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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 18 August 3, 1938



And now the play itself. It was, of course, based very directly on the Reichstag Fire Trial. George Khitov in the play representing George Dimitrov; General Rakovski representing General Goering; and Kurt Schneider representing Van der Lubbe.

The story of the three months' struggle at Leipzig is well known. In the words of Dimitrov: "All the corruption of German Fascism with its judges, defence attorneys, prosecuting attorney, policemen, police commissars and all other police officials was exposed at the trial."

Treated by a mind of real depth and integrity, the Reichstag Fire Trial could have been the subject of a tremendous play: instead, Elmer Rice has a flashy though highly competent melodrama. Comnetent in the technical sense. Elmer Rice is an experienced dramatist—entrance, exit, situation climax—everything is well lubricated.