BERLIN (Apr. 27)
Werner Krauss, the Nazi actor who played no less than five Jewish villains in the inflammatory “Jew Suess” movie, is back on the Berlin stage, as star of a legitimate play, for the first time since he was chased out of town three years ago by outraged German students, anti-Nazi public figures and members of the local Jewish community.
Within six months after Hitler took over, Krauss was vice-president of the newly-created Nazi Reich Theater Chamber. When Nazi Minister Joseph Goebbels, at the time of the deportation of Germany’s Jews to the gas chambers, sponsored the “Jew Suess” film as a propaganda weapon to drive home the point that Jews deserve to be exterminated, it was Krauss who made this blatantly Jew-baiting production both on artistic success and an invitation to murder.
Three years have gone by since the protests against Krauss were frontpage news. For a week now, Krauss has been playing the lead role of a play staged in Berlin’s city-owned Schiller Theater. No disturbances have occurred. No one as much as filed a protest.