An empire of shaming: Reading Nazi Germany through the violence of laughter

26.11.2020, Vortrag, online

Survivors of the Shoah have often described how the SS liked to define torturing practices during the genocide as ‘jokes‘. The paper discusses the systematic presence of derisive laughter in Nazi Germany and discusses its meanings as a way both to act out understandings of Germanness and to ‘justify’ violence.

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