Some topics are so horrible and beyond comprehension that there is no ‘good way’ to talk about them that will leave all listeners feeling comfortable. Some of these topics still do need to be examined and acknowledged for contemplation. Jerry Lewis is/was first of all, an entertainer, later a director and producer. The motion picture was his mode of presenting his ideas. I have no doubt the movie is tasteless and caustically absurd, but, I don’t think he made it to be hurtful. Jerry knows this will always be a difficult point of history to admit we lived through. AT his age, he doesn’t want the backlash from people who don’t appreciate his technique of telling the story. Similar events of reluctant musicians playing Wagner for the Nazis did happen.
***I have no doubt the movie is tasteless and caustically absurd,***
Remember the audience reaction to the Springtime For Hitler song and dance in THE PRODUCERS with Zero Mostel?
He fled to Holland, but eventually wound up in Theresienstadt, where the Nazis forced him to direct a movie about how "wonderful" life was there. Once filming was finished, he was sent to Auschwitz and gassed.
remember: “Lewis clown decides to voluntarily enter the gas chambers himself “
It would be horrible beyond belief to have to entertain children before they are killed. I dont think Lewis meant this to be a light-hearted look at concentration camps.
If I was that clown I would have to do that same thing.