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Performing Captivity, Performing Escape : Cabarets and Plays from the Terezin/Theresienstadt Ghetto

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ISBN13:

9780857420008

ISBN10:
0857420003
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/15/2014
Publisher(s):
Univ of Chicago Pr

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This is the edition with a publication date of 4/15/2014.
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Summary

The concentration camp and Jewish ghetto at Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in what is now the Czech Republic, was a site of enormous suffering, fear, and death; but in the midst of this was a thriving and desperately vibrant cultural life. While the children's drawings and musical pieces created in the ghetto have become justly famous, the prisoners' theatrical works, though a lesser-known aspect of their artistic endeavors, deserves serious attention as well. Performing Captivitycollects eleven theatrical textscabaret songs and sketches, historical and verse dramas, puppet plays, and a Purim playwritten by Czech and Austrian Jews. Together these works reveal the wide range of ways in which the prisoners engaged with and escaped from life in the ghetto through performance. The anthology opens with an insightful preface by novelist Ivan Klima, who was interned in the ghetto as a child, and contains a detailed introduction by editor Lisa Peschel about the pre-war theatrical influences and wartime conditions that inspired the theater of the ghetto. The array of theatrical forms collected inPerforming Captivityspeaks of the prisoners' persistence of hope in a harrowing time and will be moving reading for students of the Holocaust.


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