Courtesy: The Holocaust Teacher Resource Centre – Humour in the Holocaust
“One of the first actions of the new Nazi government was the creation of a “Law against treacherous attacks on the state and party and for the protection of the party uniform.”
As Hermann Goering reminded the Academy of German Law, telling a joke could be an act against the Führer and the state. Under this law, telling and listening to anti-Nazi jokes were acts of treason. Several people were even put on trial for naming dogs and horses “Adolf.” Between 1933 and 1945, five thousand death sentences were handed down by the “People’s Court” for treason, a large number of them for anti-Nazi humor.
One of those executed was Josef Müller, a Catholic priest who had told two of his parishioners the following story:
“A fatally wounded German soldier asked his chaplain to grant one final wish. “Place a picture of Hitler on one side of me, and a picture of Goering on the other side. That way I can die like Jesus, between two thieves.”
The indictment against Müller called this joke “one of the most vile and most dangerous attacks directed on our confidence in our Führer. . . . It is a betrayal of the people, the Führer, and the Reich.”
Clearly even the Nazi’s would be proud of Section 13(1). It is legislation which upholds the spirit of fascism in both its old and new variants.
13.. (1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.
Oh and for the record. I support Kate of SDA – the Kinsella Prank may not be to everyone’s taste but Kate is a supporter of Israel and in no way an anti-semite. I mean after all this isn’t Nazi Germany is it? Where people can be condemned for telling a joke? Hmm could be… if some had their way.