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Read Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany Book by Rudolph Herzog

Read Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany Book by Rudolph Herzog

Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler This is a question that is often debated in Germany today, where, in light of the dimension of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people have difficulty taking a satiric look at the Third Reich And whenever some do, accusations arise that they are d In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler This is a question that is often debated in Germany today, where, in light of the dimension of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people have difficulty taking a satiric look at the Third Reich And whenever some do, accusations arise that they are downplaying or trivializing the Holocaust But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog shows that the image of the ridiculous F hrer was by no means a post war invention In the early years of Nazi rule many Germans poked fun at Hitler and other high officials It s a fascinating and frightening history from the suppression of the anti Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, to jokes about Hitler and the Nazis told during WWII, to the collections of whispered jokes that were published in the immediate aftermath of the war, to the horrific accounts of Germans who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazis Significantly, the jokes collected here also show that not all Germans were hypnotized by Nazi propaganda or unaware of Hitler s concentration camps, which were also the subject of jokes during the war In collecting these quips, Herzog pushes back against the argument, advanced in aftermath of World War II, that people were unaware of Hitler s demonic maneuvering The truth, Herzog writes, is troubling Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally and failed to act

Title : Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany
Author :  Rudolph Herzog
Language : English
Isbn : 1935554301
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 256 pages

Rating: 4.1

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