Anger | Bitterness | Forgiveness | Hate | Revenge

Michael Christopher’s play “The Black Angel” tells the story of Herman Engel, a German general during World War II. He was sentenced by the Nuremberg Court to thirty years in prison for the atrocities committed by his army. The play tells the story of a French journalist, Morrieaux, whose whole family had been massacred by Engel’s army. For years Morrieaux had nurtured his hatred and hungered for vengance. Upon Engel’s release, he had stoked up the fanatics who had also lost family and friends at Engel’s hand. They established a plot to burn down the cabin that he was living in and shoot Engel and his wife. Morrieaux, however, wanted to get to Engel beforehand. He wanted to hear the whole story, he wanted Engel to confess to the wrong he had done. He spent the afternoon grilling Engel, trying to fill the gaps. But Engel’s feeble humanity confused Morrieaux, for he seemed less like a monster and more like a…

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