Kastner [קסטנר]


Lerner's historical drama deals with the Jewish Hungarian leader who negotiated with Eichmann to save a limited number of Jews near the end of World War II and was prosecuted in post-war Israel. To point out the moral quandary of whether negotiating with the Nazis for goods was heroic or an act of collaboration, Lerner begins the play with the indictment of Kastner and closes with Kastner defending himself.
Format: Historical drama
Cast Size: 15M/4F



Text of the play can be found in Michael Taub, ed., Israeli Holocaust Drama Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996. For additional reading, see Gene A. Plunka, Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 190–195.

Original or Prominent Production: Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, 1985; Heilbronn theater in Germany 1988. The play was also adapted to a mini television series, Kastner Trial, in 1994.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: Hebrew
English Language Translator: Emre Goldstein

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