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<h2>Speaking of jokes and Nazis….</h2>
<figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="370" data-orig-width="718"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/dffd11705aa681a806c2914d89e712d2/tumblr_inline_p5xi80MvlQ1sp5650_500.jpg" data-orig-height="370" data-orig-width="718"/></figure><h1><b>“With Comedy, We Can Rob Hitler of his Posthumous Power”</b></h1>
<p>Jewish comic actor Mel Brooks talks about Hitler as a comical character, the limits of humor and his latest film “The Producers,” which hits screens in Germany and other European countries (that week in 2006.)</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b></p>
<p>Mr. Brooks, almost all the rogues in your film have moustaches. Is that the long shadow of Hitler?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> You must be joking! Rogues on the screen were already wearing moustaches when Hitler was still running around in short trousers. A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan. So Hitler’s incomplete moustache would never have been enough for that.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Your new comedy “The Producers” is set at the end of the 1950s on Broadway and concerns a Nazi musical that breaks box office records. It shows a dancing and singing Hitler. Isn’t that a bit tasteless?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Of course. But it’s also funny, isn’t it? The film revolves around a Broadway producer who, for financial and technical reasons, wants to produce a flop. After he turns down the chance to adapt Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” he comes up with the idea of creating a musical about Hitler, produced by the lousiest director in the city, cast with the worst actors by far -– in the middle of the Jewish metropolis of New York. He’s sure it won’t work. Yet because the audience considers the piece to be a brilliant parody, his worst fears are realized, it’s a hit. “The Producers” therefore deals with the difficulty of having a flop. </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Which you of course know well yourself. “The Producers” is based on a musical that you produced that ran successfully on Broadway for five years and also on the film “The Producers” that you shot in 1967. How did the audience react to the film back then?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> The Jews were horrified. I received resentful letters of protest, saying things like: “How can you make jokes about Hitler? The man murdered 6 million Jews.“ But “The Producers” doesn’t concern a concentration camp or the Holocaust. </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Can you really separate Hitler from the Holocaust?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> You have to separate it. For example, Roberto Benigni’s comedy “Life Is Beautiful” really annoyed me. A crazy film that even attempted to find comedy in a concentration camp. It showed the barracks in which Jews were kept like cattle, and it made jokes about it. The philosophy of the film is: people can get over anything. No, they can’t. They can’t get over a concentration camp.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> But the film has deeply moved a lot of people.</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> I always asked myself: Tell me, Roberto, are you nuts? You didn’t lose any relatives in the Holocaust, you’re not even Jewish. You really don’t understand what it’s all about. The Americans were incredibly thrilled to discover from him that it wasn’t all that bad in the concentration camps after all. And that’s why they immediately pressed an Oscar into his hand. </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> So there are limits to humor?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Definitely. In 1974, I produced the western parody “Blazing Saddles,” in which the word “nigger” was used constantly. But I would never have thought of the idea of showing how a black was lynched. It’s only funny when he escapes getting sent to the gallows. You can laugh at Hitler because you can cut him down to normal size.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Can you also get your revenge on him by using comedy?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Yes, absolutely. Of course it is impossible to take revenge for 6 million murdered Jews. But by using the medium of comedy, we can try to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and myths. In doing so, we should remember that Hitler did have some talents. He was able to fool an entire population into letting him be their leader. However, this role was basically a few numbers too great for him –- but he simply covered over this deficiency.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Was he a good actor?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Yes, as he convinced many millions of Germans. It’s not without good reason that comedies about Hitler often concern actors who should play him. Just think about Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940) or Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or not To Be” (1942). There’s no doubt about it, Hitler worked in the same branch as we do: he created illusions. </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> In a documentary film about the downfall of the German battleship the Bismarck, US director James Cameron referred to Hitler as the “greatest pop star of his time.“</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> There’s something in that. Hitler must have had a magnetic attractive force, like a rock star he used his voice to spellbind umpteen thousands of listeners. So it’s only fitting when comic actors make him the limelight hog of world history. We take away from him the holy seriousness that always surrounded him and protected him like a cordon.</p>
