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mel brooks


What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Just a Little Too Nazi

The Jewish Nazi Film That Was Too Nazi for the Jews

By On October 22, 2014

  What could scream “zeitgeist” louder than a 1942 American comedy about a troupe of Polish actors who use their knack for disguise to fool Nazis? Though it was the season for… Read More


The Fifteen Commandments

By On May 25, 2012

“All pay heed!” cries Mel Brooks, playing Moses in History of the World, Part I–“The Lord has given unto you these Fifteen Commandments!” He promptly drops one tablet, which shatters. Without missing a beat, Moses… Read More


Rock Against the Nazis

By On October 17, 2011

Holocaust survivors have manifested the trauma and tragedy of life under Nazism in all different ways. Some have created works of literature, moving films, or symphonies. French pop star Serge Gainsbourg went a different route–he… Read More


The French Mime Who Smuggled Jewish Children to Swiss Safety

By On September 1, 2011

As a teenager in wartime France, Marcel Mangel helped fight Nazis in unusual ways–he doctored the passports of Jewish children, making them seem younger so they weren’t sent to labor camps. He also dressed… Read More