Eve of Retirement [Von dem Ruhestand]

Author(s): Thomas Bernhard
The continuing belief in Nazi ideals in current day Germany is represented through a family’s continuing celebration of the birthday of Heinrich Himmler (1900–1945), the leader of the SS. Bernhard also suggests that major German political and social figures in present day society remain strong believers in Nazi values.
Format: Dark satirical comedy
Cast Size:1M/2F
Notes:

For additional reading, see Gene A. Plunka, Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 39–49.

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
Staatstheater, Stuttgart, June 29, 1979; British Premiere, Edinburgh Festival and Gate Theatre, London, 1997.
Nationality of Author: Austrian
Original Language: German

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