Summary and Analysis Part 5: The Whistler: The Losers


Victor Chemmel’s character represents the qualities for which Adolf Hitler stands, qualities that Hitler perpetuates and encourages, a greediness that cannot be satiated. He follows Hitler’s example of using cruelty and instilling fear in others in order to get what he wants. The other boys in the gang are either too afraid to speak up against Victor, or they share his mindset.

The sad state of the apple trees reflects the current situation on Himmel Street — the hunger, poverty, fear, and tension that exists under Hitler’s rule.