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

By Rudolph Herzog

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes approximately Hitler may possibly get you killed.

Is it permissible to snort at Hitler? this can be a query that's usually debated in Germany this day, the place, in mild of the measurement of the horrors devoted within the identify of its voters, many of us have trouble taking a satiric examine the 3rd Reich. And at any time when a few do, accusations come up that they're downplaying or trivializing the Holocaust. yet there's a lengthy background of jokes concerning the Nazis.

In this groundbreaking quantity, Rudolph Herzog exhibits that just like the “ridiculous Führer” was once not at all a post-war invention: within the early years of Nazi rule many Germans poked enjoyable at Hitler and different excessive officers. It’s a desirable and scary heritage: from the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the Nineteen Thirties, to jokes approximately Hitler and the Nazis instructed in the course of WWII, to the collections of “whispered jokes” that have been released within the speedy aftermath of the struggle, to the bad debts of Germans who have been imprisoned and completed for telling jokes approximately Hitler and different Nazis.

Significantly, the jokes gathered the following additionally convey that now not all Germans have been hypnotized by way of Nazi propaganda—or ignorant of Hitler’s focus camps, that have been additionally the topic of jokes throughout the battle. In accumulating those quips, Herzog pushes again opposed to the argument, complicated in aftermath of global warfare II, that folks have been ignorant of Hitler’s demonic maneuvering. the reality, Herzog writes, is extra troubling: Germans knew a lot in regards to the activities in their govt, joked approximately it sometimes . . . and did not act.

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Qxd:ELI 180 US Coast Guard 8/1/10 11:23 Page 29 The crew of U-175 were extraordinarily lucky, in that all 41 men were picked up safely from the calm, daylight sea; most actions took place at night, and anyway a lost U-boat normally took all hands to the bottom. This survivor was identified as a petty officer, Obersteurmann Helmut Klotzch. (USCG Historian’s Office) and soon the Bibb and Ingham departed Iceland and headed out to sea in support. The heavy seas continued to disperse the convoy; even with the escort reinforced, seven of the stragglers were sunk by U-boats, and six more while within the convoy.

In July the US Navy increased their bombardment of Kiska, delivering 2,793 shells on 22 July in conjunction with ongoing aerial attacks. After the tough fighting on Attu the E SEA DUTY, 1942–44 1: USCG SEAMAN; FOUL-WEATHER GEAR, NORTH ATLANTIC A wartime instruction for seamen stated that “There are three layers of clothing involved in protecting yourself from winter cold. ” The seaman illustrated here is wearing a fur-lined N-1 parka over his bib-fronted padded coveralls – both in shades of olive drab - and black cloth-and-rubber overboots with metal clips; he would normally wear a knitted wool cap under his hood.

His aviator wings are in silver instead of officer’s gold; for detail of his cap emblem, see Plate H1. 4: USCG PETTY OFFICER 2nd CLASS; UNIT 26, COAST GUARD CONSTRUCTION DETACHMENT This seaman from a Coast Guard Construction Detachment has been issued the olive-drab herringbone twill fatigue uniform commonly worn in the United States Marine Corps, and brown field shoes (he would also wear round Navy/Marine-type “dog tags”). His 2nd Class rating patch with the emblem of the Electrical Branch is worn on his right sleeve.

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