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By Rudolph Herzog Jefferson S. Chase | Comments: ( 463 ) | Date: ( Mar 31, 2020 )

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 dIn 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 troubling Germans knew much about the actions of their government, joked about it occasionally and failed to act.


  • Title: Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany
  • Author: Rudolph Herzog Jefferson S. Chase
  • ISBN: 9781935554301
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover

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  • Nandakishore Varma

    I came across this book serendipitously. A few months back, there was a debate raging on GR (even now going on with reduced decibel levels) that whether anyone should be allowed to satirise Hitler. This was triggered by the publication of Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes. One GR member, without even reading the book, effectively cursed all the people who would read this book and post a positive review about it. I was intrigued. Being a person who finds humour in everything, I was surprised that s [...]


  • Meaghan

    I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book, but I was impressed by it. The thesis is that you can prove just by the jokes floating around Nazi Germany that the German people knew perfectly well what that terrible things were going on. Maybe they didn't know exactly what was happening, but they had a pretty good idea. There are also mini-biographies of German comedians (which sounds like an oxymoron, I know) and filmmakers, and how they were affected by the Third Reich and censorship. I learne [...]


  • Kirk Johnson

    You could wish this entirely tasteful and engrossing book were longer and more in-depth - though perhaps lack of available material would preclude this - but for a night's read and a nudge to the brain you can't do much better than this.


  • Mary

    Herzog, son of Werner, posits that ample humor during the Third Reich was less an indication of quiet resistance than a way to let off steam. He does a nice job of contextualizing the jokes without too much extra info. No jokes are known of Hitler’s suicide. After the war, West Germans did not care to reflect and those on the East were absolved from dealing as fascism was a Western affliction. Although everyone in the West accepted The Great Dictator and The Producers (we tried showing this to [...]


  • Anna

    There is a building at Auschwitz, one of the disarmingly bourgeois brick two storey buildings that in any other context might be from a thirties suburban development and which was wild with jonquils on the verges when I visited in glorious Spring, that is labelled "Physical Evidence of the Holocaust." Rather carefully worded. This book documents a slippery thing - what was humour under the Reich like? Who told the jokes and what were they like? Did people die because of them? I was drawn to this [...]


  • Matt Musselman

    This book was an unexpected gift from my sister-in-law, and right from the beginning, an interesting premise. Right away I noticed it was less whimsical, but ultimately more interesting, than what I expected.Yes the jokes themselves are there, some told by Nazis, some told by their victims, and many told by sceptical Germans of the era.But mostly this book is a history of the rise, empowerment, and ultimate fall of the Third Reich as viewed through the lens of the dark humour of the time. After [...]


  • g026r

    A while back I read a book by Ben Lewis titled Hammer & Tickle, subtitled either "A History of Communism Told Through Communist Jokes" or "A Cultural History of Communism" depending on edition, which was a disappointment — a magazine article stretched out to book length. Now, the good news is that Herzog's work (original German title: Heil Hitler, das Schwein ist tot!) is a better book than Lewis's. The bad news is that that's damning with faint praise, as it's still not that great of a bo [...]


  • Kusaimamekirai

    "Hitler and Goring are standing atop the Berlin Radio Tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on Berliners faces. Goring says 'why don't you jump'?" When we reflect on Germany in World War II, our thoughts rarely turn first to humor. And yet the author argues, with significant documentation and examples, that political humor of all kinds was abundant before, during, and after the Reich. In the early to mid 30's, the Nazis in fact turned a semi-blind eye to it and the cabarets [...]


  • Chelsea

    Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany purports to be about the history of jokes about Hitler, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust within the bounds of Germany before and during WWII. And indeed, it does start off this way, expounding on the history of political jokes and how they're used to relieve stress, and were actually good for Hitler's government. However, after that, it rapidly falls apart into a disorganized jumble that can't even decide which continent it wants to focus on. While subject [...]


  • fleegan

    This very short book covered more ground than I thought it would. The author starts in 1933 and ends with Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Roberto Benigni’s Life if Beautiful. The book itself reads like an interesting textbook. I’m not going to blame this on the fact that the book is translated because that is not the problem. The problem is the subject matter, and I’m not talking about the history of the Third Reich either. I’m talking about jokes.Political humor, at it’s very best, is [...]