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<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> You yourself fought against the Nazis in Europe in 1945 and came to Berlin just after the end of the war and stayed there for eight months. Could you still feel much of a Hitler reverence?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Everywhere you went you could sense a great relief that the war was finally over. I myself was shaken by the extent of the destruction. When we were transporting away a few prisoners of war in a train, I discovered an old man who looked like my grandfather. He suddenly leaped out of the carriage. I took my rifle and aimed at him. He called (Brooks says in German): “Don’t shoot, I have to shit”. Most of the Germans who survived the war were just poor simple people. Was National Socialism ever taught in German schools?</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Yes, and in great detail.</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> That is comforting to know. When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I’ve always felt okay in Berlin. It was there that I saw Brecht and Weill’s “Three Penny Opera” and was totally crazy about this kind of musical theater. </p>
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<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Have you seen Oliver Hirschbiegels’s film “Downfall”?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> Yes, and I thought it was excellent. It shows us Hitler’s self destruction. While Goebbels was idolizing Hitler as the new Christ, like the salvation in the flesh, he was decaying before our very eyes – and all that was needed to illustrate this was a shot of his trembling hand.  </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Don’t you think the film humanizes Hitler too much?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> No, it doesn’t arouse the slightest bit of sympathy for Hitler. It shows a man who went mad. Let’s face it; he too started off as a small, innocent baby. His monstrous grimace comes across all the more startling when you can sense the paltry remains of his human nature.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> Was Hitler funny? Would you have been able to make him laugh?</p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> I have no delusions of grandeur. Hitler would definitely not have smacked himself on the thigh and cried out (Brooks says in German): “What fantastic fun.“ If he had found something funny you’d probably see at the most a flinch in the corner of his mouth.  </p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> You yourself played Hitler in 1983 in your remake of the film “To Be or not To Be”…</p>
<figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="130" data-orig-width="240"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/054ed98db8d99065bb0c2d5edafdf864/tumblr_inline_p5xi81rWN21sp5650_500.gif" data-orig-height="130" data-orig-width="240"/></figure><p><b>Brooks:</b> … and I also gave him my voice in a song in “The Producers”.</p>
<p><b>SPIEGEL:</b> How does it feel for a <b>JEW</b> to slip into the skin of his greatest enemy?  </p>
<p><b>Brooks:</b> It is an inverted seizure of power. For many years Hitler was the most powerful man in the world and almost destroyed us. </p>
<h2>To posses this power and turn it against him -– it is simply alluring. </h2>
<p><i>Interview conducted by Lars-Olav Beier.</i></p>
<h2>&lt;Imagine being able to stand up to Great Evil by laughing in its face.</h2>
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<p>What I wouldn’t give for a Mel Brooks to lead Lewis Black Jerry Seinfeld Richard Lewis Larry David Jon Stewart Billy Crystal Ben &amp; Jerry Stiller Garry Shandling Sacha Baron Cohen Lisa Lampanelli and Robert Klein in a conga line of Nazi jokes outside of British Parliament.</p>
<p>I’m not really going anywhere with this but I just think it would be hilarious. </p>
<p>Also such an event would need a proper host and I can only think of one choice.</p>
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<p>Personal favorite will ALWAYS be John Cleese…</p>
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<p>Always.</p>
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<p>Mel Brooks is my hero but that black Hitler joke MADE MY FUCKING DAY</p>
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<p>Cameron Pierce “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” is a bizarre fiction book that turns the SS into walking asses.</p>
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<p>always mock hitler. always.</p>
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<p>People keep forgetting the power of humor. </p>
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<p>They are too busy being addicted to outrage. </p>
<h2><b><i>On an unrelated note………</i></b></h2>
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Brooks baby.</p>
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<p>Thank God Brooks made the movies when he did, they’d never be made today.</p></blockquote>

