In his autobiography A Part of Myself, Carl Zuckmayer records the reactions to the first performance of The Devil's General. On the day after the premiere on 14 December 1946 in Zürich, Zuckmayer met Carl Jakob Burckhardt, about whose judgment he writes: "He was the first to tell me what I afterwards heard from countless Germans: that was what it was like - the way I had presented it in this play; that I had captured the truth which cannot be found in documents, only in literature, and which cannot be delineated with hatred, but only with love."



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