Prince Bettliegend (songs from the play)

Prince Bettliegend satirized certain aspects of life in the ghetto. Bettliegend, literally “bedridden,” indicated a person who, having been prescribed bed rest due to illness, did not have to work. Such an official designation could also exempt a prisoner from outgoing transports. Terezín/Theresienstadt doctors sometimes assigned this designation even to a healthy prisoner in order to protect a friend or family member or in return for a bribe. Lustig wrote Prince Bettliegend as a satirical fairy tale to criticize this kind of favoritism and corruption.
Format: Songs from a full-length musical
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

Nationality of Author: Czechoslovakian
Original Language: Czech
Publisher:

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

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For information contact lisa_peschel@yahoo.com

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