A Timeless ‘Watch’ Against Fascism

Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine is an anti-fascist play from 1941 with a message for our times

Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine is an anti-fascist play from 1941 with a message for our times (Photo: Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

Lillian Hellman wrote Watch on the Rhine in 1941, intending it a loud warning to the United States when the country was refusing to join the war against fascism in Europe. As my co-host Jeffrey Edalatpour notes, the political is very personal in this story of an estranged family that reunites (holiday theme), only to find a traitor in their own home. If the play’s preachiness seems dated at times, it’s message about the dangers of inaction against totalitarianism seem very up to date. Details here

A Timeless ‘Watch’ Against Fascism 6 December,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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