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Joan Rivers Refuses to Apologize for Holocaust Joke

(Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- Joan Rivers is facing criticism after she made a joke about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Commenting on German model Heidi Klum’s daring Oscar party dress on E!’s Fashion Police Monday, the 79-year-old comedian cracked: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”

Rivers, herself Jewish, then doubled over with laughter.

Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman quickly condemned Rivers’ remark.

“Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better. This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves,” Foxman said in a statement on the ADL website. “Making it worse, not one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence.

“Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it,” Foxman added.

Rivers, however, refuses to apologize.

In a statement to ABC News, she said, “My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor.”

Klum has yet to comment on Rivers’ remark. Her rep did not respond immediately to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Mel Gibson Blasted for Maccabee Biopic

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has found himself in a flurry of criticism and jokes since news broke late Thursday that he’s partnering to write the biopic of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee.

The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Descendants said “holocaust survivors are aghast” about the potential film, while the Anti-Defamation League proclaimed that Gibson’s telling of Judah’s story would be a “travesty.”

Even comedian and View co-host Joy Behar weighed in on Twitter saying, “Mel Gibson is making a film about the life of Judah Maccabee. I’m smelling a Seder invite!”

Gibson is notorious for his 2006 anti-Semitic comments made during a Malibu DUI arrest that caused a world-wide uproar.         

“People remember what he did and if he wants them to forget, he needs to embark on a different course,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, adding that if Gibson wants to correct his past wrongs, he should spend time taking courses on Judaism or visiting concentration camps, not creating films about the hero of the Hanukkah commemoration.

Hier said he read the news online at home this morning and was so shocked he didn’t believe it could be true. He compared Gibson’s involvement in the film to having “a white supremacist portray Martin Luther King Jr.”

Gibson will team with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (best known for Flashdance and Basic Instinct) to write the script, which is in the early stages of a development deal with Warner Bros. Gibson’s Icon Productions will produce the film and he will have the first opportunity to direct the film if he chooses, according to Gibson publicist Alan Nierob.

Warner Bros. declined to comment, saying the film was in the early stages of production.

Gibson remained quiet on the subject, but The Atlantic has dug up his comments on Maccabee from a few years ago.

Gibson was in the news last week when he finalized a $750,000 settlement with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Their relationship was known for Gibson’s disparaging rant that was leaked to a celebrity news site, in which he said Grigorieva deserved it when he hit her in the face.

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