Do you get to laugh about Nazis? In the 1970s, Holocaust survivor Edgar Hilsenrath wrote a satire about the Nazi regime and its victims: "The Nazi and the Barber."
Memorial days, monuments: Every nation recalls its history. For most Germans, the past is a source of shame, as DW's Dana Regev from Israel has learned.
Hans Calmeyer's hometown is grappling with how to memorialize a former Nazi functionary with an "ambivalent" wartime past. To some, he saved more Jews than Oskar Schindler; to others, he signed death warrants.
The history of the Shoah as a dark comedy of mistaken identities told by a mass murderer. After 60 rejections, and only after success in the US, Hilsenrath's controversial novel was finally published in Germany in 1977.
Too many Germans believe that the Holocaust has nothing to do with their own family story, says Jewish filmmaker Sharon Ryba-Kahn. Seventy-five years after the end World War II, it's time to ask difficult questions.
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