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April 27, 2016

Renee Firestone lived through the Holocaust with her sense of humor intact

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 7:31 am
Renee Firestone as she looks today

Renee Firestone today

The title of my blog post today is a line from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.jta.org/2016/04/26/arts-entertainment/new-documentary-asks-if-were-ready-to-laugh-at-the-holocaust

You can hear Renee speak in this YouTube video:

I have previously blogged about Renee Firestone at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/renee-firestones-shoah-testimony/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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“The Last Laugh,” which was a featured documentary at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, is a hybrid in other ways as well. Director Ferne Pearlstein wanted to explore not only the limits of humor and free speech today, but how Shoah victims and survivors used humor as a salve, defense mechanism and weapon despite their powerlessness.

At a Nevada survivors’ convention filmed in the incongruous setting of The Venetian resort in Las Vegas, one survivor recalls how his fellow concentration camp inmates would mock the SS guards’ latest orders. Contemporary footage shot at the Theresienstadt concentration camp shows inmates performing comic skits and a children’s opera with apparent gusto. We now know that the Nazis allowed these theatricals for their own propaganda purposes, and that many of the performers were subsequently murdered at Auschwitz. But survivors tell of the relief, however temporary, provided by the performances.

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9 Comments »

  1. “Shoah victims and survivors used humor as a salve, defense mechanism and weapon despite their powerlessness.”

    Oh, is that right? Well, if the victims and survivors like a bit of humor – then how about this;-

    Doctor Mengele was sitting in his surgery early one morning with his foot in great pain. On his way into work he had stumbled into one of those wretched shrunken heads that was being used as a doorstop, and which had been foolishly left lying on the floor in the middle of the darkened corridor by the slave cleaners .

    But he was already in the dog-house with Frau Mengele back at home, because he had given her, what he had thought as a beautiful birthday present – a delightful handbag made out of genuine human skin. This had been manufactured in Auschwitz by his own hand-picked Jewish craftsmen.

    However, his wife immediately burst into a fierce rage when she found out what material it was made out of. “What a disgusting, obscene gift to give anyone” she spluttered, “Do you really think that I’m going to carry this around with me?”

    “But my dear little apple strudel”, he pleaded, ” Just look at the exquisite stitching, and the embossed swastika on the front”.

    “Don’t try and sweet-talk me”, she snapped, “my mother always warned me about you. She said you were a wrong ‘un, and that we should never have got married. She calls you the Angel of Death, and I believe that’s the same nickname that the inmates use behind your back in Auschwitz itself.”

    Frau Mengele continued her outburst, “My mother has never forgiven you for sending her that mattress last Christmas full of Jewish female hair. You didn’t even wash and fumigate the hair properly – it was crawling with insects, bugs and lice, and when she woke up itching next morning, her whole body was covered in scratches, sores and blisters”.

    “My fragrant little alpine Edelweiss”, he began, “that really wasn’t my fault. What happened was…”

    But Frau Mengele was in no mood to listen to his protestations. “For my birthday last year, you gave me a bedside lampshade. And that was also made out of human skin. But you great bunch of dumpkopfs had included skin displaying the inmates tattoos as well. I bet that Ilsa Koch had something to do with the design of those lampshades – she needs locking up in a lunatic asylum; as indeed do you! We all know about those cruel, barbaric experiments that you perform on those poor twins.”

    Doctor Mengele interrupt her by exclaiming, ” they are not cruel and barbaric, because I use lots of anaesthetic and so they don’t feel any pain at all. What I’m doing is simply carrying out scientific research by surgically removing their heads and sewing them on back-to-front on each others torsos. These experiments maybe a little unorthodox – unconventional even, but the twins always still call me Uncle Josef with genuine affection.”

    Frau Mengele gave him a long withering stare, before replying slowly and coldly, ” Yes, but even Winston Churchill calls Stalin ‘Uncle Joe’, so can we assume that while communist Russia has an Uncle Josef, we also have one here in Nazi Germany – namely…You!”

