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I Sleep in Hitler's Room: An American Jew Visits Germany Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"Asking questions nobody else does, either because they are too improper, awkward, embarrassing or explosive, is the definition of courage -- and this book is a 'kamikaze' ride of discovery into Germany's national character."
"Hugely entertaining, terribly funny. A tremendous book."
"Clear, pure, unfiltered truth."
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"Hugely entertaining, terribly funny. A tremendous book." -National Review
"A stunner!" -WABC
"Clear, pure, unfiltered truth." -Jüdische Allgemeine
"Michael Moore and 'Borat' in one." Die Welt
"Very funny, but also very sad." Cicero
"Exposes the roots of anti-Semitism with biting humor." -Report
"Rare wit. I couldn't put it down." -Winnipeg Jewish Review
"Asking questions nobody else does, either because they are too improper, awkward, embarrassing or explosive, is the definition of courage -- and this book is a 'kamikaze' ride of discovery into Germany's national character." -Die Zeit
"Congratulations on exposing the myth that German anti-Semitism is a thing of the past." -Rabbi Marvin Hier (Founder & Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center)
"Courageous, funny, outrageously absurd." -Der Spiegel
"Satirical and sharp." -Yedioth Ahronoth
"Candid and unsettling." -Forward
"Tenenbom is a world champion." -Mittledeutsche Zeitung
"Tuvia Tenenbom comes off as a Jewish Hunter S Thompson, describing cringing encounters in Germany that strip away the veneer of sanity from his subjects . . . Every encounter with an interview subject is an experimental drama, redolent sometimes of Pinter or Beckett, more often of Brecht or the Marx Brothers . . . To understand Germans, one has to learn their language and live with them - or read Tenenbom's book." -Asia Times
"An Alarming account of anti-Semitism." -Haaretz
"Tenenbom's reportage of Germany is straightforward and readily formulated, mixed with a gentle despair and jibes, in addition to a good measure of self irony. Yet despite of the darkness Tenenbom encounters, and which he explores, this book is quite entertaining." -Spiegel Online
"It's a book in a category all its own--deeply sobering, depressing even, in its observations of the darker side of Germany, yet at the same time so chatty and engaging and laugh-out-loud funny that it's hard to put down. Tenenbom is an acute observer of his fellowman, but also a born entertainer, a comedian, who approaches his interview subjects--of whom there are dozens, ranging from leading political and cultural figures to folks he runs into on the street--as a combination inquisitor and tummler . . . A stunning account . . . Tenenbom is brilliant." -PJ Media
"The book is a gem. Even when the content is hard and harsh, it is still very entertaining and very funny. Cynical and ironic commentaries, crystal clear argumentation and ingenious observations give the book a light tone. It's enviable that Tenenbom succeeds again and again to pair the most atrocious monstrosities with just a mild mockery. He asks his interviewees simple questions, which they answer by revealing their exasperating world views. When reading these passages, despite of Tenenbom's humor, one feels the urge to bite into one's desk with pain, shame and rage. Tenenbom's finding of anti-Semitism is hard stuff indeed, but thanks to his populist style he can reach a readership that up to now had no access to this material." -Jungle World
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It's too bad, because much of what he captures in his Gonzo/Borat style is very true and very important. I will here repeat the wisdom that anti-Israeli attitudes are not of themselves anti-Semitic--but when I first came here and heard German opinions about Israel, my first thought was, "These people don't know any Jews." All of us know that the situation there is complex, but I have consistently experienced a strong sympathy for the Palestinian people and very little sympathy for the Jews who live in Israel and the constant threat they live with.
Also, he really gets at the dilemma of having a large Islamic minority living in a Western democracy. Although there are strong anti-Turkish attitudes among German people, the politically correct Germans bend over backwards to be tolerant--which winds up indirectly supporting fierce Islamic anti-Semitism. Tenenbom exposes this contradiction graphically.
Of course, as others have pointed out, both phenomena, anti-Israeli attitudes and large Islamic minorities, are common to every Western European country, and may be even more problematic in the UK and France than in Germany.Read more ›
First of all, please forgive me: My english is for sure not the best, as I am not a native english-speaker. I am from germany.
There is one thing you need to know: I am 38 years old. The storys of war - I only know them from my teachers, my grandpa (who is dead now), the books, and the cinema. "Schindler's list": a masterpiece. When I was a teen, I saw it with my class in cinema. And I had tears in my eyes. I wished them from my eyes, so that the other boys could't see them. Well, I am sure that one or another boy also shared one.
When first I heard of this book, I was really curious about it.
Now, I am really disappointed. And it makes me sad - when reading all these comments here - that there are people who really think that the typical german is antisemitic. The author has spoken with a few people, and he makes conclusions which seem to me very, very strange.
In reality, most people in germany really do not care if you are a jew or not. It simply does not interest them. In germany, you normally will never be asked if you are a jew. It does not matter. It matters, what kind of person you are, and your religion or your ethnic background is of no importance. I will not say that this is generally so. There are still people who share prejeduces. But they are everywhere. In every land. In germany, in the USA, as well as in Israel. Tenenbom also seems to be full of prejeduces. And it seems to me that he made his travel only for one purpuse: to confirm them.
It is true: Most germans do not agree with the politic of Israel. Does that make them antisemitic? I think: no. Because it's a political criticism, not one borne out of prejeduce against a religious or ethnic background.Read more ›
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It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but it will also make you think. Trivia is an intellectual Borat that extracts stunning confessions from Germans.Published 15 days ago by A Frenchy in NYC
Tuvia Tenenbom shows how the typical German is obsessed with the policies Israel, but with no other country. That's what makes most Germans anti-Semitic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natan Avram
Fantastic read!! Very insightful and informative. Author has done an excellent job of bringing the truth to the light.Published 3 months ago by Lokey
The desire and hope in Tuvia keep trying to find a beautiful land inhabited by beautiful souls. He looks at it all with gallows humor and a genuine love of people. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James