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Play About Church Role in Holocaust Arouses Controvers in Bavaria

April 26, 1988
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Christian-Jewish relations here may have suffered, observers say, because of the performance in Munich on Friday of a highly controversial play critical of the Vatican’s role during the Holocaust.

“Der Stellvertereter” (The Deputy), written 25 years ago by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, got a mixed greeting when it opened at the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, the Bavarian capital, part of “Jewish Culture Week” sponsored by the municipality.

Dozens of spectators protested with jeers. Other members of the audience shouted down the protesters.

The play attacks Pope Pius XII and the Roman Catholic Church for remaining silent while Jews were being exterminated.

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