Humor in Hitler's Germany

When
Wed Feb 1, 2012
Where
JCCSF Koret Center
Time
7pm
Tags
Literary Arts, City Events
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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.

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  1. JCCSF Koret Center
    3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA