Israeli Teenagers Read Nazi Porn. Seriously.

Israel is a sui generis state, and as such it’s not surprising that it was have an entirely unique culture. But even allowing that, this, via Jesse Walker, is just plain bizarre:

In the early 1960s, as Israelis were being exposed for the first time to the shocking testimonies of Holocaust survivors at the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a series of pornographic pocket books called Stalags, based on Nazi themes, became best sellers throughout the land.
Read under the table by a generation of pubescent Israelis, often the children of survivors, the Stalags were named for the World War II prisoner-of-war camps in which they were set. The books told perverse tales of captured American or British pilots being abused by sadistic female SS officers outfitted with whips and boots. The plot usually ended with the male protagonists taking revenge, by raping and killing their tormentors.

With all due respect, this is beyond messed up. These kids were getting off on women representing the people who tortured and killed their relatives. More than that, they’re getting off on those women committing war crimes against their people. I’m usually pretty open-minded about this sort of thing, but if I were an Israeli parent and caught my son looking at one of these books, I would probably flip out.

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