Rendering of Bernard Madoff pleading guilty in 2009.(Aggie Kenny/Getty Images)

“The German losses are still being toted up, but at last count they stand at $21 billion in the Icelandic banks, $100 billion in Irish banks, $60 billion in various U.S. subprime-backed bonds, and some yet-to-be-determined amount in Greek bonds. The only financial disaster in the last decade German bankers appear to have missed was investing with Bernie Madoff. (Perhaps the only advantage to the German financial system of having no Jews.)”

-Michael Lewis, in his new, excellent travelogue of Germany’s battered economy.