The Great Kalanag

How Hitler's magician made the past disappear and won over the world

Original Title: Der große Kalanag

Hardcover with jacket, 480 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60054-1
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: March 22, 2021
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Malte  Herwig - The Great Kalanag


The fascinating life of the most famous magician of the post-war period

He was the biggest star of the young German republic. After the war, he forged an international career as a magician. Helmut Schreiber, a.k.a. Kalanag, was famous for his complex, brilliant, exotic and breathtaking shows. But his biggest trick was to make his shady past during the Nazi dictatorship vanish into thin air. As a film producer and president of the Magic Circle, he enjoyed a close relationship with some of the biggest names in Nazi Germany, from Hitler to Goebbels, serviced the Nazi cause, produced the only anti-Semitic musical of the time, and secured the collaboration of German magicians.

Using extensive archive research and interviews, Malte Herwig tells the story of the torturous life of the man who embodied the contradictions of wartime and post-war Germany like no other.

"That Herwig has braved a much-needed biography of Kalanag is cause for celebration."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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