Humor in Hitler’s Germany

Monday, May 09, 2011

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed. Rudolph Herzog discusses whether it’s permissible to laugh at Hitler, and looks at the long history of jokes about the Nazis and what they reveal. Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany examines the image of the “ridiculous Führer,” the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, and the audible and whispered jokes about Hitler, the Nazis, and their actions during World War II.


Rudolph Herzog

Comments [6]

Leigh from Pareigh from Paris

Maybe you don't travel in the right circles to hear Planned Parenthood jokes. Patton Oswalt has a great bit that takes place there.

Dec. 28 2011 10:03 AM
Odette Gotobed from Milton keynes, England

Henning recommended in his last newsletter that we read Rudolph and I can see why. So nice to hear a human,human being on the radio.

Jun. 17 2011 05:06 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Now that you're getting to humor outside of Germany: Victor Borge (who was Danish) used to ask what the difference was between a Nazi & a dog. The answer: A dog lifts its leg....

May. 09 2011 01:24 PM

Listening to a German tell jokes is always painful, but a German telling jokes about Hitler is the strangest form of irony.

May. 09 2011 01:16 PM
Sheey from JC

Once again a LL show about a Jewish topic.

May. 09 2011 01:01 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The lack of humor is, of course, a bad sign in any situation. I don't hear many jokes, for example, about Planned Parenthood.

May. 09 2011 08:03 AM

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