Comedian claims train joke 'anti-Nazi'

RAYBON KAN: The comedian posted a joke on Twitter which offended some in the Jewish community.
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RAYBON KAN: The comedian posted a joke on Twitter which offended some in the Jewish community.

Comedian Raybon Kan is defending a Holocaust joke as "anti-Nazi" rather than making fun of Jewish victims.

Kan sparked outrage from Jewish groups after he suggested Germans should run Auckland's transport system due to their experience during the Holocaust.

The comment was made on Wednesday in reference to the transport chaos that marred the opening World Cup match in Auckland.

"Maybe Adidas should run Auckland public transport. Nice German company. They should know how to load thousands onto trains," he tweeted.

Millions of Jewish people were killed under Germany's Nazi regime.

Wellington Council of Christians and Jews secretary Dave Moskovitz said he hoped to speak to Kan about the offensive joke.

"When a third of your people were wiped out in one go it's hard to find anything about the Holocaust funny."

"I lost family in the holocaust and there's still people around who were in those camps, and some of those people live in New Zealand."

Joking about the holocaust was never appropriate, much like a joke about rape would be considered bad-taste, he said.

Although offended by the remark, Moskovitz did not think the tweet should be deleted.

"While Raybon's comedy is inappropriate and insulting, I think we should go around respecting people's freedom of speech."

Kan has told his Twitter followers it was an anti-Nazi tweet.

"[I'm] certainly not making fun of their victims."

He said if he had enough people upset by his comment he would consider deleting the tweet and apologising.

Many of the people responding to Kan online supported the joke.

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