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    another example, a direct slice of galgenhumor (gallows humor):

    During the days of oppression and poverty of the Russian shtetls, one village had a rumor going around: a Christian girl was found murdered near their village. Fearing a pogrom, they gathered at the synagogue.

    Suddenly, the rabbi came running up, and cried, “Wonderful news! The murdered girl was Jewish!”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_humor