Tags: crimes against humanity

Albert Speer

Plucked from obscurity to be Hitler’s architect and minister of war, Albert Speer became the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany and the closest Hitler had to a friend. This panoramic adaptation of Gitta Sereny’s definitive and magisterial biography tells the epic story of a man whose devotion to Hitler blinded him to the worst crime of the twentieth century.

Cathedral of Ice

Influenced by the playwright having been in Germany during Kristallnacht, the highly theatrical play conflates many historic atrocities, such as the destruction of Native Americans, and totalitarian rulers with the Holocaust and Hitler. The allegorical characters of Night and Fog, the euphemism the Nazis used to order the disappearance of so-called enemies of the state, represent the victims of the Holocaust.

Nuremberg

A documentary drama that uses the actual transcripts of the Nuremberg trials of the twenty-three most significant military and political leaders of the Third Reich held between 1945 and 1946 in front of the International Military Tribunal. The play has been described as “a meticulous reconstruction.”

Sugar, Herbert, Sugar [Cukurs, Herberts, Cukurs]

A highly controversial musical production honoring the memory of Latvian aviator and Nazi war criminal Herberts Cukurs. Known as the “Butcher of Riga” for his atrocities against Jews in the Riga ghetto, Cukurs was part of the Arajs Kommando, a Nazi killing squad that is believed to have murdered 30,000 people in Latvia during WWII. Because Cukurs fled to South America after the war, he never stood trial and his involvement has never been proved, despite eyewitness accounts that corroborate his involvement in the killing of Jews and the burning of synagogues in Riga. But in a country that views Nazi collaborators as heroes because they fought the Russian army and Moscow’s grip on the region during the war, this production is an attempt to portray Heberts Cukurs as a Latvian aviation pioneer and national hero, whitewashing his crimes against humanity.

The Devoured

A physically intense one-man show directly addressing the audience where a Jewish father, newly released from concentration camps relives and recounts the horrifying journey he and his family experienced.

The Man in the Glass Booth

The Man in the Glass Booth, by Robert Shaw who was a well-known actor and writer, is somewhat influenced by the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The lead character is Arthur Goldman, a very wealthy Jewish businessmen living in Manhattan in 1965. Israeli secret service agents kidnap him and transport him to Israel, put him in a bulletproof glass booth, and prosecute him, charging that Goldman is not a Jew, but in reality a significant Nazi war criminal, guilty of horrific genocidal crimes. The play has a shocking final dramatic twist.

The White Crow

Subtitled Eichmann in Jerusalem, The White Crow is set in the basement office of an Israeli police station in the summer of 1960. Adolf Eichmann, German SS officer and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, is under interrogation. He has been tracked down in Argentina and brought to Israel to stand trial for his crimes. The play explores Eichmann’s psyche and goes beyond his defense that he was merely following orders.

Violences à Vichy

Chartreux, who is also known for his work as an actor, director, and translator, explores, in a seriocomic style, the ongoing impact on French society of the collaboration of the Vichy government with the occupying Nazis by having contemporary figures debate its horrific acts.