Anti-nazi Outbreak Stirred by ‘freedom of Thought’ Line in German Play

An anti-Nazi demonstration was precipitated here Wednesday night when a German actor, in a performance of Schiller’s “Don Carlos,” came to the lines where he asks the absolute monarch in the play to “grant us the liberty to think.”

“Also in Germany,” Netherlanders in the audience shouted to the Nazi thespians who came here from Duesseldorf to appear under the auspices of the German Consul General. Police finally had to intervene, arresting 15 persons before the play could go on.

“Don Carlos” has seldom been produced in Nazi Germany of late years, because the lines about freedom of thought have invariably stimulated laughter from audiences. When the 18th century play is given in the Reich, the reference to freedom of thought is usually eliminated.

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