By Robert Skloot
This quantity comprises those 4 performs: lodge seventy six by way of Shimon Wincelberg Will the relentless oppression of the ravenous staff in a ghetto manufacturing unit damage their religion in God? Their love of lifestyles? Their skill to withstand? If a cat is extra helpful than a man or woman, have desire and goodness been eradicated from the area? A relocating and terrifying melodrama. Throne of Straw by way of Harold and Edith Lieberman in the course of the profession of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, head of the Lodz, Poland Judenrat, we come to appreciate the horror of “choiceless choice,” of ways giving up a few to save lots of others was once the worst nightmare in case you sought the obligations of ghetto management. An epic play with song and track. The Cannibals through George Tabori the youngsters of homicide sufferers gather to enact ritually the destruction in their fathers within the presence of 2 survivors. because the sons develop into their fathers, the main profound moral questions of the Holocaust are raised about the limits of humanity in a global of absolute evil. A bold tragicomedy. Who Will hold the note? through Charlotte Delbo (translated through Cynthia Haft) within the austere, degraded atmosphere of a focus camp, twenty-two French girls try and continue their sanity and desire as, one after the other, they fall sufferer to the Nazi terror. Will someone think the tale of the survivors? A poetic drama of resistance and witness.
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Puss, puss, puss . . (In the distance, the sudden banging of church bells. Fade out. Fade up on a warehouse loft, converted, by means of wood, cardboard, wire, string and pieces of cloth, into a row of "apartments"—each of them a cubicle accommodating little more than a bed of some sort—and a common living room. The windows look out upon the huddled roofs and chimneys of a bomb-scarred industrial city. The room holds a table, covered with a tattered lace tablecloth, a bench, an assortment of chairs; a tall, ornate mahogany cupboard, and numerous flimsy or improvised chests and suitcases, elaborately locked.
Unaccountably, his clothes, his hair, his very skin are stained with garish patches of dye. He walks on his wooden-soled shoes like a man furtively kicking dirt into his open grave. He wears a battered tin mess kit slung around his waist by a string. His skin, where the dye-stains permit, is transparent, as though it enclosed little more than bones and water. He stops, shivering, runny-nosed, to admire one of the newer posters. Another gust of wind, YABLONKA shivers, pockets the harmonica. He glances shyly, furtively about him.
SCHNUR (gently): Don't talk about things you don't understand. Go on. By heart. ) 50 THEATRE OF THE HOLOCAUST BERYL (trying to remember): "All may slaughter, except a deafmute, an imbecile and a . " (Behind one of the curtains, ESTHER BLAUSTAIN moans in her sleep, BLAUSTAIN instantly hurries over. ESTHER is a handsome, skeletal young woman, whose pregnancy barely shows. ) BLAUSTAIN: Did you call me? ESTHER: Is it time yet? BLAUSTAIN: Another half hour. You want some water? ESTHER (an apologetic but radiant smile): I think I would rather have a boiled egg, with a little butter mixed into the yolk .