Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Humor in Nazi Germany

Spiegel reviews a new book on humor, and its use as a means of dissent, in Nazi Germany. One of the bits of dark humor:

Two men meet.


"Nice to see you're free again. How was the concentration camp?"

"Great! Breakfast in bed, a choice of coffee or chocolate, and for lunch we got soup, meat and dessert. And we played games in the afternoon before getting coffee and cakes. Then a little snooze and we watched movies after dinner."

The man was astonished: "That's great! I recently spoke to Meyer, who was also locked up there. He told me a different story."

The other man nods gravely and says: "Yes, well that's why they've picked him up again."

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