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The Gestapo Minutes

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 31 July 2013

A new play by Adam Ganz
starring Ed Stoppard, Julian Rhind-Tutt and featuring Robin Lustig.

Under the Nazis, Michel Oppenheim - lawyer, patriot and porcelain collector - is made head of the Jewish community in Mainz. The minutes of his regular meetings with Gestapo functionary Schwoerer survive. Civilly, they discuss the pettiest details of Nazi terror and arrangements for the deportations east. Thanks to his non-Jewish, wife Oppenheim survives.

Once the war ends, the tables are turned. Schwoerer begs Oppenheim for a testimonial, which could save him from a US war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheimer must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the past six years of horror and humiliation.

Directed by Catherine Bailey
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.


Michel Oppenheim
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Gerhard Schwoerer
Ed Stoppard
Gerda Oppenheim
Tamzin Griffin
Robin Lustig
Catherine Bailey
Catherine Bailey
Adam Ganz



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