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The first ever history of humour directed at the Nazis: from the anti-Nazi theatre scene of the 20s and 30s, to jokes told during WWII, to the cracks told about Hitler in Germany today. In the light of the horrors he committed, many people in Germany still find difficulty and distaste in laughing at Hitler - indeed, those who do are often accused of trivialising the Holocaust. But there is a long history of telling jokes about the Nazis. Collected by acclaimed director Rudolph Herzog, Dead Funny chronicles this fascinating and often frightening history.
In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed author of Dead Funny, presents a devastating account of history's most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely discussed nightmare of "Broken Arrows" (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to "Operation Plowshare" (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs) . . . Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster.Digging deep into archives, interviewing censored scientists, and including dozens of photos, Herzog also explores the "accidental" drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a train conductor's home, the implanting of plutonium into patients' hearts, and the invention of wild tactical nukes, including weapons designed to kill enemy astronauts.Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog--the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog--also draws on childhood memories of the final period of the Cold War in Germany, the country once seen as the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and discusses evidence that Nazi scientists knew how to make atomic weaponry ... and chose not to. An unprecedented people's history.
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