Contextual influences in Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

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1938 1990-1994
July 25, 1938 Jewish doctors prohibited by Bosnia and Herzegovina declares independence.
The most ethnically diverse of the Yugoslav
law from practicing medicine.. republics, Bosnia is 43% Muslim, 31% Serbian, and
17% Croatian (according to the 1991 Yugoslavian
census). Ethnic tensions strain to the breaking point,
and Bosnia erupts into war. Thousands die and
more than a million are displaced. By the time a
tenuous peace is achieved in 1995, the country has
been partitioned into three areas, with each region
governed by one of the three ethnic groups. Each
enclave is now made up of roughly 90% of its own
ethnic group
August 11, 1938 Nazis destroy the After millers autobiography was written in 1987
synagogue in Nuremberg many of his later plays were based on personal
November 9/10 - Kristallnacht - The Night of When Vanessa Redgrave was cast as a
Broken Glass. Holocaust survivor in film Playing for Time, which
Miller wrote, Jewish groups protested the decision
because of her outspoken support of Palestinians.
Miller refused to have her removed from the movie,
saying, "To fire her now because of her political
views would be blacklisting
November 12, 1938 - Nazis fine Jews one billion
marks for damages related to Kristallnacht
Miller: "a fierce moral sensibility"
His experiences during the depression made him
skeptical towards religion. Politically, he began
leaning towards the "Left." And since the theater
was the cutting edge way for socio-economic
liberals to express their views, he decided to enter
the Hopwood Drama competition.


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