Play Accuses Pope Pius XII of Complicity in the Holocaust.

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      German playwright Rolf Hochhuth’s The Deputy: A Christian Tragedy debuted in Berlin on February 23, 1963. The five-hour play, originally written and published as Der Stellvertreter: Ein Christliches Trauerspiel (1963), was staged in English in Great Britain at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre later that year. It was staged (in an abridged form) on Broadway in New York in 1964. The Deputy accused Roman Catholic pope Pius XII of acquiescing to Nazi Germany’s murder of Europe’s Jews during World War II to protect the Catholic Church’s financial interests.