A Lesson from Auschwitz


In 1941, Rudolf Höss, Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp know as Auschwitz, assembled his SS personnel in a secret meeting with the express purpose of introducing a new method for exterminating Europe’s Jews: Zyklon B, a deadly poison gas. Every soldier in attendance was sworn to secrecy, and no one questioned its usage. No one except a lone Jewish prisoner, forced to participate and humiliated throughout; the very prisoner upon which this “lesson” would be demonstrated. Based upon actual events, A Lesson from Auschwitz explores how and why the Nazis did what they did, shedding light on the mentality of the perpetrators and the disturbing reality of life in a death camp.


Original or Prominent Production: Churchill Theatre, London, July 29, 2016.
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Original Language: English
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