<p>Laughter is a very powerful weapon against rage hatred and madness and even more powerful tool of love and healing.</p><p>Most kids don’t get that when  they’re making angry bitter hateful bad jokes as a “ coping mechanism”. Coping isn’t feeding the poison in your heart. Coping it’s simply coming to terms with it well real healing tries to clean that poison from your very soul.</p></blockquote>

<p>Make jokes about Nazis. Make fun of Nazis. Make jokes about Hitler. Mock Nazis. That robs them of their power. Being too afraid to speak of them only makes them feel stronger.</p><p>“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”-Dumbledore.</p><p>For people who constantly reference Harry Potter, I would think that lesson would’ve sunk in.</p>

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Speaking of jokes and Nazis….

“With Comedy, We Can Rob Hitler of his Posthumous Power”

Jewish comic actor Mel Brooks talks about Hitler as a comical character, the limits of humor and his latest film “The Producers,” which hits screens in Germany and other European countries (that week in 2006.)

SPIEGEL:

Mr. Brooks, almost all the rogues in your film have moustaches. Is that the long shadow of Hitler?

Brooks: You must be joking! Rogues on the screen were already wearing moustaches when Hitler was still running around in short trousers. A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan. So Hitler’s incomplete moustache would never have been enough for that.

SPIEGEL: Your new comedy “The Producers” is set at the end of the 1950s on Broadway and concerns a Nazi musical that breaks box office records. It shows a dancing and singing Hitler. Isn’t that a bit tasteless?

Brooks: Of course. But it’s also funny, isn’t it? The film revolves around a Broadway producer who, for financial and technical reasons, wants to produce a flop. After he turns down the chance to adapt Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” he comes up with the idea of creating a musical about Hitler, produced by the lousiest director in the city, cast with the worst actors by far -– in the middle of the Jewish metropolis of New York. He’s sure it won’t work. Yet because the audience considers the piece to be a brilliant parody, his worst fears are realized, it’s a hit. “The Producers” therefore deals with the difficulty of having a flop. 

SPIEGEL: Which you of course know well yourself. “The Producers” is based on a musical that you produced that ran successfully on Broadway for five years and also on the film “The Producers” that you shot in 1967. How did the audience react to the film back then?

Brooks: The Jews were horrified. I received resentful letters of protest, saying things like: “How can you make jokes about Hitler? The man murdered 6 million Jews.“ But “The Producers” doesn’t concern a concentration camp or the Holocaust. 

SPIEGEL: Can you really separate Hitler from the Holocaust?

Brooks: You have to separate it. For example, Roberto Benigni’s comedy “Life Is Beautiful” really annoyed me. A crazy film that even attempted to find comedy in a concentration camp. It showed the barracks in which Jews were kept like cattle, and it made jokes about it. The philosophy of the film is: people can get over anything. No, they can’t. They can’t get over a concentration camp.

SPIEGEL: But the film has deeply moved a lot of people.

Brooks: I always asked myself: Tell me, Roberto, are you nuts? You didn’t lose any relatives in the Holocaust, you’re not even Jewish. You really don’t understand what it’s all about. The Americans were incredibly thrilled to discover from him that it wasn’t all that bad in the concentration camps after all. And that’s why they immediately pressed an Oscar into his hand. 

SPIEGEL: So there are limits to humor?

Brooks: Definitely. In 1974, I produced the western parody “Blazing Saddles,” in which the word “nigger” was used constantly. But I would never have thought of the idea of showing how a black was lynched. It’s only funny when he escapes getting sent to the gallows. You can laugh at Hitler because you can cut him down to normal size.

SPIEGEL: Can you also get your revenge on him by using comedy?

Brooks: Yes, absolutely. Of course it is impossible to take revenge for 6 million murdered Jews. But by using the medium of comedy, we can try to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and myths. In doing so, we should remember that Hitler did have some talents. He was able to fool an entire population into letting him be their leader. However, this role was basically a few numbers too great for him –- but he simply covered over this deficiency.

SPIEGEL: Was he a good actor?

Brooks: Yes, as he convinced many millions of Germans. It’s not without good reason that comedies about Hitler often concern actors who should play him. Just think about Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940) or Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or not To Be” (1942). There’s no doubt about it, Hitler worked in the same branch as we do: he created illusions. 

