A German Life

  • From 28 July 2020
  • The Fugard Studio
  • English

Bookings open 2 March 2020. The South African premiere, presented in association with the KKNK.

Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is based on the testimony Pomsel gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016.

“They were bewitched by this tiny man. It was like, I don’t know, Jesus or something. You have to admit, Goebbels was a wonderful actor… well, a good actor, let’s say. It was an actor’s transformation: this quiet, elegant, serious man we saw in the office, transformed into a demented midget.” – Brunhilde Pomsel

Antoinette Kellermann
Brunhilde Pomsel

 

Christopher Hampton
Writer

Sylvaine Stryke
Director

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