Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  


Holocaust Humor: Satirical Sketches in "Eretz Nehederet

Liat Steir-Livny 2014

Humor Mekuvvan: A Research Journal in Humor Studies

For many years, Israeli culture recoiled from dealing with the Holocaust from these perspectives. The perception was that a humorous approach to the Holocaust might threaten the sanctity of its memory, or evoke feelings of disrespect towards the subject and hurt survivors' feelings. Official agents of Holocaust memory continue to follow this approach, but from the 1990s, a new unofficial path of memory began taking shape in tandem. It is an alternative and subversive path that seeks to remember, albeit differently. Texts that combine the Holocaust with humor, satire and parody are a major aspect of this new memory. The article analyses skits from the successful Israeli satire It's a Wonderful Country [Eretz nehederet] (Keshet Productions, Channel 2-Keshet, 2003- present) and checks if they really subvert under the canonical memory of the Holocaust or rather support it.

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Israeli culture, Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, Israeli TV, Holocaust, TV humor, Black humor, Gallows Humor, Holocaust humor, Holocaust satire.


Steir-Livny, Liat. "Holocaust Humor: Satirical Sketches in "Eretz Nehederet". Humor Mekuvvan: A Research Journal in Humor Studies. 3, 2014, pp.6-18 [Hebrew].

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