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German theater asks guests to wear swastikas for Hitler play

Friday 20/April/2018 - 09:51 PM
Theater in Germany
Theater in Germany
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
A theater in southern Germany is proceeding with plans to open a satirical play Friday about Adolf Hitler's youth in which some patrons will be wearing swastika armbands، despite objections and legal complaints، as Ynet said.
The Konstanz Theater's production of George Tabori's "Mein Kampf" opens Friday night for a month-long run.
Though named after Hitler's infamous anti-Semitic manifesto، the play tells a fictional story of how a young Hitler is befriended in Vienna by a Jewish man who takes pity on him for his futile pursuit of a career as an artist and puts him on his political path، as well as helping him with his hairstyle.
Tabori، who was born into a Jewish family in Budapest in 1914، was known for his avant-garde works that confronted anti-Semitism. He died in 2007. Though Tabori was able to flee the Nazis himself، his father and other family members were killed in the Auschwitz death camp.
His dark farce "Mein Kampf" has been performed many times، and was made into a German-language film a decade ago.
But in a twist introduced by the Konstanz Theater، patrons who agree to wear a swastika armband will be given free admittance، while those who purchase tickets will be asked to wear a Jewish Star of David.
Theater manager Christoph Nix says the point is to show how easily corruptible people are، and provoke dialogue about racism.
"The theater is the only place where such a discussion can take place immediately،" he told the dpa news agency.

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