SPIEGEL: In a documentary film about the downfall of the German battleship the Bismarck, US director James Cameron referred to Hitler as the “greatest pop star of his time.“

Brooks: There’s something in that. Hitler must have had a magnetic attractive force, like a rock star he used his voice to spellbind umpteen thousands of listeners. So it’s only fitting when comic actors make him the limelight hog of world history. We take away from him the holy seriousness that always surrounded him and protected him like a cordon.


SPIEGEL: You yourself fought against the Nazis in Europe in 1945 and came to Berlin just after the end of the war and stayed there for eight months. Could you still feel much of a Hitler reverence?

Brooks: Everywhere you went you could sense a great relief that the war was finally over. I myself was shaken by the extent of the destruction. When we were transporting away a few prisoners of war in a train, I discovered an old man who looked like my grandfather. He suddenly leaped out of the carriage. I took my rifle and aimed at him. He called (Brooks says in German): “Don’t shoot, I have to shit”. Most of the Germans who survived the war were just poor simple people. Was National Socialism ever taught in German schools?

SPIEGEL: Yes, and in great detail.

Brooks: That is comforting to know. When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I’ve always felt okay in Berlin. It was there that I saw Brecht and Weill’s “Three Penny Opera” and was totally crazy about this kind of musical theater. 


SPIEGEL: Have you seen Oliver Hirschbiegels’s film “Downfall”?

Brooks: Yes, and I thought it was excellent. It shows us Hitler’s self destruction. While Goebbels was idolizing Hitler as the new Christ, like the salvation in the flesh, he was decaying before our very eyes – and all that was needed to illustrate this was a shot of his trembling hand.  

SPIEGEL: Don’t you think the film humanizes Hitler too much?

Brooks: No, it doesn’t arouse the slightest bit of sympathy for Hitler. It shows a man who went mad. Let’s face it; he too started off as a small, innocent baby. His monstrous grimace comes across all the more startling when you can sense the paltry remains of his human nature.

SPIEGEL: Was Hitler funny? Would you have been able to make him laugh?

Brooks: I have no delusions of grandeur. Hitler would definitely not have smacked himself on the thigh and cried out (Brooks says in German): “What fantastic fun.“ If he had found something funny you’d probably see at the most a flinch in the corner of his mouth.  

SPIEGEL: You yourself played Hitler in 1983 in your remake of the film “To Be or not To Be”…

Brooks: … and I also gave him my voice in a song in “The Producers”.

SPIEGEL: How does it feel for a JEW to slip into the skin of his greatest enemy?  

Brooks: It is an inverted seizure of power. For many years Hitler was the most powerful man in the world and almost destroyed us.

To posses this power and turn it against him -– it is simply alluring. 

Interview conducted by Lars-Olav Beier.

<Imagine being able to stand up to Great Evil by laughing in its face.

Meanwhile the UK is going full Orwell.

What I wouldn’t give for a Mel Brooks to lead Lewis Black Jerry Seinfeld Richard Lewis Larry David Jon Stewart Billy Crystal Ben & Jerry Stiller Garry Shandling Sacha Baron Cohen Lisa Lampanelli and Robert Klein in a conga line of Nazi jokes outside of British Parliament.

I’m not really going anywhere with this but I just think it would be hilarious.

Also such an event would need a proper host and I can only think of one choice.

Personal favorite will ALWAYS be John Cleese…

Always.

Mel Brooks is my hero but that black Hitler joke MADE MY FUCKING DAY

Cameron Pierce “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” is a bizarre fiction book that turns the SS into walking asses.

always mock hitler. always.

People keep forgetting the power of humor.

They are too busy being addicted to outrage. 

On an unrelated note………

Its all about the  Brooks baby.

Thank God Brooks made the movies when he did, they’d never be made today.

Laughter is a very powerful weapon against rage hatred and madness and even more powerful tool of love and healing.

Most kids don’t get that when they’re making angry bitter hateful bad jokes as a “ coping mechanism”. Coping isn’t feeding the poison in your heart. Coping it’s simply coming to terms with it well real healing tries to clean that poison from your very soul.

Make jokes about Nazis. Make fun of Nazis. Make jokes about Hitler. Mock Nazis. That robs them of their power. Being too afraid to speak of them only makes them feel stronger.

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”-Dumbledore.

