According to South Park, tragedies take 22.3 years before jokes about them are funny. These Holocaust jokes, however, seem to need a little more time…
“I would like to take the opportunity to remember all the billions of fleas and lice that lost their lives in German gas chambers, without having done anything wrong other than settling on persons of Jewish background.” — Otto Jespersen (Norway)
“‘Jews are much smarter now…They have spread across the world. Try rounding them up! Most are in America so you cannot send them by train to Germany to die in gas chambers.]!” — Philippe Geubels (Belgium)
Must be a nuance lost in translation. Otto Jerspersen (not to be confused with the famous Danish linguist) a while back burned a tanach on live TV (he later refused to do the same to a Koran citing fears that he wouldn’t live past a week!) As best Muffti can tell, here’s Otto dressed as a Nazi. Anyone care to translate:
Jewish groups have been upset about both comedians, not surprisingly. Muffti would like to see some more evidence; not everything not funny is worth decrying as offensive. Happy hannukah!