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Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Daily Ozmapolitan unearthed this story from the Hays (Kansas) Daily Times about a new novel: Adolf Hitler in Oz, by Sam Sackett.
"It is an Oz Book, so it is a children's book, but it isn't for children," Sackett said. "It doesn't have sex or anything in it, but it deals with philosophical themes, political themes and psychological themes. All of this could be completely lost on a kid."

In the book, Hitler rallies portions of the Oz population to his side. After becoming the Reichschancellor of Oogaboo, he turns its people into a military unit. He incorporates the people of Runnymead, who like to run, into his Panzer unit and incorporates the winged monkeys into his Luftwaffe division.

"He has a pretty formidable army for Oz by the time he gets to the Emerald City," Sackett said.
The fictional Hitler’s minions also include Laurel and Hardy.

Is this the work of some juvenile whippersnapper who doesn’t understand Hitler’s symbolic weight (not to mention Laurel and Hardy’s)? Actually, Sackett is a retired professor. His article “The Utopia of Oz,” published in The Georgia Review in 1960, was one of the earliest academic studies of the Oz mythos.

Sackett has built his story on L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, not the MGM movie. He published through Xlibris, so the sample chapter is our best clue to the book’s entertainment value.

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