Plays Directory : Fear And Misery Of The Third Reich

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  • Author
    Bertolt Brecht
  • Written
  • Setting
    Germany, 1930s
  • Overview
    Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, (German: Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches), also known as The Private Life of the Master Race, is one of Bertolt Brecht's most famous plays and the first of his openly anti-Nazi works. It was first performed in 1938. The production employed Brecht's epic theatre techniques to defamiliarize the behaviour of the characters and to make explicit the play's underlying message.

    The play consists of a series of vignettes, portraying National Socialist Germany of the 1930s as a land of poverty, violence, fear and pretence. Nazi antisemitism is depicted in several of the sketches, including "the Physicist", "Judicial Process", and "the Jewish Wife".

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Alternative Names

Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Fear & Misery of the Third Reich, The Private Life of the Master Race