Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

The POD people

The Wikipedia article on The Yiddish Policeman's Badger now contains someone's explanation of how the POD (Anthony Diamond is killed in a car crash so a Jewish refuge is established in Alaska) leads on to the other historical chanes in the book. Or it may have always contained them and I didn't look at the article, I forget.
Anyway, the money shot is "As a result, the Alaska Settlement plan passes, so in this world only two million Jews are murdered in the Holocaust. Due to the reduced industrial effort of the slaughter, Germany is able to crush the Soviet Union in 1942".
I can't say I'm convinced. Not that I'm a big reader of books on WW2 or viewer of Nazi Gold (actually we don't get Nazi Gold on free satellite anyway), but I don't remember ever coming across the theory that the Holocaust consumed a significant proportion of German resources. Citation needed as they say.

I see the Coen brothers are supposedly making a film of it. Obviously I will believe it when it happens. If good books often make bad films, do bad books make good films? Discuss.

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