‘Did You Hear the One About Hitler?’


General Culture

“But by the end of [World War II], a joke could get you killed [in Germany]. A Berlin munitions worker, identified only as Marianne Elise K., was convicted of undermining the war effort ‘through spiteful remarks’ and executed in 1944 for telling this one: Hitler and Göring are standing on top of Berlin’s radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to cheer up the people of Berlin. ‘Why don’t you just jump?’ suggests Göring. A fellow worker overheard her telling the joke and reported her to the authorities.” - story