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- DescriptionThe concentration camp and Jewish ghetto at Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in what is w the Czech Republic, was a site of ermous 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-kwn aspect of their artistic endeavors, deserve serious attention as well. Performing Captivity collects eleven theatrical texts - cabaret songs and sketches, historical and verse dramas, puppet plays, and a Purim play - written 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 velist Ivan Klima, who was interned in the ghetto as a child, and contains a detailed introduction by editor Lisa Peschel about the prewar theatrical influences and wartime conditions that inspired the theater of the ghetto. The array of theatrical forms collected in Performing Captivity speaks of the prisoners' persistence of hope in a harrowing time and will be moving reading for students of the Holocaust.
- Author BiographyLisa Peschel has been researching theatrical performance in Terezin since 1998.
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication04/04/2014
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Series TitleIn Performance
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Content Note30 halftones
- Weight640 g
- Width161 mm
- Height194 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Edited byLisa Peschel
- Introduction byLisa Peschel
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