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Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  

ARTICLEs

Holocaust humor, satire, and parody on Israeli television

Liat Steir-Livny 2015

Jewish Film and New Media

The politicization of the Holocaust has been reflected in Israeli culture from the late 1940s in cinema, literature, theater, and poetry; in the last several decades, it has also been depicted on Israeli television. Most of the representations of the Holocaust in the first decades of Israel's existence were dramatic. But from the 1990s onward, Israelis also began to address the subject through satire. The case studies in this article focus on the satirical skits performed on episodes of The Chamber Quintet (Hahamishia Hakamerit; Matar Productions, Channel 2-Tela'ad, Channel 1, 1993-1997) and Wonderful Country (Eretz Nehederet; Keshet Productions, Channel 2-Keshet, 2003-2014). Diverging from arguments that these humorous skits addressing the Holocaust disrespect the Holocaust and its survivors, this article maintains that they instead articulate the powerful position the Holocaust holds as a constituting event in the consciousness and identity of younger generations in Israel

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Keywords:

Israeli culture, Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, Holocaust, Holocaust humor, black humor, gallows humor, Holocaust satire

Reference:

Steir-Livny, Liat. "Holocaust humor, satire, and parody on Israeli television". Jewish Film and New Media. 3/2, Fall 2015, 2015, pp. 193-219.

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