The Deputy

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The Deputy is a 1963 drama by German playwright and author Rolf Hochhuth [1] (born 1931). Also known as The Representative.

The original text

The original title is Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel. The play deals largely with the persecution of the Jews during the war, telling the story of a Catholic priest who voluntarily went into the death camps.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted for Broadway production by Jerome Rothenberg [2].

An English translation by Richard and Clara Winston of the complete text was published as The Deputy: A Play, by Grove Press in 1964.

A film version titled Amen was made by the Greek-born French filmmaker Costa-Gavras in 2002.

Performance history in South Africa

1965: After a contoversy earlier in the year it was presented by the Johannesburg Repertory Players at the Alexander Theatre, directed by Albert Ninio who arrived from Israel in July, starring a guest star from London, Paul Whitsun-Jones and Patrick Mynhardt as Kurt Gestein.


Wikipedia [3].

Tucker, 1997. 202.

The Rand Daily Mail, 25 June 1965.

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