Peretz, told him to burn it.
Sholem Asch's "The God of Vengeance"
Instead, the play went on to great success in Berlin and toured across Europe. But in New York, where the play featured the first lesbian kiss in Broadway history, the backlash was immediate.
Weinberger went on to warn other New York theatre proprietors that they were surely next. Bonus: Did you know Marlon Brando performed in the Yiddish theatre? In , Brando performed in A Flag is Born, a proto-Zionist play that has been credited with helping to create the state of Israel. Brando, who was not Jewish, passionately believed that Holocaust survivors deserved their own land where they could live free from the oppression of the outside world.
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The God of Vengeance
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Below is a translation of an article from Der Forverts published on March 7th, chronicling the events of the arrest and coming trial:. Others arrested were the lawyer, Harry Weinberger, who is the manager of the play, and one of Selwyn brothers, who are the owners of the Apollo Theater.
People expect that after today, warrants will be issued for those arrested and they will have to appear before Judge Crane in General Sessions Court. The manager of the play, Mr. Harry Weinberger, the civil rights lawyer and manager of the production of God of Vengeance served as his own defense lawyer, as well as the other accused cast members.
Is it a Great Drama? The conviction by a jury was the first of its kind and only the second ever case in New York State to be tried under an obscenity law statute. Below is a translation from Der Forverts of an article published on May 24th, explaining the incidents inside the courtroom:.
Rudolph Schildkraut, another eleven actors and actresses and the manager, lawyer Harry Weinberger, are declared guilty for performing and producing an immoral play.
Full text of "The God of vengeance; drama in three acts"
For a minute, the court was ruled by a dead silence. No one had expected that as the verdict. In a speech before the jury, for the defense, lawyer Harry Weinberger explained that the trial is very important, not only for the accused, but also for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Wallace completely disparaged.