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On TV, there was virtually nothing Hanukkah-related to compare to the annual Christmas hits. And when I thought about Jewish families, and especially their kids, this seemed like a serious lack.
|America's most loveable Nazis, Col. Klink, Sgt. Shultz, sec'y Fräulein Helga (Hogan's Heroes).|
Ladies and (merry) gentlemen, I give you: Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass' 1970 masterwork Santa Claus is Comin' to Town: an origin myth for Santa and almost as Jewish thematically as the annual Chabad telethon.
|Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger|
The scariest moments in the special are when the Burgermeister's minions gather up Santa's first toys just after they're delivered and then burn them in front of the children they were meant for, the way the Nazis burned books at Wartburg.
And he's increasingly a freedom fighter, bringing toys to the children despite the Burgermeister's anti-toy decrees.
Important to note: the Burgermeister is one of the few villains ever created by teleplay writer Romeo Mueller who isn't redeemed in some way. Mueller wrote the script for the Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer special, too, and you probably remember what a softie the abominable snowman [Yeti] turned out to be. But even cartoon Nazis couldn't be forgiven so easily. More + AUDIO
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