This image shows the notorious staging of The Merchant of Venice in 1943 at Vienna’s Burgtheater directed by Nazi party member Lothar Müthel and starring the flagrantly racist Werner Krauss. The production conformed to National Socialist ideology: in the words of one critic, Krauss offered ‘a pathological image of the East European Jewish type, expressing all its inner and outer uncleanliness’. A year later, a proposal to turn the production into a movie directed by Veit Harlan was one of the last propaganda projects to cross Goebbels’s desk. Perhaps fortunately, it was never made.

Label by Andrew Dickson