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Saturday 9th June 2007
21:10 to 22:10
Storyville: Laughing With Hitler - Ve Hav Veys Of Making You Laugh.
Documentary which examines the history of the Third Reich through the jokes told by and about the Nazis and the fate that befell some of the joke tellers. In the early days of the Nazi era, jokes about Hitler were punishable as treason, and during the war they were even seen as unpatriotic, a crime punishable by death. Cabaret artiste, Werner Finck, was imprisoned in a concentration camp, but then released, while actor Fritz Muliar's anti-Hitler jokes landed him in a penal battalion in Russia. The humour here is dark: a survey of the antiNazi jokes that surfaced, rather than flourished, under Hitler and a horrible potted history of the deaths and prison sentences suffered by the jokers themselves.