Golgotha [גולגולתא]

Author(s): Shmuel Refael
"Golgotha," the name of the site of Jesus' crucifixion, has become a Ladino word for suffering. Albert Salvado, a Ladino-speaking Jew and Holocaust survivor from Thessaloniki, Greece, is asked to light a beacon on Holocaust Memorial Day at Yad Vashem. The invitation stirs up his memories and guilt—he not only questions his right to light the torch, but also his identity as a Sephardic Jew. During the Holocaust, he worked in the crematorium at Auschwitz. His job was to walk the victims into the gas chambers, take out the bodies, and move them to the ovens. During that time his only wish was to see his wife just once more. And indeed, he saw her again when she came to the gas chambers; he had to put her inside and later burn her body. He also lost his two daughters in the camp. His own survival is, he feels, more a punishment than a blessing—searing guilt is the price he must pay for failing his family.
Format: Monodrama
Cast Size:1M

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Original or Prominent Production:
Tzavta Theater, 2008. An English language adaptation by Haim Idissis, performed by Victor Attar, at La MaMa, New York, 2005 and January 2017 to coincide with U.N. World Holocaust Day.
Nationality of Author: Israeli
Original Language: Hebrew
Publisher:

Tzavta Theater

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