"If you should find this letter, tell someone. We want to go home. Please remember us." Chaim Landau, age 12, Terezinstadt, 1942
The problems of hatred, prejudice, bullying and indifference are present in our communities and in our schools. Children sit alone at lunch and are teased because they are different. Youngsters are bullied on the playground, but others do nothing because they are afraid. Unacceptable behavior is tolerated or ignored if it comes from our superstar athletes or the "popular kids." And hatred continues to be a cancer that will devour our souls and leave us only barren shells of what we might have been.
Terezin - Children of the Holocaust, the recipient of the 1984 Children's Television Drama Award, provides an historical context within which to examine these critically important issues. Playwright and director Anna Smulowitz, the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, wrote this play in order to sustain the memory of the victims, including her many family members who did not survive. Terezin depicts two days in a cell at Terezinstadt, a concentration camp outside of Prague that imprisoned many wealthy European Jews, as well as over 18,000 children, for nearly two years. The play is the story of six of these children, and chronicles the last two days of their lives at Terezin before being deported to their deaths at Auschwitz.
While the play suggests the grim reality of what lies ahead, it is also a portrait of the hope that children naturally possess, and how these particular children achieved a triumph of spirit through their personal relationships and their artwork. Terezin can be used to introduce some very difficult subjects to students, such as racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance, but can also serve to educate them about the Holocaust and other devastating chapters in our history, and to ensure that this kind of event never takes place again. Ms. Smulowitz's intention is to spread a profound message of healing and hope, and to help others combat hatred and intolerance.
After a weekend at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA (October 14-18), Terezin is commencing a tour of schools and communities during the coming year. Performances are approximately 75 minutes and are generally followed by questions and conversations among our cast and your students. This play is appropriate for children ages 13 and up, as well as for adults.
We would like to give you the opportunity to book a performance of Terezin - Children of the Holocaust at your school. To do so, or for further information, please contact Anna Smulowitz or myself at the following email addresses and/or telephone numbers:
Anna Smulowitz (Playwright/Director) - firstname.lastname@example.org (978) 502-8468
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.