Saturday, June 16, 2007

60 years on, it's safe to tell Nazi jokes

At least that's what the Times Online says.
“Political jokes weren't a form of active resistance but valves for pent-up public anger. They were told in pubs, on the street and this suited the Nazi regime which was deeply humourless. People who released their frustration through jokes didn't go out on the street and demonstrate.
Some examples:
Hitler and Göring are standing on top of Berlin's radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to cheer up the people of Berlin.
Why don't you just jump?” suggests Göring.

Levi and Hirsch meet in the African jungle, each with a rifle. “What are you doing here?” asks Hirsch. “I’ve got an ivory carving business in Alexandria and I shoot my own elephants,” says Levi. “And you?” “I manufacture crocodile leather goods in Port Said and shoot my own crocodiles — and what happened to our friend Simon?”
“He’s turned into a real adventurer. He stayed in Berlin.

No comments: