Photo: Sasson Tiram
Flug. Survivors offended
Photo: Sasson Tiram

Hitler parody video enrages survivors

Movie depicting Nazi dictator going ballistic over Tel Aviv's parking problem offends Holocaust survivors, who ask YouTube to take it off immediately

A controversial humoristic video depicting Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler throwing a fit after getting a parking ticket from the Tel Aviv Municipality has angered Holocaust survivors who asked YouTube to remove the video immediately.


Although its creators stressed that it was produced for satirical purposes and should be viewed with humor, Noah Flug, chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors, demanded that the video be taken off the site due to of its offensive content.


"Holocaust survivors watched the material and were simply appalled, saying they cannot believe Israeli Jews would do such a thing. This is unbelievable," an official at the center told Ynet.


Scene from the video


"Making cynical use of matters related to symbols of the Shoah is unacceptable, its time for it to stop," the official added. "This is very offensive to the survivors, some take it very hard… it should be kept in mind that these are old people who underwent extremely traumatic experiences."


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The video in question and similar videos that have been posted on YouTube, use scenes from the movie "Downfall", which depicts Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker, and add to them false Hebrew subtitles that change the original meaning of the German dialogue.


For instance, one of the videos shows the dictator flying into a rage due to the many problems caused by the Windows Vista software to his computer; while in another he is seen reacting in dismay to the final results of Israeli reality show "Big Brother."


As expected, the videos drew strong responses from viewers, some of whom expressed shock, while others claimed the movies were "hilarious."


The Google-owned YouTube website allows surfers to mark videos they perceive as offensive and often removes problematic movies, although sometimes only temporarily.


פרסום ראשון: 02.19.09, 00:34
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