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Berthold Viertel, Austrian Jewish Poet, Dies; Was 68 Years Old

Berthold Viertel, Austrian Jewish poet, author and theatre director, died here this week-end at the age of 68. Mr. Viertel made his mark on the German and Austrian theatre during the 1920’s with expressionistic performances of Shakespeare and Ibsen and the first productions in Cerman of some of Eugene O’Neill’s best known plays. In 1934 he fled the Nazis and went to Britain, from where he came to the United States, returning to Europe after the war.