The Horror And The Haha
I recently saw The Last Laugh, a documentary about how humor has been derived from Nazis and the Holocaust. The filmmakers interviewed a lot of comedians, including Mel Brooks, Gilbert Gottfried and Sarah Silverman. (Silverman has done a lot of Holocaust humor, but then, that's pretty much her act--a cute girl who says outrageous things, seemingly unaware they're offensive.)
The film was a big hit, and won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Benigni. I've never felt strongly about it either way, but I can see the problem. While the film features plenty of comedy, the story doesn't work unless you take the threat of the Nazis seriously. But the film ends up prettifying the Holocaust--the father and son would have had it much harder. A schmaltzy story inside the greatest horror of modern times is an odd mix.