As a frequent reader of WWII / Holocaust literature and history I regarded this film with a great deal of skepticism. Humor and the Third Reich seem mutually exclusive to me. I should have remembered Charlie Chaplin's spoof of the Nazis in "The Great Dictator" and the Cabaret / Joel Grey song "If You Could See Her With My Eyes". The first half of the film I kept waiting to like it, but I was won over by the second half. There are certainly scenes of complete sadness and violence, but in the midst of these is laugh out loud humor. When the Reich is finally collapsing with the arrival of the Americans you both grieve for and laugh at the boys who are 10 or 11 years old sent to be the final sacrifice. I was curious about the director. Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is from the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori, and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. His ethnic background as a person of mixed race certainly means that he knows about prejudice and exclusion.. I recommend the film. Loved the Beatles song "I want to hold your hand" in German. Great music.
Kristi & Abby Tabby