Foreign News: Fagin in Berlin

Imported antiSemitism! cried Berlin's U.S.-licensed Tagesspiegel. It was protesting against the expensively produced British movie Oliver Twist, J. Ar thur Rank's cinematic hot potato which the protests of Jewish groups had kept from U.S. screens (TIME, Oct. 4). A short time later, Berliners themselves protested in more destructive fashion at the movie's faithful portrait of Charles Dickens' "Jew Fagin," fence and brutal master of a gang of young thieves.

Oliver Twist had opened without fanfare in a second-rate theater in the British sector, the Kurbel (meaning: the crank). The theater is in a...

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