  • Richard

    I decided to check this book out after reading Herzog's A Short History of Nuclear Folly and finding it enjoyable. I also have an interest in World War II history and enjoy learning about some of the behind the scenes sort of things occasionally as opposed to just troop movements and big battles.As a whole, Dead Funny was okay. While I enjoyed the information I was reading and learning about the book itself seemed haphazardly put together and chapters felt only loosely related to each other at t [...]


  • Moloch

    Il libro è abbastanza mediocre, niente di speciale. Ma il voto è così basso a causa della PESSIMA traduzione italiana: si parla di battute, barzellette, canzoni, giochi di parole IN LINGUA TEDESCA La traduttrice, invece di riportare il testo in lingua originale e parafrasarlo, magari in nota, come sarebbe logico, in modo che si possano apprezzare, sia pure a un livello minimo, riscrive tutto di sana pianta IN ITALIANO, si inventa rime e significati di acronimi, fa ridicoli adattamenti a canzo [...]


  • Di

    A very interesting book, translated from the German.The author analyses jokes told about the Nazis while they were on the rise in Germany in the 1920s and 30s, then during the time they were in power, and also after they were finally defeated. The types of jokes told can say a lot about peoples' reactions to the Nazis, just as the way the Nazis reacted to jokes tell us a lot about their sensitivities to criticism; basically they didn't like being criticised at all and it took a lot of courage to [...]


  • Darren Gore

    Many Germans laughed and joked about Hitler and the Nazis before and after their rise and fall, for the same reasons that people throughout history have done - to criticise or support the powers-that-be; to let off steam; and (especially as life under the Nazis got worse and worse) to help get themselves through dark days.Dead Funny is a gripping, moving and thought-provoking history of laughs about the Nazis. In a highly-readable style, Herzog details the history of the humour up to the controv [...]


  • Leo

    A short read, but nevertheless an interesting and illuminating look at an infamous period of history through the lens of political jokes.


  • Joe Faust

    Fascinating account of humor, dark and otherwise, and its part in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler.


  • Christopher Blosser

    "Dead Funny" presents a curious and fascinating archive of humor — jokes, songs, turns of phrase — against the backdrop of the fall of the Weimar republic and the rise (and eventual fall) of the Third Reich: humor as told by ordinary German citizens uneasy about the Nazi seizure of power; as told by the Nazis themselves about their victims; as told by the rest of the world; as told by German and Jewish actors, artists, comedians and cabaret performers who were punished and sometimes killed i [...]


  • Themistocles

    I have to say I got more than I bargained for by reading this book. Here I was expecting a collection of jokes with perhaps some sort of analysis and connective tissue, but instead Herzog goes two steps farther and actually does a partial sociological analysis based on the jokes themselves.As a result there are relatively few jokes in the book, but Herzog appears (and I say "appears" because without having an extensive knowledge on the subject it's impossible to judge if his judgment is balanced [...]


  • Nathan Albright

    This is a book that is a rewarding read for those who take humor seriously [1]. What this book provides that is different from any of the many books I have read about World War II is the way that it uses the humor of Hitler's Germany before and during World War II as an entrance into critiquing the anti-Semitism and essentially complicit nature of Germany with Hitler's regime. This is a book about humor that comes with a sting, in that it shows the various responses of humor representing a crass [...]


  • Rory

    Talks about the type of jokes and political humour that existed in the Third Reich. It doesn't have jokes per se (it has some), it's mostly a record of the state of humour at the time, and countering some common ideas about jokes and the nazis.By looking at the criminal records, it shows that telling jokes about the Nazis wasn't too serious a crime, there weren't prosecuted too often. The standard of jokes tells us what people mocked about the nazis, and alas, it didn't seem to be about them bei [...]


