Tags: France

Laugh God!

The one-act drama, written by a sophomore at Ohio State University in 1935, focuses on Heinrich Heine, the renowned nineteenth-century poet who was a German Jew who converted to Christianity to further his social acceptance and spent much of his life in Paris, where he died. The play begins and ends with the burning of books by Jews, including Heine, in the Third Reich on May, 10, 1933.

The Men [Les Hommes]

Based on Delbo’s experiences, the play presents French women imprisoned prior to deportation in the period between 1942 and 1943. While separated from their men, who are often taken to execution, they decide to stage a comedy by Alfred de Musset, using the various skills of the imprisoned women, in order to take their minds of the horrific circumstances.

The Workroom [L’Atelier]

The Workroom takes place in France between 1945 and 1952 and chronicles the lives of seamstresses and a tailor who have survived Nazi occupation and struggle in the post-war as well as the Jewish shop owner, who hid in an attic during the Holocaust. One of the seamstresses continues to search for her Jewish husband who was deported.