Posted by Jan den Breejen on September 23, 2000 at 01:56:50:
Jules Croiset - the man who kidnapped himself
A few years ago we had in the Netherlands a most curious and spectacular case of an extreme character in the theatre world. Jules Croiset; the Jewish leader of many famous theatre companies seemed to be kidnapped by neo-nazi's. He went into hiding in Belgium and send letters to people who knew him which appeared to them to be written by his kidnappers. For extra effect and attention he send some extra letters to other famous people who started fearing for their lives too. Of course the newspapers were filled with this story; neo-nazi terrorists! Jules Croiset is the victim! Jules framed himself to appear a victim and be pampered because people felt pity with him. He's an intelligent man who played the role of victim so convincingly (even putting scars on his skin with make-up used in the theatre) that people still believed his story even when there were so many clues that it was not true.
Now our 'self confident style' (he's extremely arrogant) writer Harry Mulish has made a book out of it, called 'The theatre, the letter and the truth'.
Possible psycho-diagnosis: self sacrificing style personality and dramatic style
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