Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lost in Translation

Ted Koppel of ABC and Rick Kaplan, his executive producer, are laughing at a misunderstanding which has just occurred with a friendly Kremlin functionary. The official approached the Americans and wished them a Happy Christmas. With a straight face Kaplan, who is Jewish, replied, "To me you will have to say "Happy Hanukkah". "Why would I have to say 'Happy Honecker'? asked the official, puzzled. The Americans bust out laughing at the official's assumption the Kaplan is referring to Erich Honecker, who fled to Moscow after the fall of the Berlin Wall two years earlier.

The Last Day of the Soviet Union
Moscow December 25, 1991
Conor O'Clery
Public Affairs

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