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Who said Germans had no sense of humour?

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7 hours ago, spygirl said:


Im awaiting the new Palmolive Anne Frank soap ...

And the stylish range of Habitat lamp shades.




Anne Frank also represented "peaceful co-existence of different cultures, which is more important than ever in times such as this", she said.



If at first you don't succeed.

Did she ever claim to represent that.  I'm not saying she would have been against it of course.

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5 hours ago, Charles Carter said:

German Humour?  Best watch Toni Erdmann. That is great.

Or Henning Wehn; the German Comedy Ambassador to Britain.

Best line: We are always hearing how the British have the best sense of humour in Europe; from the British. Well when it comes to humour we think of Britain like you think of Liverpool.

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The lamp shades is another persistent example of how some memorable 'wanking in a plant pot' style tale of wibble always works on an unquestioning and credulous population. You have to hand it to them they know what their audience likes. Also note the effective use of alliteration 'Bitch of Buchenwald' - often a Ministry of Information at work red flag see Jihadi John, White Widow etc. etc.


On 8 June 1948 after she had served two years of her sentence, Gen. Lucius D. Clay, the interim military governor of the American Zone in Germany, reduced the judgment to four years' imprisonment on the grounds "there was no convincing evidence that she had selected inmates for extermination in order to secure tattooed skins, or that she possessed any articles made of human skin".[15]

News of the reduced sentence did not become public until 16 September 1948. Despite the ensuing uproar, Clay stood firm. Jean Edward Smith in his biography, Lucius D. Clay: An American Life, reported that the general maintained the leather lamp shades were really made out of goat skin. The book quotes a statement made by Clay years later:

There was absolutely no evidence in the trial transcript, other than she was a rather loathsome creature, that would support the death sentence. I suppose I received more abuse for that than for anything else I did in Germany. Some reporter had called her the "Bitch of Buchenwald", had written that she had lamp shades made of human skin in her house. And that was introduced in court, where it was absolutely proven that the lampshades were made out of goatskin. In addition to that, her crimes were primarily against the German people; they were not war crimes against American or Allied prisoners ... Later she was tried by a German court for her crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment. But they had clear jurisdiction. We did not.


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