For people who constantly reference Harry Potter, I would think that lesson would’ve sunk in.

HE <p><a href=httplastsonlosttumblrcompost172136795052theindependentconservative-lastsonlost class=tumblr_blog>lastsonlost<a><p> <blockquote><p><a href=httpstheindependentconservativetumblrcompost172134527769lastsonlost-heatandapathy class=tumblr_blog>theindependentconservative<a><p> <blockquote><p><a href=httplastsonlosttumblrcompost172106090152heatandapathy-concentrated-sunshine class=tumblr_blog>lastsonlost<a><p><blockquote> <p><a href=httpsheatandapathytumblrcompost172104814701concentrated-sunshine-shitty-metta-mun class=tumblr_blog>heatandapathy<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httpsconcentrated-sunshinetumblrcompost172103863265shitty-metta-mun-goose-juggler-gservator class=tumblr_blog>concentrated-sunshine<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httpsshitty-metta-muntumblrcompost172103123563goose-juggler-gservator-hott-dogg-mann class=tumblr_blog>shitty-metta-mun<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httpgoose-jugglertumblrcompost172102081416gservator-hott-dogg-mann-lastsonlost class=tumblr_blog>goose-juggler<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httpgservatortumblrcompost172101816471hott-dogg-mann-lastsonlost class=tumblr_blog>gservator<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httphott-dogg-manntumblrcompost172095533311lastsonlost-wanderingberserker-lastsonlost class=tumblr_blog>hott-dogg-mann<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httplastsonlosttumblrcompost172094764907wanderingberserker-lastsonlost-speaking-of class=tumblr_blog>lastsonlost<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httpwanderingberserkertumblrcompost172094692137lastsonlost-speaking-of-jokes-and-nazis-with class=tumblr_blog>wanderingberserker<a><p> <blockquote> <p><a href=httplastsonlosttumblrcompost172094647642speaking-of-jokes-and-nazis-with-comedy-we-can class=tumblr_blog>lastsonlost<a><p> <blockquote> <h2>Speaking of jokes and Nazis…<h2> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=370 data-orig-width=718><img src=https78mediatumblrcomdffd11705aa681a806c2914d89e712d2tumblr_inline_p5xi80MvlQ1sp5650_500jpg data-orig-height=370 data-orig-width=718><figure><h1><b>“With Comedy We Can Rob Hitler of his Posthumous Power”<b><h1> <p>Jewish comic actor Mel Brooks talks about Hitler as a comical character the limits of humor and his latest film “The Producers” which hits screens in Germany and other European countries that week in 2006<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b><p> <p>Mr Brooks almost all the rogues in your film have moustaches Is that the long shadow of Hitler?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> You must be joking! Rogues on the screen were already wearing moustaches when Hitler was still running around in short trousers A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan So Hitler’s incomplete moustache would never have been enough for that<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Your new comedy “The Producers” is set at the end of the 1950s on Broadway and concerns a Nazi musical that breaks box office records It shows a dancing and singing Hitler Isn’t that a bit tasteless?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Of course But it’s also funny isn’t it? The film revolves around a Broadway producer who for financial and technical reasons wants to produce a flop After he turns down the chance to adapt Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” he comes up with the idea of creating a musical about Hitler produced by the lousiest director in the city cast with the worst actors by far -– in the middle of the Jewish metropolis of New York He’s sure it won’t work Yet because the audience considers the piece to be a brilliant parody his worst fears are realized it’s a hit “The Producers” therefore deals with the difficulty of having a flop <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Which you of course know well yourself “The Producers” is based on a musical that you produced that ran successfully on Broadway for five years and also on the film “The Producers” that you shot in 1967 How did the audience react to the film back then?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> The Jews were horrified I received resentful letters of protest saying things like “How can you make jokes about Hitler? The man murdered 6 million Jews“ But “The Producers” doesn’t concern a concentration camp or the Holocaust <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Can you really separate Hitler from the Holocaust?