A German Life
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
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