Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Religious Studies

Reader 1

Oona Eisenstadt

Reader 2

Gary Gilbert

Reader 3

Andrew Jacobs

Rights Information

© 2018 Anyi Wong-Lifton


Manga masterpiece Message to Adolf’s fictional narrative intertwines the Holocaust, romance, espionage, and friendship in its international World War II-focused narrative. Using theory on nationalism and Japanese memories of WWII, this thesis argues the violence the characters initiate and suffer blurs lines between perpetrator, hero, and victim to critique the power of nationalism. Its message concerning the danger of nationalism is as applicable for global audiences now as when it was published in 1985.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.