BLONDE POISON, produced by Adam Liberman with Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz; 28 July-15 August 2015. Photography by Marnya Rothe, above and right: Belinda Giblin.
That the true story of Stella Goldschlag is not as well known as the fictitious Sophie of Sophie’s Choice – the novel by William Styron that became a fabled movie starring Meryl Streep – is a mystery because, as always, truth is stranger (and in this instance, more extraordinary) than fiction.
Stella Goldschlag (Belinda Giblin) was a German Jew, whose “Aryan” blue-eyed blondeness enabled her to be safely assimilated in pre-WW2 Berlin and then become the Gestapo’s most notorious “greifer” – catcher of Jews – during the war. Her story was told in 1992 in a book, Stella, by Peter Wyden. He had been her childhood contemporary where she – the most beautiful girl in school – had brusquely brushed aside his declarations of love as only such a goddess would.Continue reading →