Two decades after Nazis deported Jews for mass extermination in Germany and Europe, one of the major architects of the Holocaust stood in a Jerusalem courtroom behind bulletproof glass.
German newspapers reported on the 1961 trial of SS Lt. Col. Adolf Eichmann and called for information on anyone who might have helped in the systematic slaughter. But most Germans stayed silent and everything became more difficult. Only 16 years since Auschwitz had been liberated, how else could it be?
Then a book by Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon was translated and published in Germany. While the world was discussing Mr. Eichmann’s guilt, Germans were reading “Look Back, Mrs. Lot” – and laughing about something that Jews found funny too.