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What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

Buy a Jacket, Remember 6 Million Jews
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Buy a Jacket, Remember 6 Million Jews

By On November 11, 2015

Depending on your taste in humor and your philosophy on Holocaust education, you will either love this or be severely nauseated by it. Nathan Fielder, Canadian Jewish comedian and star of the… Read More

Spa Night Kristallnacht!
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The German Spa Night Called ‘Kristallnacht’

By On November 5, 2015

  History is a tricky thing. We try to treat past horrors with pathos and sensitivity, but we don’t want to suffocate under history’s yoke and have our growth impeded. We want… Read More

Godwin’s Law, or Playing the Nazi Card
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Godwin’s Law, or Playing the Nazi Card

By On September 3, 2015

If you poke around Internet comment sections and message boards long enough, it’s nearly inevitable that an Internet crusader compares someone or something to Nazism. It happens all the time and is… Read More

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Auschwitz’s Awesome New Showers

By On September 1, 2015

This is the kind of story that fully embodies the adage “truth is stranger than fiction.” This past weekend, temperatures in Poland leapt into the 100s. It was hot. So hot, in… Read More

"Hipster Hitler" Comedy Book: Too Soon?
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“Hipster Hitler” Comedy Book: Too Soon? Always Too Soon?

By On February 2, 2015

Jewish comedians from Mel Brooks to Sarah Silverman have turned the Third Reich into a punchline. Humor is tragedy plus time, Mark Twain famously quipped. But the Internet meme “Hipster Hitler” seems… Read More

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The Holocaust, with Punchlines

By On April 19, 2012

Edge City is a daily comic strip published in many national newspapers. It’s about a family, the Ardins, who happen to be Jewish. Jewish subjects don’t feature in the Ardins’ life every day, but their… Read More

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The Other Anne Franks

By On February 1, 2012

Shalom Auslander’s new novel Hope: A Tragedy takes a calculated risk: It’s a neurotic, bizarre story that mines the Holocaust for humor. The plot involves a paranoid middle-aged Jew, obsessed with death and his own mortality, who… Read More

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Hogan’s Heroes

By On January 30, 2012

If you described the 1960s TV show Hogan’s Heroes as a “sitcom about a German P.O.W. camp during  World War II,” you’d probably receive more than a few surprised looks–but that’s exactly what it… Read More

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