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Survivors

Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM
Smith Opera House
Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Department of Religious Studies

A New Play by Wendy Kout

Inspired by the Words and Lives of Rochester Holocaust Survivors
Directed by Sandi Henschel

Crafted from the actual words and experiences of 10 Rochester-based Holocaust survivors, CenterStage Theatre and the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester commissioned this new play to put a human face on this important time in history. A cautionary tale on the risks of normalized hate, this play ensures that the voices of Rochester survivors will never be silenced.

“Survivors” weaves the shocking and inspirational stories of Eva Abrams, Erich Arndt, Arthur Herz, Ellen Lewinsky, Rosemarie Molser, Henry Silberstern, Helen Przysuskier,
Evie Schuerman, Kurt Weinbach and Carl Voldman.

The production team of “Survivors” would like to sincerely thank CHAI (Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, The Alliance for Jewish Theatre, Skylight Theatre (Los Angeles), Bonnie Abrams and Barbara Appelbaum.

We would like to especially thank all the survivors and their families for sharing their stories.

This event is sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Department of Religious Studies.

“From the first moment I saw the actor speak my husband’s story I was so gratified that the playwright was able to capture his spirit and values.”
–Sheila Gissin Weinbach, Widow of Survivor Kurt Weinbach

“Everyone was so incredibly impressed with the performance and the kids truly benefited from it and the important messages within.”
–Jennifer Valentine, Social Studies Teacher, Victor Junior High

“Such an impressive experience that I hardly know where to begin. The text is beautifully complex yet simplistic in its message.”
–Regina Fabro, Monroe Community College Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project

 

 

Tickets:Free admission