    The chastened Doctor Mengele tried to reason with her again, “My dear, sweet, liebfraumilch, we are doing all this for the Fuhrer’s One Thousand Year Reich, and in the next thousand years we hope to…”

    But she cut him short, by indignantly snorting;- “one thousand years? – well let me tell you here and now that YOU will certainly be remembered in a thousand years time, because the Jews won’t stop talking about you.”

    And with that, she marched out of the room and slammed the door.

    Now, in his surgery, the pain in his foot was beginning to subside, and he glanced down at the human pelvic ashtray on his desk, where lay a half-finished cigar from the day before. He wearily picked this up, lit it, then laid back comfortably in his chair, and thought to himself with a sigh;- “Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet – the mild cigar from the old German tobacconist Benzon & Hedgiz.

    Comment by Talbot — April 27, 2016 @ 9:51 am

    • Look up “Mad Magazine;Hochmans Heros”. It’s a spoof on the holo. It’s a 2 page comic spoof. It’s funny as hell. If not that we can always go with,”what’s a Jewish woman’s idea of foreplay? 30 minutes of begging”, type jokes.

      Comment by Tim — April 27, 2016 @ 10:25 am

        • The irony is,the Jew jokes I’ve heard,have all come from Jews . Even the ,”what’s the difference between a pizza and a Jew “, joke.

          Comment by Tim — April 27, 2016 @ 10:44 am

          • For those who don’t know the “pizza and a Jew” joke: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=the+jew+and+the+pizza+joke

            This joke is based on the lie that Jews were shoved into the cremation ovens alive.

            Comment by furtherglory — April 27, 2016 @ 11:42 am

            • When I first heard the jokes years ago,I thought it was funny as hell. Now I’m finding out a lot of what I thought were facts about the holo,are basically stories that would make good horror movies. If they ever quit making movies about zombie nazis. Oh yeah. We gotta ditch the Rod Serling twilight zone episode,where the ex nazi visited a Jew prison and was frightened to death by the ghosts of Jews. Funny thing about that episode. The main Jew boy of that nazi camp,came across as being sympathetic towards the ex nazi soldier,while he watched him die. Sympathy from the Jew. Guess that’s why Twilight Zone falls in the “science fiction “category .

              Comment by Tim — April 27, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

  2. Las Vegas? Jews are gonna ruin that for everyone. Vegas is where you go to piss away the kids college money. You go to Vegas to forget reality exists. Now the Jews are gonna ruin that for everyone. Then again,everything is make believe in Vegas. Guess the Jews would fit in with their fairy tales.

    Comment by Tim — April 27, 2016 @ 8:54 am

  3. they still crack me up!!

    On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 7:31 AM, Scrapbookpages Blog wrote:

    > furtherglory posted: ” The title of my blog post today is a line from a > news article, which you can read in full at > http://www.jta.org/2016/04/26/arts-entertainment/new-documentary-asks-if-were-ready-to-laugh-at-the-holocaust > You can hear Renee speak in this YouTube video: ” >

    Comment by heinzhb@gmail.com — April 27, 2016 @ 8:06 am

  4. She is just another Holohuckster that probably made some good money on her lies. I actually look at people like her and laugh, how silly they are and how stupid they are to think think that we goyim
    Are going to believe their made up horror stories. Most of the stories from so-called Holojoax survivors are based on lies or at least half-truths the only thing they had right was they were in some camp some of them don’t even know what camp they were in.
    What’s sad about people like her is the kids listen to her and come out with a complete whacked out of view of what happened so they’re really doing a disservice in the Educational Systems.
    In the end they had their few minutes of fame and they really don’t care what the truth is they are so used to lyin it becomes truth to themit’s become ingrained in their lives they don’t know any better.

    JR

    Comment by jrizoli — April 27, 2016 @ 8:05 am


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