February 25, 2013
Laughing at the Holocaust in Israel
David Regev, Haaretz
In one of their best-known recurring subjects, the cast of the satirical Israeli television program “Eretz Nehederet” (“A Wonderful Country”) portrays a group of high-school students on a visit to a Nazi death camp in Poland. They inject humor into the memorial ceremony and tour of the atrocity-filled site in which the teens participate. While the skits amused many viewers, they angered and offended more than a few, who asked: How dare a humor and satire program poke fun at the Holocaust and its symbols? These skits unintentionally exposed the rawest nerve in Israeli society, Holocaust humor. Ostensibly, humor and the Holocaust are mutually exclusive subjects that can never meet. The Holocaust is the very essence of human evil that threatened to...
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