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Habimah Starts Hebrew Performances of ‘the Deputy’ in Israel

Rolf Hochhuth’s controversial play about Pope Pius XII and the Nazi slaughter of European Jews, “The Deputy,” will be presented tonight in Hebrew by the Habimah, Israel’s national theater troupe.

Since its return from a United States tour, Habimah has made special efforts to present the play, slating its best performers. The play contends that the late Pontiff failed to speak out against the Nazi slaughter of the European Jews.