Terezin Project: Children of the Holocaust (Digital Video Production)

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater
Grade Level: 7-12
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In its 50th anniversary year, this powerful play, produced throughout the world, returns in video form to reach new generations!

The problems of hatred, prejudice and indifference are present in our communities and in our schools. In a moving and inspiring performance featuring young actors, Terezin: Children of the Holocaust provides an historical context within which to examine these critically important issues.

Inspired by the art and poetry of the children of Terezin, playwright Anna Smulowitz, the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, wrote the play in order to sustain the memory of the victims, including her many family members who did not survive. The play depicts two days in a cell at Terezin or Theresienstadt, a concentration camp outside of Prague that imprisoned many European Jews, including over 15,000 children.

It is the story of six of these children, and chronicles the last two days of their lives before being deported to their deaths at Auschwitz. While the play suggests the grim reality of what lies ahead, it is also a testament to the hope that children naturally possess, and shows how these particular children achieved a triumph of spirit through their personal relationships and their artwork.

Length: 1hr45m, including playwright intro. (16min), drama (1hr5min) and post-show cast discussion (20min)
Curriculum Connection: Holocaust Education, Theater Arts, Conflict Resolution, Standing up to Hate, Intolerance, and Bullying

Digital Video: $714 for 1 week of access
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

School has access to the video for one week unless otherwise stated in contract. Do not distribute video link outside of the agreed upon parties. Downloads are prohibited. Please introduce the ensemble as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artists.