Children of the Night


Children of the Night is a drama about the children in the orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto under Nazi occupation. It recounts the heroic acts of Dr. Janusz Korczak (1878–1942), who was the head of the ghetto’s orphanage from 1940 to 1942 and whose work, including the presentation of a Passover play which is depicted in this drama, was an attempt to bring normalcy and beauty, while reinforcing stories of Jewish heroism, into the lives of children who were facing imminent deportation and death.
Format: Drama
Cast Size: 3M or 3F



For additional reading, see Gene A. Plunka Staging Holocaust Resistance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 200–206.

Original or Prominent Production: First produced by the Nephesh Theatre Co. at the Bathurst Street Theatre, Toronto in 1978.
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Original Language: English
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