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By Gene A. Plunka

The Holocaust - the systematic tried destruction of ecu Jewry and different 'threats' to the 3rd Reich from 1933 to 1945 - has been portrayed in fiction, movie, memoirs, and poetry. Gene Plunka's examine will upload to this chronicle with an exam of the theatre of the Holocaust. together with thorough severe analyses of greater than thirty performs, this booklet explores the seminal twentieth-century Holocaust dramas from the USA, Europe, and Israel. Biographical information regarding the playwrights, creation histories of the performs, and pertinent old info are supplied, putting the performs of their old and cultural contexts.

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With regard to Maurice, Halder muses, “I love him. But I am not going to prison for him. I couldn’t stand going to a Nazi prison. (To Maurice:) I’m looking at this meal we’re sitting down to” (33). Realizing the horrors of the Depression, Halder refuses to lose his meal ticket because of his Jewish friend. Although he recognizes an element of cowardice in his decision to abandon Maurice, Halder reminds himself that he is the family breadwinner: “All these people depending on me. (To Maurice:) If it was just myself.

12 Thus, Halder, the humanist, becomes a Nazi. ”13 Thus, Halder’s “good” intentions about writing a book on mercy killing to end compassionately the lives of those incurably suffering from dementia, and his noble aspirations of supporting his family at all costs, are circumvented by the Nazis who view euthanasia as a sanitized, civilized medical procedure for mass murder. Halder lives in a type of fantasy world that precludes the evil endemic to Nazi Germany. Edward R. ”14 Halder fondly recalls that the marble hall and fancy chandeliers of the Nazi Party headquarters reminded him of the fantasy world of The Student Prince: “It was a wonderful feeling–joining.

This time the aging patriarch of the desolate wasteland winds up drunk and waving a pistol in what is supposed to be perceived by the audience 47 Holocaust Dr a m a: T h e T h e ater of At rocit y as a holy day of the year. Moreover, as Donna L. ”57 In short, not only are there family secrets that preclude outsiders from entering into the ritual, but the truth is verboten for the insiders as well. The audience thus gets the impression that Eichmann’s “banality of evil,” a vision of typical bourgeois mentality, is frighteningly grotesque.

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