Vienna (Sep. 13)
Professor Max Rheinhardt, the famous producer, told the Vienna Jewish weekly “Wahrheit” this week in an interview, that he regards himself as a good, observing Jew.
My father, he said, was born in the small Slovakian village of Stupawa, of which I, too, am a native. His name was Wilhelm Goldmann, and he ran a little. shop where he sold bands and ribbons. I never deny that my own name is Goldmann, and that as a child I was known as Max Goldmann.
I am proud of being a Jew, he went on, and I am not ashamed to say that one day in the year, on Yom Kippur, I fast all day, and I am heart and soul with God.
My grand fathers and grandmothers all lie in the Jewish cemetery of Stupawa. My father lies under a Jewish tombstone in Berlin. Always when I go to visit his grave on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, I feel doubly so that I come of the people which gave the world its ethics and civilisation.