Tags: Adam Czerniaków

The Attic Room

A dream play about Adam Czerniaków, a real historical figure and chair of the Jewish Council in the Warsaw ghetto from 1939 through 1942, who was called on to designate Jewish children for deportation from the ghetto, which he knew meant their deaths. He commits suicide with the fictional character Rachael Wyze, a present day Israeli journalist, who, while serving in the army, witnesses the needless murder of a Palestinian girl by an Israeli sergeant. When called on to testify, she has to choose between the truth, which means injuring Israel, or lying, which she believes would injure Judaism. In her bitter confrontation with Adam over what she terms his failed leadership during the time of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, she admits she also committed suicide when she could not decide to decide.