Exiles Bring German Drama to Europe and Win Acclaim

Professor Leopold Jessner, exiled German Jewish theatrical producer, has organized a troupe of journeymen actors who are touring Europe, staging classical German drama. His staff of performers are, like him, refugees from the government of the Third Reich.

One of the most popular of his productions is “Intrigue and Love” by Schiller. It has been the delight of European audiences. The drama is performed in German of course, and critics have been praising the stagecraft as well as the excellence of the actors with unconcealed pleasure.

Professor Jessner said in an interview that he believes actors must necessarily “keep in trim” by going through their paces without prolonged holidays. He expressed regrets that he could not find employment for a greater number of German Jewish actors in his troupe. He said that the predicament of the Reich artists is “one of the gloomiest aspects of the situation of German Jews in general.”

Recently when Professor Jessner’s troupe played in Haarlem, Holland, the newspaper Het Volk, published in Amsterdam, described with enthusiasm the good work the German refugee actors are doing.

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