For the ppl who don't actually understand German; Schadenfreude is experiencing happiness at the expense of somebody else's misfortune. Case in point: you split your sides because some unfortunate soul slips on a banana peel and falls as a result. Tom & Jerry cartoons, Bugs Bunny and Road Runner ( to name a few) are full of it.
My previous comment is not a reflection of my personal feelings about the Germans. It was merely a quotation from a scene from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" that was about schadenfreude. Sorry for not making any mention about that before.