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When Mel Brooks made Hitler a laughing stock!

The veteran entertainer purportedly aims at getting even with the Nazi dictator's ruthlessness by ridiculing him in his musical The Producers.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 19:03 IST

Veteran entertainer Mel Brooks created his hit musical The Producers to take a swipe at Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Brooks who saw first-hand the devastation caused by the Fuhrer’s well oiled fighting machinery in Europe during WWII, and spent the subsequent year de-mining places in Germany and Belgium, said that the only way to get back at the Nazi leader was to make him a subject of ridicule.

"Hitler was part of this incredible idea that you could put Jews in concentration camps and kill them. "How do you get even? How do you get even with the man? "There's only one way to get even - you have to bring him down with ridicule, because if you stand on a soapbox and you match him with rhetoric, you're just as bad as he is,” Contactmusic quoted Brooks as saying.

"But if you can make people laugh at him, you're one up on him. One of my lifelong jobs has been to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler," he added.