Scripts of Holocaust Plays:
Theater plays dealing with the Holocaust, dramas for both adults and young people.
The Theatre of the Holocaust: Volume 1 and Volume 2 Collections of plays about the
Holocaust. Volume 1 contains four plays, all written by survivors. Volume 2 contains six
The Free Zone / The
Workroom by Jean-Claude Grumberg. English translations of two French plays by a
Holocaust survivor, based on his own experiences during and after the war. The Free
Zone tells with humor and warmth the story of a Jewish family seeking refuge in the
unoccupied half of France during WWII. In The Workroom brings to life the
struggles of a group of women working in a tailor's workshop after the war. Great part for
a young boy in each play.
Angel: A Nightmare in Two Acts by
Jo Davidsmeyer. About the trial and execution of Auschwitz warder Irma Grese, executed at
the age of 19.
Voices edited by
Janet Rubin, Research Associate of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum. This anthology pulls together several complete scripts as well
as segments of scripts about the Holocaust. These scripts provide unique opportunities for
students studying the Holocaust to research, recount, reflect, and remember. This
anthology is designed to be relevant as students pass from introductory through
intermediate and advanced levels of Holocaust study. Activities for teaching and learning
about the Holocaust follow each script or excerpt. Appendixes provide resource
I Never Saw Another Butterfly: A
Play by Hana
15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through Terezin from 1942 to 1944; less than
100 survived. Their daily misery, courage, hopes and fears were recorded in poems and
pictures. Their voices survive today.
Judgment at Nuremberg: A Play
by Abby Mann
Abby Mann's riveting drama Judgment at Nuremberg brought some
of the worst Nazi atrocities to public attention and is one of the 20th century's most
important records of the Holocaust. Originally written as a 1957 television play, later
made into an Academy Award winning 1961 film, and available now for the first time in
print (using the text of Mann's recent Broadway adaptation), Judgment at Nuremberg
is as potent and relevant as ever. To this day the Nuremberg trials stand as a model for
international criminal tribunals, due in large measure to the spotlight thrown on them by
Mann's dramatic interpretation of the historic events.
Anne Frank and Me - a
play for young people that shows the lie of Holocaust deniers.
The Diary of Anne Frank (play
and related readings)
The Man in the Glass Booth
by Robert Shaw, set in 1964, the Israeli Mossad kidnaps Jewish businessman Arthur Goldman
from his New York City apartment and brings him to Israel to be tried for war crimes.
Dear Esther - a play
for young adults by Richard Rashke. The story of young Esther Raab's escape from eastern
Poland's Sobibor death camp. A tale of survival.
A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow - about the
reuniting of two sisters separated by the Holocaust.
Plays of the Holocaust: An
Playing for Time by
Arthur Miller, about the Jewish prisoners of the Auschwitz orchestra.
Research about Holocaust / Shoah Dramas:
During the Holocaust collects for the first time critical essays, memoirs, and
primary source materials relating to the history of Jewish drama, cabaret, music, and
opera under the Third Reich.
Staging the Holocaust
: The Shoah in Drama and Performance
by Claude Schumacher (editor). Scholarly analysis of Holocaust
theatrical productions in Israel, America, Poland, France, Italy and Germany. The
collected essays trace the development of the realistic/documentary stagings of the
1950s-1970s to today's avant-garde shows. This is the first book that deals with Holocaust
plays "in performance," and provides many previously unpublished drawings and
documents, as well as an important descriptive bibliography
Spectacular Suffering : Theatre,
Fascism and the Holocaust - this intelligent textbook explores the struggle
to represent--in the theatre, on film and in museums--the unrepresentable landscape of the
Holocaust and urges scholars from a variety of disciplines to re-think how we remember
historical instances of suffering and atrocity.