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Modern-day teen Nicole doubts the truth about the Holocaust and could not care less about it until she finds herself in a cattle truck being transported to a concentration camp along with Anne Frank.
Every year, in Badenheim, a hedonistic crowd is gathered, waiting for the opening of the arts festival, all the while ignoring the signs of the coming catastrophe. But the inevitable happens: they all get taken to the train station, to be stuffed into cargo cars that will take them east.
Set in the office responsible for scheduling trains in the Third Reich, the short play dramatizes the bureaucracy behind the Holocaust. A dispatcher saves his own job and life by establishing the schedules that will allow the Nazis to transport thousands of Jews—referred to as waste products—to the extermination centers.
Eich, whose work is based on poetry he has written with the same title, and clearly influenced by Freudian theories of dream interpretation, is a radio play that contains an initial “dream” that describes how Jews and other prisoners were transported to the concentration camps in horrific railroad cars and how this dream is a recurrent nightmare in post-war Germany.
Using his highly theatrical style, Gatti dramatizes the curious circumstance confronting some survivors of the Auschwitz extermination camp, who were forced to travel for months by train by their Soviet liberators, with ironic parallels to their earlier horrific transport to the death camp.
The play dramatizes the trip of four children, sentenced to death by Nazis, in a truck on the way to their slaughter. The children act out future life events they have heard from their parents. They are accompanied by a German soldier, who is convicted of assisting Jewish children, and who is also on his way to the death camp. The character of Mr. Fugue, the German soldier, is ironically based on Janusz Korczak, who ran the ghetto orphanage in Warsaw, and who accompanied his children to the Treblinka extermination center.
SB6, an acronym for “Sonderbehandlung 6” or “Special Treatment 6” represents the last six months of life for the families sent in transports from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz in 1943. The play portrays the experiences and dilemmas of life, rather than focusing on the imminent death, of a group of boys in the children’s block of the camp. 4,000 Czechoslovakian Jews were sent to their deaths precisely six months after their arrival in the camp.
Dramatizes the dreams and fears of Jewish female prisoners from Czechoslovakia who are being transported to a Nazi concentration camp.