Last week, what may be the first Hindi-language play about the Holocaust was staged in a country where few are aware of it while many still admire Hitler for his “strong leadership.” Navras Jaat Aafreedi writes:
The paradox of the popularity of Hitler in India in spite of the absence of anti-Semitism here, except in certain sections of its Muslim minority, makes the play even more significant. . . .
The play is the story of the horrors of the Holocaust as witnessed by one of the soldiers of the Indian legion of Hitler, which had been raised by the Indian nationalist leader Subash Chandra Bose by recruiting soldiers from the prisoner-of-war camps in Germany which, at that time, were home to tens of thousands of Indian soldiers of the British Indian army captured by Rommel in North Africa. Bose intended to use this army to liberate India from British rule.