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Sholem Asch Bans His Own Play; Prohibits Staging “god of Vengeance” in Any Language

May 27, 1946
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Sholem Asch, noted Jewish writer, today announced that he has prohibited the production of his play the “God of Vengeance” in any language in the United States and in other countries. He explained the ban by stating that “the situation described in the play is dated and exists no longer.”

The play which deals with the Jewish underworld in Poland has been produced since 1907 in many languages throughout the world. It was given in English in Broad-way theatres and was also performed in Yiddish. The disclosure that he had banned the play was made by Asch when information reached him that the “God of Vengeance” was about to be produced in Spanish in Mexico City. He warned the Mexican theatre against producing the play and appealed to the cast to discontinue rehearsals.

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