The issue of duplicity both during and after World War II manifests itself in many forms in Hunters. The most glaring example of this is the man posing as Meyer. He was involved in torturing Ruth, the woman he later befriends while posing as her long lost love, whom he actually killed. This is outrageous, but history is filled with horror stories as Hunters head home. Although Meyer is not based on any specific historical figure, the endless betrayals endured by the Jewish people during the existence of the Nazi regime are beyond appalling, with many people being forced to recognize that they are friends, neighbors and family members, who they thought they could trust were the ones who sold them out.
Meyer’s story is mirrored in that of Hitler, who is sentenced to life imprisonment after his trial, where he is completely forgotten. This might seem like an outlandish choice to anyone who expected a satisfyingly bloody conclusion to the bad man who ruined and ended so many lives, but for a person so greedy for attention and validation of their ideology, what more fitting punishment is there considered to be forgotten? While many of his commanders were tried and executed during the Nuremberg Trials, Hitler himself died comparatively peacefully by suicide. Bringing him back and giving him an appropriately pathetic ending while screaming, “Don’t you know who I am?” forces him to endure what, for a man like Hitler, is a fate worse than death.