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Subj: Re: The White Disease (1937) Karel Capek
Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 at 06:02:53 am EDT (Viewed 92 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The White Disease (1937) Karel Capek
Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 at 07:18:56 pm EDT (Viewed 92 times)

    Josef Capek was also murdered in a concentration camp. He wasn't Jewish, the Capeks just opposed the German occupation. Karel himself was persecuted by the Germans but died in '38 before they could take him to the camps. When the gestapo arrived at his home in Prague to arrest him, his family told them they were half a year too late.

Technically, the Capek brothers were in the Nazis' bad books because they were antifascists, even before the German army marched into the Sudetenland (October 1938) and into the "Resttschechei" ("Czech remnant", March 1939) and could actively persecute them. According to German wikipedia, the Gestapo considered Karel Capek their "enemy of the state No. 2" ("Staatsfeind Nummer 2") in Czechoslovakia right after President Masaryk. Masaryk, who was Karel Capek's personal friend, died in 1937, the year "The White Disease" was released. One can speculate that that film in particular was what put Karel Capek that high on the Nazis' "enemy list".

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