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Dead funny : humor in Hitler's Germany /
Rudolph Herzog ; translated by Jefferson Chase.
imprint
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2011.
description
252 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1935554301 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9781935554301 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2011.
isbn
1935554301 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781935554301 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Political humor under Hitler : an inside look at the Third Reich -- The rise and development of political humor -- The Nazi seizure of power -- Humor and persecution -- Humor and war -- Humor and annihilation.
general note
"Originally published in German as Heil Hitler, das Schwein ist tot! : Lachen unter Hitler : Komik und Humor im Dritten Reich ... Eichborn Verlag, c2006 ... Frankfurt am Main, Germany" --T.p. verso.
catalogue key
7648038
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-243) and index.
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Praise for the German Edition "A thrilling book." -- Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor--wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." -- Suddeutsche Zeitung
PRAISE FOR THE GERMAN EDITION "A thrilling book." -- Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor-wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." -- Suddeutsche Zeitung
PRAISE FOR THE GERMAN EDITION "A thrilling book." --Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor-wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." --Suddeutsche Zeitung
" Dead Funny isn't just a book of wildly off-limits humor. Rather, it's a fascinating, heartbreaking look at power dynamics, propaganda, and the human hunger for catharsis." - The Atlantic, Best Books of 2012 "A concise, compelling book." -The Independent "Fascinating... Intriguing....Herzog, the son of the film-maker Werner Herzog, shares his father's curious and mordant wit." - The Financial Times "Dead Funny' s real value lies in the way it situates anti-Nazi folk humor in the shifting historical context of this grim bygone era, and the fact that the author is able to resuscitate such obscure jokes verbatim is a phenomenal feat … [the] book's strikingly original historical research sets it apart from the glut of dry tomes which are still being cranked out about Nazi history." -Time Out (New York) "Chilling....[Herzog] shows, in unadorned language, the process of propagandising and the psychological capitulation of many Germans to the Nazis' will." -PopMatters "Herzog's thesis is that, during the Third Reich, Germans relished jokes about their leaders. Throughout Hitler's 12 years in power, there were plenty of caustic gags doing the rounds - about Dr Goebbels' club foot, or Hitler's limp Nazi salute, which made him look like a waiter carrying a tray, or the widely held suspicion that Goering wore his medals in the bath." -The Guardian "Herzog demolishes the idea that Germans didn't know what the Nazis were up to: there were many, many concentration camp jokes. Germans under Hitler seemed to find it natural, and kind of funny, that 'troublemakers'-including Jews and dissidents-should end up behind barbed wire." -Macleans Praise for the German Edition "A thrilling book." - Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor--wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." -Suddeutsche Zeitung
“A concise, compelling book.” -The Independent "Fascinating... Intriguing....Herzog, the son of the film-maker Werner Herzog, shares his father’s curious and mordant wit." - The Financial Times “Dead Funny’ s real value lies in the way it situates anti-Nazi folk humor in the shifting historical context of this grim bygone era, and the fact that the author is able to resuscitate such obscure jokes verbatim is a phenomenal feat & [the] book’s strikingly original historical research sets it apart from the glut of dry tomes which are still being cranked out about Nazi history.” -Time Out (New York) "Chilling....[Herzog] shows, in unadorned language, the process of propagandising and the psychological capitulation of many Germans to the Nazis’ will." -PopMatters “Herzog’s thesis is that, during the Third Reich, Germans relished jokes about their leaders. Throughout Hitler's 12 years in power, there were plenty of caustic gags doing the rounds - about Dr Goebbels’ club foot, or Hitler's limp Nazi salute, which made him look like a waiter carrying a tray, or the widely held suspicion that Goering wore his medals in the bath.” -The Guardian “Herzog demolishes the idea that Germans didn’t know what the Nazis were up to: there were many, many concentration camp jokes. Germans under Hitler seemed to find it natural, and kind of funny, that ‘troublemakers’-including Jews and dissidents-should end up behind barbed wire.” -Macleans Praise for the German Edition "A thrilling book." - Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor--wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." -Suddeutsche Zeitung
"A concise, compelling book." -The Independent "Fascinating... Intriguing....Herzog, the son of the film-maker Werner Herzog, shares his father's curious and mordant wit." - The Financial Times "Dead Funny' s real value lies in the way it situates anti-Nazi folk humor in the shifting historical context of this grim bygone era, and the fact that the author is able to resuscitate such obscure jokes verbatim is a phenomenal feat … [the] book's strikingly original historical research sets it apart from the glut of dry tomes which are still being cranked out about Nazi history." -Time Out (New York) "Chilling.... [Herzog] shows, in unadorned language, the process of propagandising and the psychological capitulation of many Germans to the Nazis' will." -PopMatters "Herzog's thesis is that, during the Third Reich, Germans relished jokes about their leaders. Throughout Hitler's 12 years in power, there were plenty of caustic gags doing the rounds - about Dr Goebbels' club foot, or Hitler's limp Nazi salute, which made him look like a waiter carrying a tray, or the widely held suspicion that Goering wore his medals in the bath." -The Guardian "Herzog demolishes the idea that Germans didn't know what the Nazis were up to: there were many, many concentration camp jokes. Germans under Hitler seemed to find it natural, and kind of funny, that 'troublemakers'-including Jews and dissidents-should end up behind barbed wire." -Macleans Praise for the German Edition "A thrilling book." - Der Spiegel "The first comprehensive book on comedy and humor in the Third Reich. [...] The author brings together all manifestations of humor--wit, newspaper cartoons, cabaret, variety shows, entertainment, film, pop songs, and musicals... An important history." -Suddeutsche Zeitung
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Summaries
Main Description
Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler? This is a question that is oft debated in Germany, where, in light, of the dimensions of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people still have difficulty in taking a satiric look at the Third Reich. And whenever some others do precisely that, accusations arise that they are downplaying and trivializing the Holocaust. But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis. In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog presents the first history of humor and jokes directed at the Nazis: from the anti-Nazi theatre scene of the nineteen-twenties and thirties, to the jokes about Hitler and Nazis told during WW II, to the cracks about Hitler in Germany today. Its'a fascinating and frightening history: Here we learn the tales of Germans-including many soldiers-who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazi officials. Herzog also documents the surprising number of jokes in circulation during WW II and documents their not infrequent telling, as well as the regime's efforts to suppress them. From the Hardcover edition.
