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Max Rheinhardt Tells Austrian Press He Fasts on Yom Kippur

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.

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