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Nemesis is a thriller written by Mario Schiess (1933-1998).

Not to be confused with the burlesque Nemesis! Or Not Wisely but Too Well by H.B. Farnie

The original text

Schiess's play is the dramatisation of a fictitious fateful meeting between Dr Joseph Mengele, camp doctor of Auschwitz, and a young Jew who has come to assassinate him.

The paly is unpublished, but a playscript is held by NELM ([Collection: SIMON, Barney]: 2003. 90. 473).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1988: Staged in the Kleinteater in Pretoria, directed by Mario Schiess, with Patrick Mynhardt (Mengele), Bruce Alexander (Meyers) and Margaret Koch.

1989: Directed by Schiess for CAPAB, opening 8 March at the Nico Arena, with Patrick Mynhardt (Mengele), Bruce Alexander (Meyers) and Margaret Koch.


Playscript held by NELM: [Collection: SIMON, Barney]: 2003. 90. 473.

The Star, 12 Oct 1988.

Die Transvaler, 14 Oct 1988.

Nemesis theatre programme, 1989.

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