Tuesday, June 17, 2014

World War I humor for German troops at the front

This is one of the craziest things I've ever seen, and that's saying a lot. This is from a German magazine provided to troops for relaxation and entertainment during WWI. Dated June 19, 1915, this is from the Humor column, of Die Wacht im Osten

And the little anecdote is, a very pious Jewish guy goes to the Wonder-rabbi of Sadagora and asks him who is going to win the war. The rabbi replies, God - Gott. "Gott," asks the man. "Explain it to me?" The rabbi replies, yes, Gott - it stands for G/ermanen O/sterreicher and T/uerkishchen T/rupen.

Before Jenny McCarthy

This was printed on December 19, 1896 in the Daily Mail.

For more info about the reception of vaccines among Jews, see Ruderman, David B. "Some Jewish Responses to Smallpox Prevention in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: A New Perspective on the Modernization of European Jewry." Aleph (2002): 111-144.

Cholent nostalgia, 1929

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Vintage Agudath Israel

Regardless of your politics or religious affiliation, I think you'll agree, that this is the funniest subheadline, maybe, ever. 

Because it's from 1914.

Feb. 13, 1914, the Jewish Advocate.

An affair that made a great noise in Amsterdam

This is 1762, and what happened was, a bunch of Jews beat up a Calvinist apostate Jew in Amsterdam. As it happens, he was a sailor, and his fellow sailors went ashore to beat up the Jews who beat up the sailor. However, they were outnumbered, and were beaten up by even more Jews.  

From The London Chronicle, Or, Universal Evening Post.


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