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Max, as a character, exemplifies the extreme product of Nazi thinking. They believed that the State can create generations of clone like super-beings.
Choosing the perfect Nordic types to parent children, and then rearing them in selected homes and schools for Nazi indoctrination, was the fate of thousands of children. Max is just one of the many. Starting from the very unusual viewpoint of a yet to be born baby, little Max is perfectly happy for his mother to experience extended excruciating pain just so that he can be born on the 20th April, Adolf Hitler's birthday.
It gets deep into the thinking of a people who believed in racial superiority - a people who contrived to produce a system of racial annihilation, which was unprecedented in human history. As the events of the early twentieth century slide further back into history Max is a story capable of alerting future generations to a time and events that must never be forgotten. Don't think about taking it on the beach – it could ruin your holiday.
Trevor V. Thompson