Brief synopsis: 1942: 8160 Jews are rounded up by the Paris police and held in the Vel’ d’Hiv stadium before being sent to French internment camps. 11-year-old Joseph Weismann and his family are transported to Beaune-la-Rolande. Soon, his parents and sisters are brutally torn away from him and sent to Auschwitz. He is left behind with 1000 other children, who are told that they’ll be reunited with their parents. Unable to believe this, he makes a daring escape. In this play, Joseph, now 87, gives a moving account of his experiences to a diverse group of students in a French middle school.
Format: A play in 5 short acts
Cast Size: 7M, 2W
Character breakdown

Cast breakdown: Joseph Weismann, survivor of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup (Paris, 1942)
Michel, principal / history teacher
7 Ninth grade students:
David, Sandra, Kevin, Mokhtar, Jean-Pierre, Eléonore, and François


Original or Prominent Production: Projected date: June 29, 2020 in Paris
Original Source Material: The true experiences of Joseph Weismann.
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: French
English Language Translator: Richard Kutner

Publisher and publication dates: L’Harmattan
5-7, rue de l’École-Polytechnique
Publication date: 2019

Production Rights Holder:

Manuel Cordouan

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