Branched off from the discussion on Dr Müller's nationality
: Harrock n roll wrote: Much has also been made of the fact that in the original Black Gold from 1939 he's a German trying to sabotague British oil interests
That's a great point.
It's quite interesting that the second world war aspect was changed (e.g the 'Tommies' and the Spitfires in the desert) to the Arab controlled Khemed.
This was due to the Petit Vingtième
being closed as Belgium was occupied, and when Hergé re-address the book, I expect changed it due to the sensitivities of post-war Europe.
Therefore the Tintin series sort of sweeps the Second World War under the carpet.
We never ever hear about it, but then in 'The Calculus Affair' we see a book entitled German Research in World War II
This raises a lot of questions...
Would Calculus have inevitably been involved in Einstein's research?
Would he have been involved on the German side?
My brother's wife's grandad was a Czechoslovakian nuclear physicist, and was captured by the Russians, and he worked with the Allies.
If Calculus was the genius who put man into space, surely he would have been involved in one side's research?
The mentioned book belongs to the Italian (Axis) Professor Topolino, so Cuthbert is sharing his work in ultra-sound with an ex-Axis Professor.
Did Cuthbert have a shadowy past? Any suggestions?
Also wasn't Krollspell (Flight 714
) a concentration camp doctor?