The Hofer Cabarets

Many of Hofer’s texts, although ironically exaggerated, provide fairly accurate descriptions of how certain ghetto institutions actually functioned. He also does not shy away from addressing issues such as corruption and favoritism. He sets his tales of the peculiarities of ghetto life within familiar melodies, mostly from his beloved Vienna. His comic style may have provided German-speaking Jews with a few moments of pleasant nostalgia for the cultural forms of their pre-war lives, and his humorous look at navigating the bureaucracy of the ghetto may even have afforded them some temporary psychological relief regarding the frustrations of daily life in Terezín/Theresienstadt.
Format: Cabaret songs
Cast Size:Flexible
Notes:

Support materials available in Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, ed. Lisa Peschel, Seagull Books 2014.

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
Originally produced in the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto.
Nationality of Author: Czechoslovakian | Austrian
Original Language: German
Publisher:

Published in Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, ed. Lisa Peschel, Seagull Books 2014.

Production Rights Holder:

For information contact lisa_peschel@yahoo.com

Experience(s) Chronicled: The Ghettos

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