Nazi parody aims to break German taboo

Thu Oct 9, 2008 10:30am EDT
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By Josie Cox

BERLIN (Reuters) - A made-in-Germany Nazi satire which parodies 1981 submarine epic "Das Boot" will try to prove the Third Reich is no longer taboo terrain for German comedians.

In director Sven Unterwaldt's "U-900," comedian Atze Schroeder stars as a German forced to flee Nazi Germany after being caught in flagrante with a Nazi bigwig's daughter, whose life he later manages to save by hijacking "U-Boot 900."

The spoof, which premieres across Germany Thursday, is not the first to take a tragicomic approach to the Nazis.

Last year, Jewish director Dani Levy's "My Fuehrer -- The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler," was panned by critics even though it had an unexpectedly strong box office run.

The Hitler satire basked in massive media attention for weeks because of its tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Hitler as a drug-addicted bed-wetter.

Schroeder, a fast-talking former newsstand owner who recently became one of Germany's most popular stand-up comedians, said he was fully aware of the country's post-war trauma over the Holocaust.

"Making Nazis look foolish -- that's something honorable for a comedian even in this day and age," Schroeder told German magazine TV Spielfilm.

"It's not a history lesson but rather it's just a comedy about a guy who manages to get himself out of just about every possible jam you could imagine."   Continued...