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Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust

Remember the Women Institute has launched a new second edition of the Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust, that we first published in 2015. The new edition, with added material, is available as a free, downloadable PDF. Following an Introduction by Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Section 1 is a new annotated bibliography with three parts: Part 1 lists plays about women and the Holocaust; Part 2 lists plays about the Holocaust by women; and Part 3 lists books about women, theatre, and the Holocaust. Section 2 of the handbook contains two personal essays about creating dramatic presentations. Dr. Meghan Brodie, Assistant Professor of Theater, Ursinus College, describes her experience working with her students at University of Southern Maine on In the Underworld, a play about Ravensbrück translated from Germaine Tillionís Le Verfügbar aux Enfers. Dr. Alice Shalvi, an Israel Prize awardee for Lifetime Achievement, writes about the initiation and implementation of Refidim Junction, a musical theatre piece that originated with the discovery of letters written by her mother in 1930s Germany. Section 3 offers teachers an outline frame, created by Karen Shulman, Educational Consultant for Remember the Women Institute, for a study plan that uses theatre to teach about women in the Holocaust.

Theatre has the power to make history more alive for viewers, whether it is strictly factual or evokes the spirit of what actually transpired. This resource handbook, with plays by and about women that were written and presented from the time of the Holocaust until today, helps us to better understand the experiences that women suffered as women.

Our resource handbook will also be a component of two projects that deal with the Holocaust and theatre in general: the Holocaust Theater Catalog of the National Jewish Theater Foundation in the United States; and All About Jewish Theatre, a virtual encyclopedia in Israel.

We welcome reader recommendations for additions to the bibliographies, as well as other essays and lesson plans about women, theatre, and the Holocaust. Suggestions can be sent to

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