Actors during a rehearsal of the play ‘Mein Kampf’. Photo: AFP
Actors during a rehearsal of the play ‘Mein Kampf’. Photo: AFP

German theatre asks guests to wear swastikas for Hitler play

Those who agree to wear a swastika armband for the satirical play on Hitler 'Mein Kampf' will be given free admittance while those who purchase tickets will be asked to wear a Jewish Star of David

Berlin: A theatre in southern Germany is proceeding with plans to open a satirical play about Adolf Hitler’s youth in which some patrons will be wearing swastika armbands.

The Konstanz Theatre’s production of George Tabori’s Mein Kampf opens Friday night for a month-long run.

Though named after Hitler’s infamous anti-Semitic manifesto, the play tells a fictional story of how a young Hitler is befriended by a Jewish man who puts him on his political path. In a twist introduced by the theatre, patrons who agree to wear a swastika armband will be given free admittance, while those who purchase tickets will be asked to wear a Jewish Star of David.

Theatre manager Christoph Nix says the point is to show how easily corruptible people are, and provoke dialogue about racism.

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