Born a Crime

by

Trevor Noah

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Hitler Character Analysis

One of Trevor and Sizwe’s friends and their crew’s star dancer, whom Trevor compares to “a jellyfish if it could walk on land.” Hitler becomes a local celebrity, although his name gets the group into some trouble when they perform at a private Jewish school in the suburbs. Since South Africans were forced to choose European names for their children in addition to names in their native languages, Trevor explains, many randomly picked the names of strongmen from history (like Hitler and Mussolini) without ever learning the real history behind those names.

Hitler Quotes in Born a Crime

The Born a Crime quotes below are all either spoken by Hitler or refer to Hitler. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Born a Crime published in 2016.
Chapter 15 Quotes

There is also this to consider: The name Hitler does not offend a black South African because Hitler is not the worst thing a black South African can imagine. Every country thinks their history is the most important, and that's especially true in the West. But if black South Africans could go back in time and kill one Person, Cecil Rhodes would come up before Hitler. If people in the Congo could go back in time and kill one person, Belgium's King Leopold would come way before Hitler. If Native Americans could go back in time and kill one person, it would probably be Christopher Columbus or Andrew Jackson.

Related Characters: Trevor Noah (speaker), Sizwe, Hitler
Page Number: 195
Explanation and Analysis:
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Hitler Character Timeline in Born a Crime

The timeline below shows where the character Hitler appears in Born a Crime. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
...mentioned in their music, and the best dancer among their friends is a guy named Hitler. Hitler is incredible, like “a jellyfish if it could walk on land,” and is “incredibly... (full context)
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
The legendary dancer is named Hitler because, since the earliest days of colonial South Africa, black people were forced to take... (full context)
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
Resilience Through Religion, Education, and Humor Theme Icon
The room falls silent as Hitler and the crew start their routine; a teacher unplugs Trevor’s microphone and calls him a... (full context)
Chapter 16
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
One night, a rival crew from Soweto invites Hitler for a dance-off against their best dancer. He loses, and the party dissolves into a... (full context)