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- Experience Chronicled
- Allegoric or Metaphoric Representations
- Concentration and Extermination Camps
- Deniers and Denial
- Germany, Hitler and the Growth of Nazism
- European Jewry Before the Holocaust
- The Ghettos
- Righteous Gentiles
- Nazi War Crimes and Judgement
- Other Victims of Nazi Persecution
- Perpetrators, Bystanders and Collaborators
- Survivors and Subsequent Generations
- Theater During Holocaust
- Women and the Holocaust
- Experience Chronicled
A docudrama that chronicles the 1944 prisoners' uprising. The first act details the preparations for the revolt—the smuggling of gunpowder from the camp's arms factory by women working there to the Sonderkommando who oversee the gassing of prisoners and the property left behind by those gassed. The revolt is successful in destroying some of the death machinery. However, in the second act, one of the conspirators betrays colleagues. Yet, those who are captured and face torture and death exhibit great courage and resilience, particularly the protagonist Roza Robota and her female compatriots.
A play, based on the novella A Cat in the Ghetto by Auschwitz survivor Rachmil Bryks, is set in a carpet factory in the Lodz Ghetto prior to its destruction. The play focuses on Blaustein, the head of the factory and a variety of characters working under Blaustein who are struggling to survive.
Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943 is based on the true story of four close-knit friends and their encounter with transcendent forces. Over a period of 17 months, despite the chaos in Nazi-occupied Hungary, Gitta Mallasz, Lili Strauss, Joseph Kreutzer, and Hanna Dallos held weekly meetings every Friday afternoon. During these meetings, Hanna received channeled messages from four entities—four distinctly different personalities—who spoke through her and gave counsel and comfort to the quartet. In 1976, Gitta Mallasz, the only survivor of the group, turned the transcripts from these meetings into the book Talking with Angels, which Shelley Mitchell then adapted into this critically acclaimed solo performance.
The Final Solution, a play written in three acts, is set in a factory that originally manufactured baking equipment but has been transformed by the Nazis into a site for the construction of ovens for the extermination centers. The play focuses on the moral quandry of the company’s lead engineer as he is forced to continue to collaborate in the mass destruction of European Jews.