Who Will Carry the Word? [Qui rapportera ces paroles?]


Based upon the actual experiences of Charlotte Delbo, Who Will Carry The Word? dramatizes the lives of women struggling to survive in an Auschwitz barracks. The women hope that the strongest of them will survive to bear witness to the horrors they experienced. The play is presented with almost no scenery, with the camp life evoked through almost poetic descriptions, and recreated by the two survivors.
Format: Drama
Cast Size: 22F



For additional reading, see Gene A. Plunka, Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 76–83. See also, Alvin Goldfarb Greek Tragedy and the Nazi Concentration Camps, Exchange (Fall 1980), pp. 1–10.

Original or Prominent Production: Center Stage, NY 2008, Red Fern Theatre Company.
Original Source Material: Charlotte Delbo's own experience of Auschwitz.
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Original Language: French
English Language Translator: Dr. Cynthia Haft

In The Theatre of Revolt, Robert Skloot, ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 1982; and The Theatre of the Holocaust, v. 1, Robert Skloot, ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.

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