Lotte Lenya:Anti-Semitism always existed in Germany. I wasn’t aware of it at first – when you’re young, you aren’t so aware. But I wasn’t blind to it, either, especially after Mahagonny. One time, I was walking down the street with a friend and her husband, and some Nazis were walking behind us, and one of them hit her husband in the neck with an apple core. What could he do? He didn’t want to get beaten to death, so he did nothing. Another time, I went to a movie with Kurt and there was this woman just screaming at some Jews, “If you don’t like it here, go back to Palestine!” The Jews said nothing – they didn’t want to cause a riot. They would have been the ones who got arrested….
…Kurt said nothing about attacks against him in the Nazi papers – they would say stupid things. Like, “There was an expectant mother in the first row. We hope her milk won’t be sour after hearing this music.” And I would get so angry, you know? Kurt said nothing – just read the papers and said nothing. He only got angry about little things, like when his pencils weren’t sharpened.
But you knew the time was coming to get out of Germany. You felt it here, in your neck, it was coming. Sure, sure.Read More:http://carlarossi.blogspot.com/2007/06/lenya-one-woman-show-based-on-life-of.html