May 26, 2011

Rudolph Herzog wrote Dead Funny as a way of addressing his grandparents' Nazism


Interviewed at The Guardian about his new book Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany, author Rudolph Herzog talks about how he wrote the book partly as a way of confronting his own family’s involvement in Hitler’s Third Reich:

“Except for my grandfather on my mother’s side, all of my grandparents were staunch Nazis,” [Herzog] says. “On my father’s side, [they were] even active in a way. The book is my way of breaking it down.” He says that many were sceptical about the project, worrying that it would trivialise its subject matter: “I wasn’t sure if the Germans would stomach it, but they did . . . I think every generation of Germans has to break it down for themselves in some way.”