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> You have to separate it For example Roberto Benigni’s comedy “Life Is Beautiful” really annoyed me A crazy film that even attempted to find comedy in a concentration camp It showed the barracks in which Jews were kept like cattle and it made jokes about it The philosophy of the film is people can get over anything No they can’t They can’t get over a concentration camp<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> But the film has deeply moved a lot of people<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> I always asked myself Tell me Roberto are you nuts? You didn’t lose any relatives in the Holocaust you’re not even Jewish You really don’t understand what it’s all about The Americans were incredibly thrilled to discover from him that it wasn’t all that bad in the concentration camps after all And that’s why they immediately pressed an Oscar into his hand <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> So there are limits to humor?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Definitely In 1974 I produced the western parody “Blazing Saddles” in which the word “nigger” was used constantly But I would never have thought of the idea of showing how a black was lynched It’s only funny when he escapes getting sent to the gallows You can laugh at Hitler because you can cut him down to normal size<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Can you also get your revenge on him by using comedy?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Yes absolutely Of course it is impossible to take revenge for 6 million murdered Jews But by using the medium of comedy we can try to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and myths In doing so we should remember that Hitler did have some talents He was able to fool an entire population into letting him be their leader However this role was basically a few numbers too great for him –- but he simply covered over this deficiency<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Was he a good actor?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Yes as he convinced many millions of Germans It’s not without good reason that comedies about Hitler often concern actors who should play him Just think about Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” 1940 or Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or not To Be” 1942 There’s no doubt about it Hitler worked in the same branch as we do he created illusions <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> In a documentary film about the downfall of the German battleship the Bismarck US director James Cameron referred to Hitler as the “greatest pop star of his time“<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> There’s something in that Hitler must have had a magnetic attractive force like a rock star he used his voice to spellbind umpteen thousands of listeners So it’s only fitting when comic actors make him the limelight hog of world history We take away from him the holy seriousness that always surrounded him and protected him like a cordon<p> <p><br><p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> You yourself fought against the Nazis in Europe in 1945 and came to Berlin just after the end of the war and stayed there for eight months Could you still feel much of a Hitler reverence?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Everywhere you went you could sense a great relief that the war was finally over I myself was shaken by the extent of the destruction When we were transporting away a few prisoners of war in a train I discovered an old man who looked like my grandfather He suddenly leaped out of the carriage I took my rifle and aimed at him He called Brooks says in German “Don’t shoot I have to shit” Most of the Germans who survived the war were just poor simple people Was National Socialism ever taught in German schools?<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Yes and in great detail<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> That is comforting to know When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling but I’ve always felt okay in Berlin It was there that I saw Brecht and Weill’s “Three Penny Opera” and was totally crazy about this kind of musical theater <p> <p><br><p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Have you seen Oliver Hirschbiegels’s film “Downfall”?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> Yes and I thought it was excellent It shows us Hitler’s self destruction While Goebbels was idolizing Hitler as the new Christ like the salvation in the flesh he was decaying before our very eyes – and all that was needed to illustrate this was a shot of his trembling hand <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Don’t you think the film humanizes Hitler too much?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> No it doesn’t arouse the slightest bit of sympathy for Hitler It shows a man who went mad Let’s face it he too started off as a small innocent baby His monstrous grimace comes across all the more startling when you can sense the paltry remains of his human nature<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> Was Hitler funny? Would you have been able to make him laugh?