Allegations of anti-Semitism?
Has any film critic or scholar ever accused this film of anti-Semitic tendencies? The main evil character, Dr. Katz, has an obviously Jewish name within the context of postwar Germany.
Ordinarily, having a villain with a Jewish last name is isn't an indicator of anti-Semitic sentiment, but Fassbinder is infamous for the anti-Semitism controversy that swirled around "Der Mull, die Stadt und der Tod", and he just as easily could have named the villain "Dr. Schmidt" or "Dr. Muller."
I also wonder whether it, in some way, was an effort by him to avoid controversy by having a non-Jewish German doctor abuse and addict Jewish Holocaust survivors (the Treibels, the elderly couple).