Is it okay to laugh at Hitler? What about the Holocaust? While Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks famously satirized the image of the “ridiculous Führer”, Hitler jokes are by no means a post-war invention. In Dead Funny filmmaker and author Rudolph Herzog (son of Werner) shows that Germans, both oppressed and oppressors, used comedy to deal with the reality of living – and dying – under The Third Reich. Herzog pushes back against the argument that people were unaware of Hitler’s demonic maneuvering. The truth is more troubling: Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally and failed to act.