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Fortress [Festung]

A postmodernist representation of post-war Germany’s inability to deal with the Holocaust honestly in media and social communication. The play is structured as a pastiche of scenes that are not held together by a specific plot line and in two parts, the second being a dramatized talk show. There seem to be references to the Wannsee Conference, where the Final Solution became German policy, death camps, and post-war Germany’s reactions to the Shoah and its perpetrators.


Cornelius Schnauber’s “Heydrich/Hitler/Holocaust” depicts a power struggle within the central nerve of the Third Reich between Reinhard Heydrich, the chief architect of the Final Solution, and his immediate supervisor, Heinrich Himmler, as Adolf Hitler plays them against one another. Meanwhile, Anna Muller, a beautiful Jewish servant girl, attempts to dissuade Heydrich from his hateful treatment of the Jews.