Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Tr. Kriwaczek)

Full-Length Play, Drama

Bertolt Brecht, Paul Kriwaczek

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich
by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Paul Kriwaczek

Brecht's series of twenty-four interconnected playlets describe events which took place in ordinary German households in the 1930s. They dramatise with clinical precision the suspicion and anxiety experienced by Jewish citizens, as the power of Hitler grew.

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Tr. Kriwaczek)

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The twenty-four scenes of this play could be regarded as playlets covering the years from 1933 to just before Hitler's entry into Vienna. Each is preceded and linked by a short verse, forming a sort of kaleidoscope of life under the Nazi dictatorship. The whole forms a horrifying picture of darkest tyranny, but is lightened by the ocassional gleam of defiance. 
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About 90 characters, male and female.
  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting Interior and exterior settings.

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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