  • Vrettos

    Not so much about the jokes, but rather about freedom of speech, expression, criticism and satire in Nazi Germany as well as an overview of the way art was influenced and shaped. Some jokes provide an indication of the relationship between the populace and the regime, with the most funny ones appearing near the end of the book:"The German capital was being transformed into a heap of rubble and people joked that Rommel would soon be appointed Berlin's Nazi district leader since he was so effectiv [...]


  • Zivan

    Humor is one of the deepest expressions of human culture.I don't think there is a genre that ages faster than humor. (accept slapstick).So I found it interesting to learn about humor in Nazi Germany.It was an interesting read, and I was surprised on how well Herzog summerises the strategic situation in the different stages of the war.I was a bit put off by how Herzog makes sure to tell me how I should interpret each joke he quotes.It is clear that his is an apologetic work intended to refute cla [...]


  • Larry

    A fascinating topic, disappointingly done.Let's get one thing out of the way: the jokes included in the text, to contemporary readers, aren't funny. Nor did I expect them to be. With such humor, basically you had to be there. Nothing to do with the translation; they aren't funny in the original German, either, as the author reminds you over and over and over and over again. He could have said it once: the humor examples he found are, in his terms, "lame". Thus it becomes tiresome when he precede [...]


  • Michael Samerdyke

    This book surprised me by how compelling it was.Herzog covers the uses of humor during the Nazi era. He looks at jokes people (Germans and foreigners) told about the Nazis, jokes the Nazis used themselves, and how the Nazi government responded.Several things impressed me about the book. Herzog used the jokes to show how things changed in Nazi Germany, from the establishment of the regime (when the jokes tended to be about local functionaries as social climbers) and then on into the war (when the [...]


  • Emily

    I wasn't able to get a German-language ebook of this brief work on humor during the Third Reich, but even in English, I could perceive the author's German viewpoint. He emphatically distances himself the books of "whispered jokes" that were published immediately after the war as pseudo-evidence of German innocence. Instead, he asserts that joking around can't be considered serious political speech or an actual form of resistance. (I think Jon Stewart's been making this point for a few years now. [...]


  • Christine Frank

    I would actually rate this a 3.8 -- reads like a thesis (not necessarily a bad thing) and covers a lot of ground, starting earlier than we might have thought, then skipping the postwar period until briefly describing approximately one movie each (and no jokes) in the 60s, 90s, and 00s. Penalties for speaking (much less laughing) were severe and well known, leading one to believe that there was no one who didn't know what was going on. The author nicely dispenses with that excuse, while obliquely [...]


  • Margaret Sankey

    From the son of filmmkaer Werner Herzog, a companion volume to the documentary made for the BBC on humor in Hitler's Germany. I've been interested in jokes as source material since reading a study of subversive jokes in Soviet Russia and this delivers a nuanced view--while this could be a defiant means of subverting the Nazi state (and a crime for which troublesome people were executed if their jokes touched on too sensitive subjects or were part of overall belligerence) or using grim humor to s [...]


  • Jennifer Kunz

    This was a fascinating book, I read it in only two sittings. I've never even thought of humor in relation to the tragedy of World War II, so it was a subject new to me. Herzog deals with it succinctly and tastefully, and very knowledgeably! The translator, Jefferson Chase, did a great job as well - I couldn't tell it wasn't originally in English. Interestingly, I just a month ago read a book about translation - 'Is That a Fish In Your Ear?:Translation And The Meaning Of Everything' by David Bell [...]


  • Catalina

    Enjoyable almost as a fiction book. An abundance of information about jokes, satire, entertainment industry under Hitler and National Socialist Party. Everything comes to confirm, once more, Germans were aware, complacent or even supportive of Hitler and his men, his polity and actions. The antisemitism is a deep rooted feeling and more present than ever, especially in the "old, good" Europe, so not at all something exclusive to Hitler's time!


  • Brian

    There are occasional inaccuracies in the broader history that Herzog uses to contextualize the jokes, but I nonetheless think that he succeeded in demonstrating what one can learn about humor in Nazi Germany. Namely that it wasn't a monolithic society, that people were politically and socially aware. I also appreciated that he debunked some myths about the danger to joke-tellers in Nazi Germany while also describing how some of the danger we assume applied to all was all too real for some.


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