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Shoah Outtake with Inge Deutschkron

"Perhaps this was the only way to live..."

Remembering the Role of Humor in Survival

Inge Deutschkron was a teenager in Berlin when the Nazis' anti-Jewish policies banned Jews from many public places and subjected them to daily harrassment by Stormtroopers and police. In this interview, she recalls how laughter helped to relieve the strain caused by Nazi persecution. 

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Feder, Sami, photo of Performance of Azoy hot es zikh ongehoybn (This is How it Began), Kazet Theater 1947

Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust

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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

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