<p> <p><b>Brooks<b> I have no delusions of grandeur Hitler would definitely not have smacked himself on the thigh and cried out Brooks says in German “What fantastic fun“ If he had found something funny you’d probably see at the most a flinch in the corner of his mouth <p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> You yourself played Hitler in 1983 in your remake of the film “To Be or not To Be”…<p> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=130 data-orig-width=240><img src=https78mediatumblrcom054ed98db8d99065bb0c2d5edafdf864tumblr_inline_p5xi81rWN21sp5650_500gif data-orig-height=130 data-orig-width=240><figure><p><b>Brooks<b> … and I also gave him my voice in a song in “The Producers”<p> <p><b>SPIEGEL<b> How does it feel for a <b>JEW<b> to slip into the skin of his greatest enemy? <p> <p><b>Brooks<b> It is an inverted seizure of power For many years Hitler was the most powerful man in the world and almost destroyed us <p> <h2>To posses this power and turn it against him -– it is simply alluring <h2> <p><i>Interview conducted by Lars-Olav Beier<i><p> <h2>&ltImagine being able to stand up to Great Evil by laughing in its face<h2> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=118 data-orig-width=210><img src=https78mediatumblrcoma79626891f6befc1cdd796f032952869tumblr_inline_p5xi808Qxb1sp5650_500gif data-orig-height=118 data-orig-width=210><figure><p>Meanwhile the UK is going full Orwell<p> <p>What I wouldn’t give for a Mel Brooks to lead Lewis Black Jerry Seinfeld Richard Lewis Larry David Jon Stewart Billy Crystal Ben &amp Jerry Stiller Garry Shandling Sacha Baron Cohen Lisa Lampanelli and Robert Klein in a conga line of Nazi jokes outside of British Parliament<p> <p>I’m not really going anywhere with this but I just think it would be hilarious <p> <p>Also such an event would need a proper host and I can only think of one choice<p> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=134 data-orig-width=240><img src=https78mediatumblrcombec1c6c06b335123340a94175c5b2cfatumblr_inline_p5xi82H2BL1sp5650_500gif data-orig-height=134 data-orig-width=240><figure><blockquote> <p>Personal favorite will ALWAYS be John Cleese…<p> <figure class=tmblr-embed tmblr-full data-provider=youtube data-orig-width=459 data-orig-height=344 data-url=https%3A%2F%2Fwwwyoutubecom%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DvlmGknvr_Pg><iframe width=540 height=405 id=youtube_iframe src=httpswwwyoutubecomembedvlmGknvr_Pg?feature=oembed&ampenablejsapi=1&amporigin=httpssafetxmblrcom&ampwmode=opaque frameborder=0 allow=autoplay encrypted-media allowfullscreen=><iframe><figure><blockquote> <p>Always<p> <blockquote> <p>Mel Brooks is my hero but that black Hitler joke MADE MY FUCKING DAY<p> <blockquote> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=598 data-orig-width=649><img src=https78mediatumblrcom741893db579a951a6efa891de4345bf4tumblr_inline_p5y292RoPA1rkd5oa_500jpg data-orig-height=598 data-orig-width=649><figure><blockquote> <p>Cameron Pierce “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” is a bizarre fiction book that turns the SS into walking asses<p> <blockquote> <p>always mock hitler always<p> <blockquote> <figure class=tmblr-embed tmblr-full data-provider=youtube data-orig-width=459 data-orig-height=344 data-url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutube%2F8c1GhbpObv0><iframe width=540 height=405 id=youtube_iframe src=httpswwwyoutubecomembed8c1GhbpObv0?feature=oembed&ampenablejsapi=1&amporigin=httpssafetxmblrcom&ampwmode=opaque frameborder=0 allow=autoplay encrypted-media allowfullscreen=><iframe><figure><blockquote> <p>People keep forgetting the power of humor <p> <blockquote> <p>They are too busy being addicted to outrage <p> <h2><b><i>On an unrelated note………<i><b><h2> <figure class=tmblr-full data-orig-height=215 data-orig-width=500><img src=https78mediatumblrcom2c5f7fba5d805164566b53ee88ee94fbtumblr_inline_p5ya7pSA2A1sp5650_540gif data-orig-height=215 data-orig-width=500><figure><p>Its all about the Brooks baby<p> <blockquote> <p>Thank God Brooks made the movies when he did they’d never be made today<p><blockquote> <p>Laughter is a very powerful weapon against rage hatred and madness and even more powerful tool of love and healing<p><p>Most kids don’t get that when they’re making angry bitter hateful bad jokes as a “ coping mechanism” Coping isn’t feeding the poison in your heart Coping it’s simply coming to terms with it well real healing tries to clean that poison from your very soul<p><blockquote> <p>Make jokes about Nazis Make fun of Nazis Make jokes about Hitler Mock Nazis That robs them of their power Being too afraid to speak of them only makes them feel stronger<p><p>“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself”-Dumbledore<p><p>For people who constantly reference Harry Potter I would think that lesson would’ve sunk in<p> Meme

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