From the Borsch Belt to Broadway, Mel Brooks has spent a career spotting ‘the insane in the commonplace.’
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When writing about Mel Brooks the temptation is to try and be as funny, as just plain nuts as your subject. That’s a sucker play, so even thought it might look appealing, only a mug would try to compete with the subject of Robert Trachtenberg’s long overdue PBS documentary “Mel Brooks:
‘50 Children’ documents the improbable Shoah story of Philadelphia’s Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus.
Growing up in the 1960s in New York City and Connecticut, Liz Perle, who later worked in the publishing industry here, heard some vague stories about her grandparents’ exploits in Europe the year before World War II broke out.