 about 19th century Germany it s very prescient about Nazi Germany In his speeches Hitler emphasized the unity of classes this despite his refinement of one of the most hierarchical structures the world has ever seen w himself of course as the supreme world dictator the LEADER der F hrer Only His Majesty Diederich answered He aroused the citizen from his slumbers his lofty example has made us what we are As he said this he struck himself on the chest His personality his uniue incomparable personality is so powerful that we can all creep up by it like the clinging ivy he shouted although this was not in the draft he had written In whatever His Majesty the Emperor decides for the good of the German people we will joyfully cooperate without distinction of creed and class Diederich s oratorical shouting is highly reminiscent of Hitler s Diederich is also reminiscent of the nazi SS officer responsible for transporting Jews to the death camps On the subject of Eichmann Hannah Arendt writes in her bk Eichmann in Jersulalem A Report on the Banality of Evil see my review of that here that What he fervently believed in up to the end was success the chief standard of good society as he knew it Typical was his last word on the subject of Hitler whom he and his comrade Sassen had agreed to shirr out of their story Hitler he said may have been wrong all down the line but one thing is beyond dispute the man was able to work his way up from lance corporal in the German Army to F hrer of a people of almost eighty million His success alone proved to me that I should subordinate myself to this man His conscience was indeed set at rest when he saw the zeal and eagerness with which good society everywhere reacted as he did He did not need to close his ears to the voice of conscience as the judgment had it not because he had none but because his conscience spoke with a respectable voice with the voice of respectable society around him just as the nazis partially justified their genocide against the Jews Gypsies Homosexuals Political Opponents as a cleansing of the Volk the body of the Germany people so too is Diederich s behavior summed up nicely in this domestic scene As Diederich lived in fear of his master so Guste had to live in the fear of hers When they entered a room she knew that the right of precedence properly belonged to her husband The children in turn had to treat her with respect and M nne the dachshund had to obey every one At meals therefore the children and the dog had to keep uiet Guste s duty was to discern from the wrinkles upon her husband s brow whether it was advisable to leave him undisturbed or to drive away his cares with chatter Certain dishes were prepared only for the master of the house and when he was in a good humour Diederich would throw a piece across the table and laughing heartily would watch to see who caught it Gretchen Guste or the dog His siesta was often troubled by gastronomical disturbances and Guste s duty then commanded her to put warm poultices on his stomach Groaning and terribly frightened he used to say that he would make his will and appoint a trustee Guste would not be allowed to touch a penny I have worked for my sons not in order that you may amuse yourself after I am gone Guste objected that her own fortune was the foundation of everything but it availed her nothing Of course when Guste had a cold she did not expect that Diederich in his turn would nurse her Then she had to keep as far away from him as possible for Diederich was determined not to have any germs near him He would not go into the factory unless he had antiseptic tablets in his mouth and one night there was a great disturbance because the cook had come down with influenza and had a fever temperature Out of the house with the beastly thing at once Diederich commanded and when she had gone he wandered about the house for a long time spraying it with disinfecting fluids Yes as many of us are taught Cleanliness is next to Godliness but what about those of us who are atheists

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Der Untertan characters ß 104 First published in 1918 Man of Straw is a sharp indictment of the Wilhelmine regime and a chilling warning agai. The Child is father to the Man view spoiler hide spoiler

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