[Ads-l] Nazi Wit and Humor

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 2 22:26:43 UTC 2016

Barry has looked at some analogous dual-color terms: "radish"
communist (first cite 1919) and "watermelon" communist (first cite
circa 1955 GB snippet), "watermelon" environmentalist (first cite

Radish Communist (red on the outside, white on the inside)

Watermelon (green on the outside, red on the inside)

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM, George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu> wrote:
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> I've just finished reading a book about the rise of Hitler.  (I assure you
> that this interest has nothing to do with recent developments in American
> politics.  Surely one or two of you will believe this.)
> Anyway, I know nothing about the author, but he seems to be a scholar and
> certainly reads German, but there is not a word of German quoted in the
> book.  He writes on p. 120:
> Most of the Strasser people were, in fact, anti-Semitic socialists -- what
> the SA men would call "Beefsteak Nazis": brown on the outside and red on
> the inside.
> This expression, if indeed used by Nazis in the mid-1920s, as chronology of
> the book suggests, anticipates the American disparaging expression "Oreo"
> by about 45 years, per HDAS, which dates Oreo to 1969.
> The author does not give the German version.
> The book is Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., *Why Hitler? The Genesis of the Nazi
> Reich*, Westport, Conn & London: PRaeger, 1996.
> --
> George A. Thompson
> The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998..
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