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1948 Press Photo Josef Meier Passion Play Actor - RRX47181

AdID: 701161

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRX47181

Height: 4

Width: 8

Source: Rogers


Photo measures 4 x 8. Josef Meier, who brought his Passion play to the United States from Germany in 1932 and continued in the role of Jesus for six decades, died on Jan. 31 in Spearfish, S.D. He was 94.

Mr. Meier was the seventh generation of his family to portray Jesus in the drama, remaining in the part until he retired in 1991 after more than 9,000 performances.

He took the Passion play on tour before finding a permanent home for his production in Spearfish in 1939. Even after an amphitheater was constructed in Spearfish, the Passion play toured the United States and Canada, appearing in more than 650 major cities before the tours ended in 1964.

In 1953, Mr. Meier made Lake Wales the winter home for the play, which was performed annually there until last year.
"The New York Times"