Theatre in the Nazi Concentration Camps

Creativity and resistance in Dachau and Buchenwald.

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Satire and Release

The whole underlying idea of the theatrical activity of the concentration camps was obviously temporary release from the terrible reality of that life. The healthiest release was in the form of satire, making fun of certain parts of camp life. The amazing abundance of humor, however, must not be misunderstood. There was, and is, nothing funny about life when death can sneak up in a score of painful ways which seem to have no connection with the laws which govern the outside world.

When at some future but unknowable date not too far distant the ghastly system of Hitler and his several hundred thousand hangmen has been destroyed, the great art of the concentration camps will come out into full daylight and be recorded as one of man's great achievements in adversity.

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Curt Daniel was a prisoner in both Dachau and Buchenwald. Details of his release are unknown.