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First staged in 1963, The Deputy stirred up more controversy and caused greater repercussions than any other postwar work. Based on Rolf Hochhuth's research into Vatican activities during World War II, the play's treatment of Pope Pius XII - the "deputy" of Christ on earth - and the Church during the Nazi persecution of the Jews made it the object of impassioned praise and ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1963)
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Manny
Notgettingenough, a historian by training, is starting to infect me with her virulent dislike of biopics. "You watch a biopic," says Not, "and you go out thinking you know what happened. But you don't."

Well, this play is a fine example of Not's thesis: more than anything else, it created the image of Pius XII as being "the Nazi Pope", aiding Hitler and his criminal regime by maintaining a convenient silence on the subject of the Holocaust. I read it in the mid 70s and accepted the message uncrit
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Rhonda
Sep 18, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I picked this off a shelf of a used bookstore, recalling the stir that it had made many years ago, hoping to use some of the material for a radio show. When I read it over 20 years ago, I was not able to distinguish possibilities in the WW II era: I was young and pretty much everything was black and white to me.
The great question remains whether the great political entity known as the Catholic church might have done more for the plight of the Jews or was it better for it to do as much as it cou
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Anne
Jul 11, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: historical, ww-ii, europe
Fascinating story-this book is actually a play which was written about the Pope Pius XII who was pope during most of the years of the holocaust and WWII. It's premise is based on the dispute of whether Pius did or did not help Jews during the holocaust. Divided into 3 acts which take place at a speakeasy in Berlin, at the Pope's residence and in Auschwitz concentration camp. it has several characters who were actual living people, the Pope, Kurt Geistner, an SS officer and the Papal Nuncio to Be ...more
Kathi-sass
Jul 01, 2009 Kathi-sass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, read-2009
I'm undecided about what to make of this play. It certainly deals with a very important question: Why did Pope Pius XII never officially protest against the mass killing of Jews during the Nazi regime in Germany? And: What difference would it have made if he had protested?
In his play Hochhuth claims that a) The Vatican knew exactly what was happening in Auschwitz b) They did not protest because of their own political advantage c) Their protest would have made a difference.

I don't have enough ins
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Jenny
Jul 04, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school
The Deputy was a very difficult read, for a couple of reasons. First, it is an overly long play. If it were to be put on the stage in it's entirety, it would be a 7 hour production. Hochhuth isn't a playwright, so the stage directions are a bit awkward and unhelpful in some places. I also have a hard time reading straight dialog for that many pages, and I struggled to get through it. However, it is the subject matter that makes The Deputy very difficult. It is a fictional account of historical e ...more
Mommalibrarian
Apr 19, 2014 Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwii
I am not a historian so I cannot tell how much of this fiction is true. I read the Samuel French, Inc. edition which is meant to be used in staging a performance. It did not contain all the extra material mentioned in some reviews or if it did it was so slight as to cause me no problem. The story includes powerfully imagery and having the sights and sounds spoken by an impassioned character had much more of an effect on me than reading them clinically listed in a non-fiction history book. Worth ...more
Edi
Jul 23, 2012 Edi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play, depicting Pope Pius XII during the Nazi occupation of Rome with his tacit collusion to rid the world of Jews was powerful theatre. I read it later, but saw it at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. the same Fall of 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.
Brittney Martinez
May 01, 2016 Brittney Martinez rated it it was amazing
The debut of Rolf Hochhuth's play "The Deputy" in 1963 completely changed the narrative of the Pope's actions during the Holocaust. Before the play, Pope Pius XII was universally lauded for his compassion towards European Jews and his fight to help save them. However, "The Deputy" has called for a reexamination of that history.

"The Deputy" is a gripping play filled with characters from history. It gives a disheartening view of the Vatican's attitude towards Hitler and the Holocaust, but just be
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Peter Bradley
Feb 21, 2015 Peter Bradley rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Pedro
Jun 19, 2010 Pedro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trabalho, teatro, nazismo
A peça de Hochhuth é indiscutivelmente superior e mais forte do que o filme.

Em primeiro lugar, porque dispensa os aspectos sentimentais da obra de Costa-Gavras, e mantém a lucidez do cardeal e do doutor, personagens a quem, de vez em quando, é necessário dar razão.

O heroísmo de Riccardo Fontana, na peça, é superior ao de Gerstein, de modo que a concepção de martírio permanece, com toda a controvérsia que a envolve.

Ainda assim, creio que Hochhuth tocou em pontos delicados de maneira seca, faland
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carl  theaker
Oct 22, 2010 carl theaker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, history-fiction

Since its controversial publication during the midst of the Cold War,
'The Deputy' has been exposed as a clever piece of a Soviet disinformation campaign to discredit the Catholic Church.

Please search around for information on this, as naturally there's
plenty of controversy about the controversy, and see what you think.

As I like the historical aspect, the play for me is interesting, and
without knowing its source at the time, I felt influenced by its various machinations against Pius XII &
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Annabelle
Aug 05, 2011 Annabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent, though it was really long. It makes you think about what you would do in each of the characters' situations. Whether a Nazi, Jew, the Pope or a priest.
Sarah
Oct 20, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
This play will knock you on your ass.
Take into consideration that I do enjoy a good controversy.
Jeremy Hatfield
Aug 05, 2011 Jeremy Hatfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all the criticisms it has garnered, and accusations of bias, it nonetheless is very thought-provoking.
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Nov 19, 2010 Joel marked it as harry-and-gloria
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Hochhuth ist ein deutscher Dramatiker und ein maßgeblicher Anreger des Dokumentartheaters. Internationalen Erfolg erzielte er mit Der Stellvertreter. AEr setzt sich wiederholt mit der NS-Vergangenheit und aktuellen politischen und sozialen Fragestellungen auseinander. In einer Vielzahl Offener Briefe versuchte er seit den sechziger Jahren, Einfluss auf die Politik zu nehmen.

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