Message to Adolf, 1
By Osamu Tezuka
Originally serialized in the ’80s in newsmagazine WEEKLY BUNSHUN in the first
such attempt by comics master Osamu Tezuka, the magnum opus from the last
decade of his momentous career returns in two hardcover installments and a new
A graveyard in contemporary Israel has an unlikely visitor. The elderly
gentleman from Japan, a former news correspondent, lays a bouquet of flowers
at the tomb of one Adolf Kamil. For he remembers the tale of three Adolfs: Kamil,
a Jew who grew up in Kobe, Japan, the son of a baker; Kaufmann, only child of a
German consul stationed at that port city and his Japanese wife; and the Fuhrer
with whom the Far Eastern nation made common cause.
A briskly paced political thriller, in this first part MESSAGE TO ADOLF takes
us from the Nazi propaganda victory of the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the ravaging
flames and atrocities of World War II. The disastrous education of Adolf Kaufmann
in the ways and prerogatives of the master race begins.