To me, that joke meant more than any lesson I could learn from a a historical drama. They weren’t making fun of the Holocaust, instead they were using this heavy film as the set up to a joke. They weren’t poking fun, rather, the show was making this point that Schindler’s List was just a film, not the real thing. The way people were holding it up as something close to holy didn’t sit right with me, and Seinfeld‘s acknowledgement of that without really making fun of the film made it a little easier for me to re-watch the movie a few years later, and understand why it received the acclaim it did. Schindler’s List is indeed a fine film, and Spielberg’s treatment of the subject is thoughtful. I know that now, but it took alleviating the tension a little through laughter in order for me to appreciate its impact.