Main Description
The first ever history of humour directed at the Nazis: from the anti-Nazi theatre scene of the 20s and 30s, to jokes told during WWII, to the cracks told about Hitler in Germany today. In the light of the horrors he committed, many people in Germany still find difficulty and distaste in laughing at Hitler - indeed, those who do are often accused of trivialising the Holocaust. But there is a long history of telling jokes about the Nazis. Collected by acclaimed director Rudolph Herzog, Dead Funny chronicles this fascinating and often frightening history.
Main Description
Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler? This is a question that is oft debated in Germany, where, in light, of the dimensions of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people still have difficulty in taking a satiric look at the Third Reich. And whenever some others do precisely that, accusations arise that they are downplaying and trivializing the Holocaust. But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis. In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog presents the first history of humor and jokes directed at the Nazis: from the anti-Nazi theatre scene of the nineteen-twenties and thirties, to the jokes about Hitler and Nazis told during WW II, to the cracks about Hitler in Germany today. Its'a fascinating and frightening history: Here we learn the tales of Germans-including many soldiers-who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazi officials. Herzog also documents the surprising number of jokes in circulation during WW II and documents their not infrequent telling, as well as the regime's efforts to suppress them.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A history of humour and jokes directed at the Nazis, from the anti-Nazi theatre scene of the 20s and 30s, to the jokes about Hitler and the Nazis told during World War 2, to the cracks told about Hitler in Germany today.
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Hitler visits a lunatic asylum, where the patients all dutifully perform the German salute. Suddenly, Hitler sees one man whose arm is not raised. ôWhy don't you greet me the same way as everyone else,ö he hisses. The man answers: ôMy Führer, I'm an orderly, not a madman!ö Two Jews are waiting to face a firing squad, when the news arrives that they are to be hanged instead. One turns to the other and says: ôYou see-they've run out of ammunition!ö After the annexation, a Nazi district leader visits a school in Linz, where the students have carefully rehearsed questions and answers. The district leader calls on little Ebeseder: ôWho is your father?ö ôAdolf Hitler.ö ôWho is your mother?ö ôGreater Germany.ö ôVery good! And what do you want to be when you grow up?ö ôAn orphan.ö Hitler and Göring are standing atop the Berlin radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on Berliners' faces. So Göring says: ôWhy don't you jump?ö Book jacket.
Main Description
In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed. Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler? This is a question that is often debated in Germany today, where, in light of the dimension of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people have difficulty taking a satiric look at the Third Reich. And whenever some do, accusations arise that they are downplaying or trivializing the Holocaust. But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis. In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog shows that the image of the "ridiculous Führer" was by no means a post-war invention: In the early years of Nazi rule many Germans poked fun at Hitler and other high officials. It's a fascinating and frightening history: from the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, to jokes about Hitler and the Nazis told during WWII, to the collections of "whispered jokes" that were published in the immediate aftermath of the war, to the horrific accounts of Germans who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazis. Significantly, the jokes collected here also show that not all Germans were hypnotized by Nazi propaganda-or unaware of Hitler's concentration camps, which were also the subject of jokes during the war. In collecting these quips, Herzog pushes back against the argument, advanced in aftermath of World War II, that people were unaware of Hitler's demonic maneuvering. The truth, Herzog writes, is more troubling: Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally . . . and failed to act.
Main Description
In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed. Is it permissible to laugh at Hitler? This is a question that is often debated in Germany today, where, in light of the dimension of the horrors committed in the name of its citizens, many people have difficulty taking a satiric look at the Third Reich. And whenever some do, accusations arise that they are downplaying or trivializing the Holocaust. But there is a long history of jokes about the Nazis. In this groundbreaking volume, Rudolph Herzog shows that the image of the “ridiculous F hrer” was by no means a post-war invention: In the early years of Nazi rule many Germans poked fun at Hitler and other high officials. It’s a fascinating and frightening history: from the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, to jokes about Hitler and the Nazis told during WWII, to the collections of “whispered jokes” that were published in the immediate aftermath of the war, to the horrific accounts of Germans who were imprisoned and executed for telling jokes about Hitler and other Nazis. Significantly, the jokes collected here also show that not all Germans were hypnotized by Nazi propaganda-or unaware of Hitler’s concentration camps, which were also the subject of jokes during the war. In collecting these quips, Herzog pushes back against the argument, advanced in aftermath of World War II, that people were unaware of Hitler’s demonic maneuvering. The truth, Herzog writes, is more troubling: Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally . . . and failed to act. From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Political Humor Under Hitler: An Inside Look at the Third Reichp. 1
The Rise and Development of Political Humorp. 11
The Nazi Seizure of Powerp. 31
Humor and Persecutionp. 81
Humor and Warp. 129
Humor and Annihilationp. 207
Laughing at Auschwitz? Humor and National Socialism after World War IIp. 223
Notesp. 236
Works Citedp. 241
Indexp. 244
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