A Journey to Kreisau


Audiences are taken on a compelling and powerful journey in this little-known story of Helmuth James and Freya von Moltke, key figures in German resistance to the horrors of the Third Reich. They gathered a small circle of friends for meetings at their estate in Kreisau to plan for a post-Hitler world which would be democratic and tolerant—an activity that was definitely treasonous. Helmuth was arrested, imprisoned, and then executed by the Nazis in January 1945. Today, the von Moltke estate is part of Poland and is a center for the study of reconciliation, tolerance and democratic values.
Format: Full-length drama, written to be presented as staged-reading.
Cast Size: 3M/2F
Character breakdown
Narrator—male, mid-40s or older.
Actor 1—female, mid-30s, many voices.
Actor 2—male, mid 30s, many voices, but mainly that of Helmuth James von Moltke.
Actor 3—female, mid-30s, many voices, but mainly that of Freya von Moltke.
Actor 4—male, mid-30s, many voices, character man.
Appropriate for grades 7 through adult.


Study Guide planned. Roster of excerpted comments on the play from wide range of scholars, media,  diplomatic officials, theatre professionals, authors, Holocaust organization leaders. Video of playwright speaking at Goethe Inst.-Boston, Jan. 2011. Photos from Krakow, & Kreisau/Krzyzowa, sites of performances.
Original or Prominent Production: First productions—U.S.: January 2005; Hamburg, Germany, March, 2007.
Original Source Material: Letters to Freya 1939–1945, The compelling true story of a man of conscience at the heart of the Third Reich by Helmuth James von Moltke; also, many personal meetings between the playwright and Freya, 2002–2009.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: English
Production Rights Holder:

Susan L. Smith, thekreisauproject.com