Grammar Nazis Attack!

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Hattip to commenter RL.  Content advisory as to one incident of Nazi like nihilistic violence at the end.   (Go here to view the video, as the embedding has been disabled since I drafted the post.)

Some people think it is in bad taste to use Nazis in a humorous fashion.  I respectfully disagree.  Laughing at the Nazis is one of the best ways to remember them on the ash heap of history.  Too often they are given almost demonic status as avatars of evil which is precisely the wrong way to remember them.  I agree with the late Werner Klemperer, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who served in the US Army during WW2.  Decades after the war he would play the bumbling Colonel Klink on the television show Hogan’s Heroes.  Klemperer said that he would go to his grave happy knowing that he had helped make the Nazis look ridiculous.

Of course Hitler is not amused which is rather the point.  Content advisory:  Hitler uses extremely rough language, but what else can we expect of Hitler?

Hitler and his followers dreamed of a thousand year reich.  They believed that they were reshaping the future of all of mankind.  Ending up as the butt of humor is the worst fate that any true believing Nazi could have envisioned for his movement.

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5 Comments

  1. All I have to say about mocking Hitler/Nazis is Springtime for Hitler (The Producers, any version), Hitler on Ice (History of the World Pt 1 preview for Pt 2) & both versions of To Be or Not to Be.

  2. Those Hitler videos are hilarious. I have only seen a couple episodes of Hogan’s Heroes reruns, but that T.V. show is a funny too.

    Humor is good for the soul.

  3. Don’t forget Spike Jones’s contribution to Nazi ridicule, “In Der Fuhrer’s Face,” and Flannagan and Allen’s “We’re Gonna Hang out the Washing on the Seigfried line.” As WWII-era comics knew, laughter is an effective weapon.

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